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Guardian Forensics Cycling Team takes on Little Rock Cross Winds Classic

Guardian Forensics Cycling Team takes on Little Rock Cross Winds Classic

In 2019, Guardian Forensics is the proud sponsor of its first Cycling Team that will battle across the Oklahoma and Arkansas races series. The athletes on Team Guardian will compete across multiple race disciplines that include Mountain Bike Cross County, Enduro, Cyclocross, Gravel, and Road races. Team Guardian will make its first appearance in Little Rock, Arkansas February 24th at the Cross Winds Classic. The team will be anchored by Ted Neal, Northside football coach out of Fort Smith Arkansas and Alvey Matlock, a digital forensics expert out of Oklahoma.

About Us

Guardian Forensics is a technology company that provides digital forensics, electronic discovery (eDiscovery) cybersecurity & incident response consulting. Guardian offers best practices in digital forensics with clients in need of collecting, preservation, analysis of digital evidence. Our services are design for providing litigation support in Civil, Corporate, and Criminal casework.

Additionally, Guardian provides incident response and data breach assessments, ransomware, advanced persistent threat services that will verify if an attack occurred, identify the attacker’s path of entry, help eliminate the threat, and determine the overall severity of the breach. Our threat hunting assessments identify problems not normally visible to vulnerability and PEN testing.

A normal day with Guardian ranges from working with clients dealing with all types of legal issues that include:

  • Corporate investigations of Theft of Intellectual Property
  • Data Breaches, Insider threats
  • Fraud of all types
  • Sexual harassment
  • Family law such as divorce and child custody
  • Personal injury cases with distracted driving
  • Advising attorneys working in Criminal defense

Guardian also provides DMX (digital media exploitation) expertise in the federal government sector. Lastly, Guardian volunteers its services and expertise in digital forensics to law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma.

Guardian is an Oklahoma and Arkansas built company that is based in Bentonville Arkansas and Tulsa Oklahoma serving clients nationwide.

eDiscovery and Digital Privacy

eDiscovery and Digital Privacy

The digital age has rapidly shaped how we communicate and function as humans, whether it be with the iPhone, a digital medical device or a virtual gathering site such as Facebook. Most of these advancements have been positive, however, it has also brought an ominous shadow behind us.  eDiscovery is now a very essential tool in civil and criminal cases across the country, so it is important to understand how eDiscovery and digital privacy communicates. For a detailed explanation about eDiscovery and its process, click here.

eDiscovery is unique as it joins the judicial world with the technological one.  In 2018, governments globally are trying to compete with the evolution of the digital world and define individual privacy.  In the United States, there is no overarching law regarding personal data, but the right to privacy is a common law that is incorporated elsewhere and bound through several pieces of legislation.  To name a few:

 

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Right to Financial Privacy Act (RFPA)  
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)  
  • Health Information Technology for Economic & Clinical Health (HITECH) Act  
  • Children’s Online Protection Act (COPA)  
  • State Breach Notification Laws  
  • State Data Transfer Laws

 

These legislatures are in place to protect the privacy of individuals on a basic level and in their everyday lives.  However, when a court case arises that requires digital evidence there are compliance regulations for these. Both eDiscovery and digital privacy can be perplexing, so it can get rather gray on how these procedures comply with eDiscovery.

This can be a very complex topic to cover and grasp, so we recommend talking to an eDiscovery specialist and/or a lawyer if you would like details on the constitutional aspects of your case.

 

eDiscovery & Why You Should Know About It

eDiscovery & Why You Should Know About It

eDiscovery is the search, collection and analyzation of digital information on an individual in response to or for the purpose of being used in court (as evidence).  

Every person that uses electronic devices or accesses the internet has a digital record.  The nature of how these devices and/or programs process is excellent for investigative needs.  Digital records usually have a time stamp and geographical and recipient information (to name a few) and they are near impossible to destroy.  Not to mention, thousands of photos are taken of the internet per second.

Electronically stored data can be that broad, but as specific as voicemails, images, social media, emails and entire databases. so what exactly could be used in eDiscovery?  Well, anything in those categories – from spreadsheets, calendars and even your virus protection.

Think about it:  An entire legal case can be sitting on what the digital record said.

So how does eDiscovery’s process work?  If you are in a legal battle and either party would like to use electronic information as evidence, eDiscovery will be necessary.  The best way to execute this is by using a digital forensics expert. Guardian has extensive experience in building successful cases in digital forensics, eDiscovery and with law enforcement in general.  Our team works to protect the integrity of the information until it is used in court. These experts are educated on the process necessary to analyze, recover and save the information in accordance with the rules to submit evidence to the court.  

 

eDiscovery itself, however, is not merely attached to merely technology, it connects political, security, personal and constitutional pieces. Click here to get more detailed information on this collaborative effort and your digital privacy rights.

