March 23, 2011 (Houston, TX) McCann Investigations performs due diligence for clients involved in mergers and acquisitions. Our practice is focused on buyer side business intelligence that helps our clients make better risked weighted decisions. Most due diligence teams simply focus on the diligence items of the corporation, such as financial due diligence, operations due diligence, and client due diligence. An area not typically covered in the due diligence process is imaging of the “to-be-acquired” company’s IT infrastructure. The imaging and collection of data on the day of the acquisition can reveal insights into the activities of key personnel prior to the transaction. Whether it is undisclosed corporate interests, or the exporting of proprietary information, properly imaging the IT Infrastructure (including servers, desktops and laptops) in a forensically sound manner by licensed and accredited experts ensures that any evidence of conspiracy will be available for use in litigation, should the need arise.
One of the most common acts of conspiracy against a company is the exporting of proprietary information. This could be by a departing sales person who is stealing a client list. Or it can be an employee leaving the company to start their own business and copying proprietary files. Most recently, there was a Wall Street Journal article about a Goldman Sachs ex-programmer was sentenced to 8 years for stealing a confidential source code for a high speed trading program. It is important that any forensic computer evidence collected, is facilitated by a third party. Using in-house IT personnel would render the data contaminated and could not be used in litigation. Using a third party licensed and accredited computer forensics examiner ensures that the data maintains integrity and can be used as evidence.
Imaging and extraction of data must be stored in a forensically sound method to ensure the reliability of the data. Analytics tools can be utilized in order to search and tag the data to find evidence of conspiracy. Emails, Word files, PDFs, excel spreadsheets, autocad files, etc. become searchable. McCann Investigations provides clients with training in order to access analytics software, as no one better knows key words and terms than the client. However, McCann Investigations also has technicians available to assist with maximizing the analysis tools. Search features within the analytics software can drill down to the most detailed data. McCann Investigations now provides clients with technical support to ensure that they are optimizing the analytics tools. Another service that McCann offers clients are the services of the computer forensics examiners to facilitate analysis for the client. Whether our client wishes to do the analysis themselves, or whether they want us to assist in the analytics portion of the computer forensics examination – McCann Investigations has the options that best suit their needs.
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