Friday, November 30, 2012

Interview with Eddie Sheehy, CEO, Nuix

Eddie, can you tell us something about your background and your current role as CEO of Nuix?

I joined Nuix as CEO in 2006 after working for quite a few high-growth finance and technology businesses. What I loved about Nuix was the precise detail the software could expose about the information it indexed. Having that degree of detail at scale could make a huge difference to the way an investigation played out.

After about a year with Nuix, it became clear to me we couldn’t take on Access Data and Guidance directly –they owned the forensic investigation market. So we expanded into eDiscovery, and later information governance, as a way of growing the business. In 2011, having reached a more tenable scale, we decided to go back into investigations. That has been one of the most satisfying aspects of my time at Nuix.

What products and solutions does Nuix offer?

Nuix offers products and solutions for forensic investigation, eDiscovery and information governance. There’s a fair amount of overlap between those categories, for instance our Enterprise Collection Center technology for gathering evidence in the field is used by investigators and for eDiscovery and our processing engine underpins all three verticals.

Indeed, at the heart of these products is our patent pending unstructured data indexing engine. The Nuix engine has unique load balancing, fault tolerance and intelligent processing technologies that enable it to process huge volumes of unstructured data at high speed and with forensic certainty...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Interview with Jonathan Krause, Managing Director, First Response

Jonathan, we last interviewed you back in 2008, what have you been doing since then?

In early 2008 I started Forensic Control after four years as a computer forensic employee. It began as a vehicle for my contract work but soon developed into a business in its own right, becoming relatively well known – albeit within the fairly small world of computer forensics! I moved further and further away from my roots in public sector work, and found myself really enjoying the faster pace and challenges in the corporate world; there was no going back for me. During this time I was fortunate enough to work on some very interesting cases including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the estate of Elvis Presley.

You recently became the Managing Director of First Response. Tell us more about the company and your involvement.

First Response was set up in January 2012, and at present is being run alongside Forensic Control. There are three joint owners of the company; myself, John Douglas and Bill Lindley. John (the Operations Director), Bill (the Chairman) and I bring together over 30 years’ experience of working in the industry. We decided to bring the forensic operations of our separate companies under one roof which was a natural progression for each of our companies. We think we complement each other very well! There’s some more background on First Response in the recent Forensic Focus news item.

I’ve known Bill and John professionally and socially for years; as well as offering what we believe is a first-class service, we enjoy our work and enjoy working with each other – for me, this is of fundamental importance.

In terms of my involvement, I’m a typical managing director/CEO though with a very much hands-on role. You’re as likely to find me imaging an unusual server configuration, analysing the content and reporting back to the client as much as dealing with the behind scenes management.

Can you give us some recent examples of cases First Response has worked on?

Sure. I think First Response’s main strength is in having both a great technical depth and an ability to communicate complex matters in a way that an average lawyer or director can easily understand and then act on. This helps our clients tremendously as it did in the two examples of cases I'll outline...

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Webinar (online now): Pitfalls of Interpreting Forensic Artifacts in the Windows Registry

The webinar "Pitfalls of Interpreting Forensic Artifacts in the Windows Registry" is now online here.

If you encounter any difficulties viewing the above page, the webinar is also available on YouTube here.

In this webinar, Jacky Fox, student at UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics, presents the results of her dissertation on Windows Registry reporting. Jacky will be available in this forum thread for about an hour to answer any questions.