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Crime laboratory accreditation for CyberEvidence

CyberEvidence : 31 March, 2009  (Company News)
Forensic computer investigations company passes stringent requirements for accreditation with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors
CyberEvidence has attained the prestigious American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) accreditation after a rigorous year-long evaluation process by an independent ASCLD/LAB team.

According to CyberEvidence President and CEO, Paul Brown, "Investigating virtual crime scenes and having the evidence upheld in civil court requires adherence to the same strict protocols and stringent procedures used by criminal investigators, including not destroying, contaminating, or tampering with evidence. The public demands that law enforcement and governmental labs perform at the highest levels of accountability. Companies and law firms seeking digital forensic services in the private sector should demand no less."

Brown, a retired Houston Police Department sergeant and veteran of the computer forensics field for more than 20 years, is comfortable working on both criminal and civil investigations. "Our cases don't always have the sizzle of a CSI episode, but what starts as a simple policy infraction can quickly escalate into a major investigation with serious civil, regulatory, or criminal implications," cautions Brown. According to Brown, handling incidents correctly from the beginning is critical to a successful outcome. "The ASCLD accreditation assures our clients that the methodologies and procedures followed by CyberEvidence exceed industry standards."

CyberEvidence, celebrating its 11th year in business, provides computer forensics investigations and training, e-discovery support, and expert witness testimony for corporations, organizations, and law firms involved in investigations or litigation. CyberEvidence recently completed a major lab expansion and in January, 2009, was named Guidance Software "Training Partner of the Year' for the Americas.

"A quick Google search shows that many individuals with little more than a computer wrongly claim to be digital forensics experts," Brown added. Brown recommends that companies seeking a service partner confirm relevant expertise, insurance, certifications in computer forensic methodology, Private Investigator licensing, and ASCLD accreditation.

ASCLD/LAB has accredited labs since 1982 and is highly regarded by professionals in the industry.

According to its Web site, the ASCLD/LAB exists to:

* develop and maintain criteria which may be used by a laboratory to assess its level of performance and to strengthen its operation;
* offer to the general public and to users of laboratory services a means of identifying laboratories demonstrating that they meet established standards.

"Meeting the rigorous ASCLD/LAB performance and quality assurance standards is no easy task. Performing at this level requires a serious commitment to implement and maintain the highest level of quality assurance programs," said Brown, a frequent speaker for legal clients, corporations, and industry professionals.

Each CyberEvidence forensic investigator is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), having demonstrated mastery of computer investigation methodology and use of the software in complex computer examinations. CyberEvidence is a licensed Private Investigations company. Many states (Texas included) have strong laws requiring computer forensic examiners to be licensed.

Brown founded the company in 1998 and CyberEvidence's first clients included the FBI and the New Scotland Yard Anti-Terrorism Unit. Since then, CyberEvidence has trained thousands of investigators from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, universities, and corporations of all sizes and conducted hundreds of investigations.

The company's client list includes a number of the Fortune 100. Law firms account for approximately 60 percent of CyberEvidence's client base, with nearly 90 percent of the company's work involving intellectual property theft, stolen digital assets, and embezzlement.

"Attaining ASCLD/LAB accreditation is the goal of any lab committed to demonstrating the highest level of quality assurance," Brown said. "ASCLD/LAB accreditation sets the bar high. Not all are willing, or able, to make the commitment."

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