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Lawyers struggle to manage data as evidence in trial

New evidence suggests that many legal practitioners are unable to adequately analyse and manage the significant amount of digitally stored data which can be used as evidence in court cases.

Over 5000 lawyers responded to a survey carried out by security firm Symantec and the international contributors seemed to be in consensus with regards to experiencing problems when attempting to manage evidential data.

Fifty-one per cent of respondents over the past quarter said that they encountered difficulties when attempting to convert digital data ready for use in a trial. This is despite the fact that most recognise the importance of so-called digital evidence in court cases and that most experts believe there are already tools in place to ensure that data is handled correctly.

Ninety-eight per cent of those questioned, said that digital evidence turned up via the process of e-discovery, had allowed them to succeed in a case in which they had taken part between 2008 and 2010.

Nearly two thirds of respondents said that they were daunted by the sheer amount of data through which they would have to sift in the search for elusive yet powerful digital evidence. A quarter blamed ageing, inefficient search and data management systems, while almost a third said that e-discovery was too time consuming to be useful on a regular basis.

In order to fix these issues and solve the problems of handling digital evidence, 57 per cent of lawyers said that the technology that enables both data protection and subsequent retrieval needs to be augmented and modernised. A smaller number called for a change to international law that would make it easier to use digital evidence in the courts.

Symantec’s Jaap den Exter van den Brink said that backing up and storing data was now seen to be essential in the legal process. He said that lawyers no longer need to sift through piles of paper, but can access a whole world of data that is stored digitally, as long as the right tools are in place to make it easy to use in a lawful, swift manner.

NHS security compromised by botnet infection

The NHS has been the latest institution to be the target of a security breach after it emerged that Qakbot had been used to infect computer systems within the organisation.

Over 1100 PCs have been infected with the botnet virus, according to security vendor Symantec. It is believed that this particular infection is able to harvest various sensitive pieces of data, including the login details of any users who have access to externally accessible FTP servers and email services based on POP3 or IMAP.

So far Symantec does not believe that any patient or employee data has been taken as a result of the infection.

Symantec’s Patrick Fitzgerald pointed out that the discovery of the infection is the subject of continued investigation and there could potentially be more infected machines and systems to unearth in the coming weeks.

The servers that act as receptacles for the data which the botnet steals are currently undergoing a period of monitoring, and in a single seven day period, some four gigabytes of data was allegedly harvested from various sources. This data included financial information from online banking and credit card transactions, along with social networking logins and browser histories.

Qakbot is ostensibly targeted at infecting home PCs, but its appearance on the systems operated by public organisations is worrying to the security community. The NHS is not the only government-funded body to suffer an infection, as local government officials in Brazil have also detected the infection.

It is difficult to detect the presence of Qakbot because an ordinary user will not be unable to see it in the list of active processes as it hides behind those which are essential to a computer’s continued operation.

Any users who is worried about the vulnerability of their personal data, either via their emails or social networking profiles, is being advised to take this opportunity to change their passwords. At the moment there is still no evidence to suggest that any data has actually been stolen from within the NHS using this botnet, but this could change in the near future.

Google Wave attracts the attention of malware writers

Google’s new online collaborative space, Google Wave, is being used as bait by malware writers to spread Trojans. The exclusivity of the service in its current form as a limited preview renders anything or anyone offering access to it attractive. Since membership is on an invitation-only basis, cyber criminals have used fake tools which supposedly generate invitations to install Trojans on the PCs of unsuspecting users.

The glut of new Trojans riding on the back of the popularity of Google Wave was identified in a recent report released by Symantec. The Trojan is based on the Xrumer spam tool and is spread through social networking sites, forums and of course email. Disguised as a program that will automatically gain the user multiple invites to Google Wave, it plays on individual greed by suggesting that the recipient might sell on the invitations. Once the tool is downloaded and installed, a compromising back door is left behind, leaving the infected PC open to attack and control by a third party. Continue reading

Firewalls failing to protect banks

A leading expert in network security has revealed that banks are wasting millions of pounds on firewalls that do little to improve the security of their networks and by association, customers’ money. Nir Zuk, a renowned digital security innovator and co-creator of stateful firewall technology, laid out his concerns in a recent interview for ZDnet UK

Zuk met with major banks and grilled them as to their firewall usage. Allegedly none of those interviewed was able to sufficiently explain the security benefits offered by their firewall systems. Zuk believes that firewalls have stagnated over the last 7 years as they are required to do little more than manage ports. As such Zuk does not believe that the firewalls used by banks justify the level of expenditure they require each year. Continue reading

Forget data loss – use an online data backup service

It is often observed that many firms take various data loss precaution measures but they usually turn out to be ineffective at the time they are needed. This happens due to poor management of their service. Losing vital data can cause disastrous effects on organisations. Many cases of data loss have been reported recently across the world and in the UK.

Almost 92% of businesses use backup technology to store their data. However, the research reveals that despite taking several precautions, these firms still lose their data. According to the case study of Symantec, many organisations back up their data on the same location as that of the original.

If you are looking for a backup solution, then it is essential to store the data on an alternate device or an offsite location. In the event of system crash or hard drive failure, work can stand still for a long time. It is also observed that clients have to wait longer; meetings also need to be rescheduled. This can cause a huge loss to businesses.

By using online data backup and online data storage services, things can become much simpler and a lot of time can be saved. This data is stored at an offsite location safely and securely. If there is any incident of data loss, businesses can easily restore their complete data in less time using online data storage and online data backup technology.

Back up for better business

With the help of computers, CDs, DVDs, hard disks and other conventional storage devices, people are now able to store huge amounts of data and information. A single DVD can store more data than an entire library can. However with this benefit there is always a risk that if in any case these storage devices malfunction, are damaged or are stolen, all the data can be lost in a matter of seconds.

Research shows that almost half of the UK’s companies have suffered data loss of some form, which has resulted in losses up to millions. A recent data loss prevention survey by Symantec, shows that almost a quarter of businesses do not even have a strategy in case data loss should occur.

With such valuable data at stake, even conventional back up devices do not seem feasible and here is where online data storage and online backup come in handy. Many companies have realised this problem of data storage and have set up ‘online vaults’ on the internet. Now, you can upload all that you need to back up via the internet. As your data is now stored on the internet, it eliminates the risk of physical damage and with your data being uploaded daily, in real time, all you need to do in the event of data loss is simply download your data from the online vault and restore it.

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