FORENSICON NEWS BULLETIN
Greetings!
Tomorrow, I will be presenting "How to Catch a Terrorist", my first hand account of using our firm's forensic investigative tools to assist law enforcement with bringing the Boston Marathon Bombing suspects to justice.
 
This presentation is being made to the Cigar Society of Chicago gathering tomorrow at Iwan Ries.  
I would encourage any of you who are able to make it to register promptly, since space is limited.  Our firm's online identity investigation practice has enabled us to accelerate the effort to quickly identify correlations between disparate data.  This helped us to quickly locate clues that we forwarded to law enforcement.  The day after one clue was sent, the FBI announced a breakthrough.  
 
Please come and join me tomorrow if you are able to attend.
 
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 
5:30 PM Cocktails
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Presentation
The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 2nd Floor
19 South Wabash
Chicago, IL 60604

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The second quarter has been busy, as we have been assisting businesses and organizations who have been under attack in the digital world. In the past, an angry letter showing up in the mail was all a company had to worry about. Now your company's mailbox is the Internet and the angry letter is a single hacker or disgruntled employee that is posting negative or malicious things online, ruining your company's name. This can cause a business to lose customers, professional connections, and even employees. This type of attack has the potential to be devastating if a company is not closely monitoring their online presence. Forensicon staff successfully investigated cyber attacks on two different businesses where we were able to identify the people/parties responsible, giving our clients the leverage they needed for legal action.  
 
Another role Forensicon has been busy maintaining is that of neutral party computer forensic expert. With the ever-changing and growing role computers play in discovery, litigated parties need a company that can produce items ordered by the court, FBI, or governing body on a neutral basis. Forensicon maintains chain of custody records and produces requested items while maintaining a neutral party stance all while adhering to the rules of discovery. With our experience and credentials in expert witness testimony, Forensicon can successfully communicate our findings to all parties and
the court.
 
If you know a business or entity struggling with online identity theft, battling a competitor over proprietary or copyrighted information posted online, or investigating a recently departed employee, please feel free to contact me 888-427-5667 x121. The greatest honor anyone can give us is when they refer us to a colleague or call us for a follow-on engagement. I thank you for your past and
future consideration.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Lee Neubecker

President

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There are Solutions...How Forensicon Can Help
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Computer Forensics Consulting & eDiscovery Consultants
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