You  are an employee at D&B Investigations, a firm that

 

You  are an employee at D&B Investigations, a firm that contracts with  individuals, companies, and government agencies to conduct computer  forensics investigations. D&B employees are expected to observe the  following tenets, which the company views as the foundation for its  success:

  • Give concerted attention to clients’ needs and concerns.
  • Follow proper procedures and stay informed about legal issues.
  • Maintain the necessary skill set to apply effective investigative techniques using the latest technologies.

Your  manager has just scheduled a meeting with an important prospective  client, and she has asked you to be part of the team that is preparing  for the meeting. The prospective client is Brendan Oliver, a well-known  celebrity. Last night, Mr. Oliver’s public relations team discovered  that someone obtained three photos that were shot on his smartphone, and  tried to sell the photos to the media. Due to the sensitive nature of  the photos, Mr. Oliver and his team have not yet contacted law  enforcement. They would like to know if D&B can provide any guidance  or support related to the investigation—or, at the very least, if  D&B can help them prevent similar incidents from occurring in the  future. At this time, they do not know how the photos were acquired. The  public relations team is wondering if a friend, family member, or  employee could have gained direct access to Mr. Oliver’s phone and  obtained the photos that way, although the phone is usually locked with a  passcode when Mr. Oliver is not using it. In addition, Mr. Oliver  emailed the photos to one other person several months ago. He has not  spoken with that person in the last few weeks, but he does not believe  that person would have shared the photos with anyone else. 

Your  manager plans to use this initial meeting with Mr. Oliver and his  public relations team to establish rapport, learn more about the case,  and demonstrate the firm’s expertise. The company sees this as an  opportunity to build the future business, regardless of whether they are  retained to help with the investigation of this case.

Tasks

To  help the team prepare for the meeting, your manager asks you (and your  colleagues) to consider and record your responses to the following  questions:

  • What is the nature of the alleged crime, and how does the nature of the crime influence a prospective investigation? 
  • Based  on the limited information provided in the scenario, what is the  rationale for launching an investigation that uses computer forensic  activities? Would D&B and/or law enforcement need
  • additional information in order to determine if they should proceed with an investigation? Why or why not?
  • What  would you share with the client about how investigators prepare for and  conduct a computer forensics investigation? Identify three to five key  points that are most relevant to this case.
  • What sources of evidence would investigators likely examine in this case? Provide concrete examples and explain your rationale. 
  • What  should the client, investigators, and others do—or not do—to ensure  that evidence could be used in a court of law? Using layman’s terms  explains laws and legal concepts that should be taken into account  during the collection, analysis, and presentation of evidence.
  • What questions and concerns do you think the client will have?
  • What questions should the team ask the client to learn more about the case and determine the next steps?

Required Resources

  • Course textbook
  • Internet access

Submission Requirements

  • Format: Microsoft Word (or compatible) 
  • Font: Arial, 12-point, double-space 
  • Citation Style: Follow your school’s preferred style guide
  • Length: 5–7 pages

Self-Assessment Checklist 

  • I effectively documented the causes for investigation.
  • I effectively documented key points related to the collection, analysis, and presentation of computer forensic evidence.
  • I successfully identified potential sources of evidence.
  • I summarized laws and legal concepts that apply to this case.
  • I created a professional, well-developed report with proper documentation, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
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