Forensics, Data Loss Prevention, Data Recovery and Clinical Data
people see the term "Computer Forensics" they often have
an image in their mind of the police taking away computers, hard-drives
and bags of discs to be examined in a lab in order to gather digital
evidence to assist in a criminal investigation, and although this
is one use of computer forensics it is not the only use.
forensics are often used in Data Loss Prevention and as an aid in
Data Recovery. The software used can access your drives without
mounting them, meaning that we can look into what is affecting your
files without causing further damage, we can then perform some read
only operations and if required make a digital image of your drive
for further analysis. This process of capturing data is known as
"imaging" and is achieved by making a copy of the hard
drive allowing us to view the contents of the computer including
those areas that would not normally be visible to the user.
can also use computer forensics to assertain if there has been any
misuse or theft of company data, and as our software can examine
a drive without leaving a digital footprint the user has no way
of knowing that the drive has ever been accessed. By covertly analysing
the drive without altering any of the data on it, the business owner
can if needed hand the hard drive over to the police who will then
be able to use it as evidence in a court case. The captured image
can then be cleaned up, copied onto another hard drive and installed
into the computer so the business can carry on without any major
Preventing data loss is a major headache for companies and while
most businesses have stringent backup procedures in place there
are still many that don't. Nowadays, most computer tasks can be
set to automatically backup as they are being performed, this is
useful if you are working on a big project and your software has
that feature, if not you have to get into the habit of saving your
work frequently. Your computer can also be set to back up your data
on an hourly or daily basis and this is useful if you are processing
a lot of data. Once you have that set up you then need to look at
how these backups are going to be stored and given the size of these
files, gone are the days of backing up to a Zip drive while you
put on your coat before you head off home.
there are now many backup solutions available, from mirrored drives
to cloud storage with many in between. We recommend using an Uninterupted
Power Supply or UPS to allow the transfer of data in the event of
a power failure along with a 3 tier system, where a copy of your
data is stored away from your premises. If you would like us to
help you formulate a backup plan and discuss the various options
available to you then please contact us and we will be happy to
arrange an appointment to come and see you.
Failures happen, data can become corrupt, drives can become unreadable
and this can happen for many reasons. The most common reason for
data loss is hardware failure, this can be due to the age of the
equipment, a fault in the system or even a loss of power.
are of course many other things that can result in the loss of data
including: the accidental deletion of files, viruses, malware, partition
errors, formatted hard drives or system crashes which result in
the dreaded blue screen. Once
this happens your options are limited, you can write off the data
if it is old or no longer required, you can spend time trying to
reconstruct the data or if it is important you can see if it can
be recovered using one of our data recovery options.
can work with most storage devices including: Hard Drives, SATA,
IDE, SSD, Flash Media, Micro SD Cards, SAS, RAID and NAS Drives.
The good news is that in most cases the data can be recovered in
house and we have succesfully recovered data from failed hard drives,
formatted memory cards and faulty USB sticks. If the drive has suffered
too much physical damage then we will refer you to one of our associates
for a more specialised laboratory recovery.
Many companies still have files stored on Zip, Jaz, Cassette, CD,
3.5" and 5.25" floppy disks and quite often use our services
to recover the data from them and transfer the salvaged files onto
a more accessible media.
Before you recycle your old computer or donate it to a charity shop
make sure that you have removed all of the data from it. Resetting
the PC or formatting the hard drive will not remove all your data,
even if you have deleted your files prior to carrying out the procedure.
If you are wanting to recycle the computer then you will need to
have the data wiped from it permanently, this is not only for your
protection but is also a legal requirement under the Data Protection
is stored as binary numbers, by magnetism, electronics or optics
and you have to remember that data is not only stored on the hard
drive, it is also stored on other components within the computer.
The computer's BIOS for example contains operating instructions,
including passwords stored as data in its electronic memory. If
you are considering recycling your old tech then you should give
us a call and we will carry out an in depth "Clinical Data
Destruction" procedure to "Ministry Standards" and
return a clean machine to you. We can even re-instate the operating
system, drivers and supporting software so that the machine can
be donated fully functional.
If you are wanting to permanently dispose of your old computer,
then we can carry out a level one destruction of the components
that may contain data, this includes the hard drive, processor,
bios and memory chips.
you require further information or a quotation on these or any of
our services please Contact