Guardian Forensics is sponsoring booth at the Oklahoma Bar Annual Conference

Guardian Forensics is sponsoring booth at the Oklahoma Bar Annual Conference

Oklahoma Bar.2018, November 7-8, Guardian Booth

Guardian Forensics provides Attorneys the best in Digital Forensics, eDiscovery, & Cyber Security Services.

Supporting the Boomer Sooner Attorneys to Unlock the Truth with a combination of services in Digital Forensics, eDiscovery, and Cyber Security. Guardian will be making its presence known at this year’s Oklahoma Bar conference being hosted in Tulsa, OK. Working with the best legal professionals in Oklahoma is an honor and challenge unique to each case. Take the time to come by our booth and meet Team Guardian and one of our digital forensics experts, Alvey Matlock.

Forensics experts in Computers | Cell Phones | Cloud | Drones | Social Media

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Unlocking the Truth.

These are not ordinary times. It’s imperative for you to make the right choice when selecting a digital forensics company. Visit us at the Guardian Booth and allows us to begin supporting your complex legal and regulatory challenges, constantly changing technology complexity in litigation, cyber risk, and the need to help drive a safe business strategy.

Corporate investigations include Intellectual Property | Data Breach Assessments | Employee Misconduct

Beating the Cyberattack: Preventing Cyberattacks

Beating the Cyberattack: Preventing Cyberattacks

Owning or running a business is more than a full-time job. The bottom line is an always looming reminder that you need to do more, to produce or even sell more to keep business going. Not only that, but you also must worry about the day-to-day workings of your business. And one of the biggest concerns for many business owners is their IT needs. With the growing threat of cyber attacks and data breaches, for many businesses, it is a matter of time before they are hit with an attack. If this happens to your business, know that there is help in the form of cyber forensics professionals who can help you recover and find out who attacked you. If your company hasn’t faced an attack, the following tips are here to help you avoid future cybercrime and therefore begin preventing cyberattacks:

Monitor your networks.

Keeping a close eye on your network will help cut down on potentially harmful attacks. Your employees might hate not being able to surf the web at will but having a closely monitored and closed network will promote cyber safety.

Keep up with the updates.

Too many times, companies put off OS updates and program updates. It is seen as a loss of valuable work time that can’t be replaced. So, the updates wait. Not updating programs or OS’s means your company infrastructure doesn’t have the latest upgrades to its cyber protection as well. This leaves you vulnerable. Keep the updates up to date to keep your tech safe.

Spend the money.

When companies want to save money they usually skimp on the IT department, hardware or software. Big mistake. Not having the new or newest protective programs leaves you open for attack. What’s more, hiring under-experienced IT won’t give you the talent to keep things as safe as they should be. Don’t skimp on software or talent.

Email security is a must.

More than one employee has opened a seemingly harmless email only to allow cybercriminals access to the company database. Optimizing email security protocols and rigorous employee training makes it more difficult for criminals to gain access to your company files.

Cybercrime is a sad reality of today’s business world. Prevention is the key to saving time, money and stress. However, if you find your company has experienced a data breach or cyber-attack, contact a digital forensics investigator to find out who is responsible and how to avoid future attacks.

It’s a Trap: Why Free Wi-Fi will Cost You

It’s a Trap: Why Free Wi-Fi will Cost You

It’s a common site; you walk into a coffee shop and see multiple people with their laptops and tablets out, typing away with their drinks and snacks close at hand. It’s nice to be able to work outside the office and thanks to many establishments offering free Wi-Fi, people can work in a relaxed atmosphere while generating business for the establishment offering the internet hook-up.

Seems like a good plan, right? No, not really.

While free Wi-Fi is great for the budget and gives options for getting work done, it can also lead to computer crime.

One major concern when using free Wi-Fi is security. Most places that offer free Wi-Fi can’t or won’t control who uses it. It needs to be easy to access for patrons and hard to crack for hackers. The problem is, many “hackers” are also patrons. And those who aren’t, have no problem cracking public Wi-Fi security to steal information and cause chaos.

At home, personal encryption, antivirus, and firewalls for your router will generally keep you safe from spying and hacking. With so many homes with Wi-Fi, the chances of an outside cybercriminal specifically targeting your system from the outside is minimal.

Since public Wi-Fi is exactly that, public, anyone can get on the network. Different schemes like MiM attacks can easily control correspondence between devices. Just think of that if you’re trying to work with your bank over lunch.

Other cybercrimes like cloning (or diverting your traffic to a cloned site to extract information) and password theft are all too easy when public Wi-Fi is used.

If you just must use public Wi-Fi, there are ways to protect yourself from cybercrime.

First, be picky about where you use. Restricted networks or partially free Wi-Fi are usually safer than full-free sites.

Keep your Wi-Fi off when you aren’t using it and once you get to a trusted network or at home, be sure to change passwords.

Also, keep your antivirus up to date and frequently run scans for malicious activity.

If you do find yourself at the mercy of cybercriminals, don’t fret. Contact the Department of Justice. Their website has a contact page where you can report incidents. Let them know what happened. Also, many police departments will know a reputable computer forensics company you can work with to get more detailed help.