SA on digital forensics world stage

August 2011 News, Cyber Security

The Digital Forensics Lab of Specialised Services Group (SSG) has taken a step onto the global stage. Incorporating expertise from experienced forensics experts in Johannesburg, Washington DC, London and Mauritius, the Lab has joined forces with Decision Intelligence International to offer local forensic services internationally.

Riana Smalberger, head of the local Digital Forensic Lab explains that digital forensics is basically the investigation of electronic data for public and private organisations. This operation requires a meticulous investigative methodology if satisfactory results are to be obtained.

The new company will operate under the Decision Intelligence International banner, headed by CEO John Brennan. While the SSG Lab has been in operation for some time, the new business will be able to attract international customers with the offer of world-class forensic services from Africa, at a lower cost.

Through its investment in cloud infrastructure, Decision Intelligence International will be able to identify, collect and preserve data, as well as analyse it in a secure manner that can be used in court. Moreover, to be able to use the results in court, the analysis must be transparent and secure, ensuring that no person is able to bias the results in favour of a client. The collection, storage and analysis of the data must also be beyond question to ensure the correct results are always obtained.

“The Lab has invested in significant infrastructure, both hardware and software to ensure we can offer forensics services on par with the best in the world,” Smallberger says. “Whether it is discovering that an employee stole the company’s customer database or tracking global fraud syndicates, Decision Intelligence International has the infrastructure and expertise to handle the job.”

The Lab, based in Johannesburg, is secured with biometric access control, bulletproof windows and fireproof doors, while CCTV surveillance is in constant operation, not to mention electronic security to protect data under analysis. Smallberger says it is geared to detect any crime in which a computer or electronic device was used.

Some of the services on offer include:

* Fraud (hard drive analysis),

* Intellectual property theft,

* Cyber stalking.

* E-mail tracing.

* Network intrusion.

* Mobile device analysis.

* CCTV analysis.

* Expert witness services.

Hi-Tech Security Solutions will delve deeper into the world of digital forensics in future issues.

For more information contact SSG Forensic Lab, +27 (0)11 518 3700,

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