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The Crazy New World of Cyber Investigations: Law, Ethics, and Evidence

  • Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT (2015-04-27 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Ben Wright

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Increasingly, employers and enterprises are engaged in cyber investigations. The explosion of cyber evidence about every little thing that anyone does or says creates a massive need for HR departments, IT departments, internal auditing departments, and other investigators to find and sift through it all.

Cyber evidence includes, for example:

  • Corporate emails (in which one employee may say something that is discriminatory toward another employee);
  • Social media posts (in which a prospective employee demonstrates that he or she might be a threat to co-workers or, alternatively, that they are an honest and ethical person);
  • Text messages or photos stored on a personal or corporate mobile phone (in which an employee indicates he or she is stealing trade secrets or, conversely, "trying to do the right thing");
  • Video cameras scattered around the workplace; and,
  • Time stamps on emails or text messages that indicate whether an employee is working overtime and is therefore entitled to overtime pay.

These cyber investigations are guided, motivated, and restricted by a blizzard of new laws and court cases.

More than ever before, firms need professionals with backgrounds in cyber forensics, cyber law, and computer privacy to help them oversee their businesses. Likewise, they need advice from lawyers, auditors, and managers with expertise in cyber investigations and the development of policy on data security, computer evidence, and individual privacy. This engaging webinar will survey the big trends in this dynamic field.

Speaker Bio

Ben Wright

Benjamin Wright is a practicing attorney based in Dallas, Texas, focusing on technology law. He serves as a Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute, and is the author and sole instructor of its 5-day course titled LEG523: Law of Data Security and Investigations. Through that course Mr. Wright has taught thousands of students from throughout the world. He advises SANS' Security Awareness Program on its products that cover compliance issues, such as GDPR, privacy and criminal justice. Mr. Wright advises diverse clients, both in the US and outside the US, on privacy, electronic commerce and data security law.

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