With the accessibility of so much information, and the ease and ability of moving that data in and out, comes a myriad of challenges. This is the very reason we are seeing so many issues related to cyber breaches of personal health, financial, and identifying information being lost by major entities all over the world.
If a situation arises where litigation is even a remote possibility, it is in an organization's best interest to ensure that the collection of digital data is done in such a way that it is above reproach. Digital forensics tools and methodologies allow for data to be collected in a forensically sound manner that meet industry standards, best practices and have been tested in the court of law.
In the field of digital forensics, there is no governing body at the federal or provincial level than accredits examiners as being competent in their field. The industry does not have a bar exam or other system in place to ensure that experts in digital forensics possess even the minimum qualifications necessary to practice in this field.
Everyone has one – an opinion that is. On the face of it, an opinion seems so basic, so understood. An opinion is a view, judgment or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular subject. One thing everyone does not have is a professional opinion.
Passenger Road Vehicle Event Data Recorders (EDR): What Are They and How Do They Benefit Motor Vehicle Claims?October 08, 2020
If you have ever watched one of the many documentaries on the topic of air crash investigations, you will appreciate that the first components an investigator wants to locate at the crash scene are the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, but have you ever considered why? The data recorded by an EDR can be invaluable to aiding the reconstruction of a motor vehicle accident and understanding vehicle, environmental and driver behavioral factors which may have contributed to the cause of a crash.
Burning wildfires, or bushfires, can cause severe havoc on structures and landscapes with an equally aggressive aftermath. Understanding the cause and path of the fire, how weather or terrain can affect movement of the fire, and if structures are built within high-risk areas and built with combustible material can all provide insight on how to conduct insurance claim investigations and determine potential liability or subrogation opportunities.
In recent years, technological innovation has both improved and disrupted our everyday lives, especially for those involved in claims and litigation. Recovered data is proving to be more effective in resolving claims and assigning liability, with expert witnesses everywhere welcoming the reliability of such data; however, the quality and volume of data available can at times prove difficult to process.
On Tuesday, August 4, a catastrophic explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Initial reports point to Ammonium Nitrate being stored in a portside warehouse as the cause of this devastating event. Many questions remain as the investigation into this explosion commences.
As we enter Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, past technologies used in the manufacturing or production infrastructure, called SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), are being merged with technologies, called Internet of Things (IoT), to enhance the ability of control and augmentation of the production environment.
Major data breaches occur quite frequently, where thousands, sometimes millions, of people’s credentials and data are compromised. With privacy laws evolving, organizations are heavily focused on perimeter security, the secured boundary between the private and public side of a network, and keeping hackers out of the company’s private network and away from their assets. Though, many organizations continue to lack awareness and internal controls required to protect themselves from potential damage caused by its very own people.
The desert southwest, including California and Arizona have been hit with a blazing wildfire, and for Arizona in particular, it's the seventh-largest in history. As of early June, the fires have burned nearly 90,000 acres, displaced thousands, and it isn’t stopping any time soon. Wildfire season is always dangerous, and it’s important for residents to take the necessary safety precautions and stay informed.
Across the United States, vehicle fires occur daily. Passenger vehicles, heavy commercial trucks and heavy construction equipment all have the necessary fuels and ignition sources available to cause a fire. Finding the origin and cause of the fire becomes the pivot point in determining what fuel and ignition source are in proximity to one another to have caused the fire.
Many questions have arisen regarding the survivability rates of the Covid-19 virus and how does it compare to other pandemic causing viruses. Envista's environmental scientist and industrial hygienists collected and analyzed data of other coronoaviruses that have affected humans (MERS-CoV, HCoV, SARS-CoV) as well as animal coronaviruses (TGEV and MHV). Check out our infographic to see our findings.
This year more than ever, our front line maritime workers keep vital supplies and cargo moving, despite the challenges presented by the current pandemic. Our Ports have remained open and operational throughout this period, barges have continued to move up and down our inland waterways, and our ferries have continued to carry passengers and vehicles. The Marine Practice at Envista Forensics wants to extend our thanks and gratitude to the U.S. Merchant Marine and all marine workers on National Maritime Day 2020.
With available technology today, there are more sources of data than ever before. As the contents of digital evidence evolves, so too does our responsibility for ensuring that this evidence is quickly acquired and preserved by qualified forensic examiners. In cases such as harassment, it is important to understand the various types of sources to present investigators for the analysis of preserved data.
During this unprecedented time, various contractors have canceled or delayed construction projects, furloughed or laid off workers, and applied for aid under protection programs. All devastating but necessary steps to continue business. Due to these extensive measures, the construction industry has encountered various risks and impacts during COVID-19, many of which it will see for months to come.
In acknowledgement of International Firefighters’ Day, we wanted to acknowledge the many current firefighters that work for us, as several of our investigators are also still part of active fire or police administration. However, our thanks extend well beyond our current employees – to all of the frontline workers who are risking their lives to keep our world safe and return us back to normalcy. To the healthcare workers and first responders, to the men and women delivering mail, to those stocking grocery store shelves or keeping our gas stations open, and all others fighting for us day in and day out, thank you for all you do. We cannot do this without you.
It is likely that most facilities will have performed a controlled shutdown of their building and equipment, but others may have had to expedite shutdown procedures and stop processes in step. This may result in more difficulties when it comes time to restart equipment. As these issues rise to the level of submitting an insurance claim, it will be necessary to be able to properly identify the cause as a result of either normal wear and tear, an excessive idle period, a lack of preventive maintenance, or a deviation from typical operating procedures.
Phishing emails are a common form of Social Engineering utilized by cybercriminals to trick you into handing over personal information about yourself or sensitive information about your company. These phishing emails are designed to look like legitimate emails from a business or colleague, but in fact, they are from bad actor trying to get you to perform an action like clicking a link, giving away your password or downloading an attachment that infects your computer with a virus, malware or even ransomware.
Unplanned shutdowns can cause significant issues with critical equipment such as computer servers, machinery, HVAC equipment and motors unless they are maintained properly. Read more in-depth on the two most common issues facing equipment--reduced maintenance and reduced staffing. Get some tips, on preventing possible failures when systems once again become fully operational.