Digital Forensics and Research Misconduct

With an incredible host of information existing in digital form in this day-and-age, the threat of research misconduct and misuse only continues to grow. Research misconduct offenses can include fabricating data and recording it as true, adjusting or omitting research results as a means to support a specific desired result or using another individual’s ideas,…

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Are Ransomware Attacks Increasing?

Ransomware, a form of malware that allows a malicious entity to hold personal or corporate data “hostage” in exchange for a ransom, can pose a serious threat to individuals and businesses alike. While some sources claim that ransomware attacks have become the greatest threat to online security, others provide a more nuanced perspective on this…

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Understanding the Discovery Process in Litigation

The discovery stage of a lawsuit can be defined as the initial proceeding of litigation, where two opposing parties have the opportunity to formally exchange information. The discovery stage can uncover physical, verbal and digital evidence. Electronic discovery, or e-discovery, is the process of collecting, analyzing and producing electronic information that could be used in…

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What to Know About Digital HIPAA Compliance

As society quickly adapts to an online environment, so too does the storage of private information and health documentation. While the digital storage of patient health information increases the efficiency of documenting, receiving or retrieving medical records, it also increases its vulnerability. Here, the digital forensics experts at Atlantic Data Forensics provide an overview of…

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What to Know About Collecting Consumer Data

Consumer data, which includes myriad data points on consumers and their habits, is being harnessed more and more frequently to help businesses drive sales and marketing initiatives. Here, the digital forensics and safe data destruction experts at Atlantic Data Forensics provide insight into consumer data collection. Collecting and Analyzing Consumer Data Can Have Positive Outcomes…

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An Overview of Rule 26(f) Conferences

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended in 2006 to include requirements regarding electronically stored information. Most importantly, these rules were amended to require participants in legal proceedings to engage in a Rule 26(f) conference, where parties could discuss relevant electronic data and the best ways to access it, among other issues. Here, the…

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Best Practices for Companies to Prevent Data Breaches

2018 is not yet halfway over, but already more than 10 major data breaches have occurred, affecting companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Panera Bread, FedEx, CarePlus and more. Data breaches are a serious concern in the modern era and have become more prevalent in recent years; in 2017 there were more than 1,000 data…

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Social Media and Termination: Best Practices

It is now common practice for employers to include social media policies within their employee handbooks, and it is an important part of creating clear expectations for employees. However, employers must also consider the implications of these policies beyond the handbook and determine how they wish to handle violations of these policies in a way…

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