I hope everyone is staying healthy and reasonably sane during these unprecedented times. Although reasonable minds can differ on what policy actions governments should take, hopefully we can all be civil and respectful to each other.
Personally, I am trying to do connect virtually with those with whom I haven’t kept in as close contact as I should have. Video calls, particularly one-on-one or in small groups, are a great way to maintain personal connections. A silver lining of the pandemic is that many are leveraging technology to become closer to each other.
Fortunately, technology has helped with my work as well. ELIJAH is able to perform almost all digital forensic collection functions remotely, and then perform analysis back in our labs, or remotely from home via secure connections. eDiscovery work is designed to be performed remotely, and our cybersecurity and IT support work is almost entirely remote as well. Another silver lining is that our clients are realizing that we can support their needs remotely even in locations where we have no physical offices. Of course, many companies and their employees are not nearly as lucky, and I hope that everyone safely can reopen and get back to work soon!
ELIJAH has remained open for business during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, providing essential services to our clients while complying with local legal requirements and best practices for public health. We appreciate your patience with necessary adjustments to service offerings that often had been provided on an in-person basis.
The coronavirus pandemic has made clear the need for service providers in the digital forensics, eDiscovery, cybersecurity, and information technology spaces to be able to offer efficient solutions to serve their clients. ELIJAH has been offering remote services since long before COVID-19 disrupted international affairs. For digital forensics, we have perfected a defensible approach to remote collections that requires no technical knowledge on the part of our clients or data custodians, with ELIJAH performing all substantive work as if we were in the same room. Our eDiscovery hosting solution is entirely cloud based. Our cybersecurity team can perform vulnerability assessments and penetration testing of networks and web applications from the comfort of their offices. Finally, for IT support we have an online platform that allows us to remotely manage client devices and share screens to provide local support.
Even when not facing a pandemic, ELIJAH’s remote services often are the right choice for clients. For the same reason that people text/call/email more often than they meet with others in person, remote services can reduce the time and expenses associated with travel. Additionally, although ELIJAH maintains strategically placed offices, recent events have made clear that expertise is far more important than physical presence in a digital age. ELIJAH is well positioned to meet clients’ digital forensic, eDiscovery, cybersecurity, and information technology needs, whether they are down the street or across the planet. For additional information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be on the lookout within the next few weeks for an announcement from Elijah relating to our upcoming 15th anniversary. It will be a great way for our clients to celebrate with us!
After a 25 year break, I am back to occasionally judging policy debate tournaments on the weekend. It’s fascinating to see the ways that the activity has evolved, and ways it has stayed the same. I never thought I would get back into the activity, but fortuitously my eldest son Elijah decided (on his own) to join the activity. There aren’t many better ways to train young minds how to think critically and strategically, and although all speech and debate activities are great, I am particularly partial to policy debate. The number of policy debaters who go on to be highly successful in their chosen fields – and they aren’t all attorneys – is amazing. I’m happy to have this new shared interest with my son, and to be able to give a little back to the activity that gave so much to me.
Bermuda-based law firm Appleby on October 21, 2017, disclosed that it in 2016 it had been the victim of a data security incident last year which involved some of its data having been compromised. Within the last several days, in what has become known as the Paradise Papers data breach (not to be confused with the similarly tropical Panama Papers incident involving a different firm), presumably highly sensitive and confidential client information has been leaked to the press and subsequently been made available for public consumption. Without addressing the substance of any particular disclosures, the fact that this breach took place and the evolving fall-out is yet another reminder that law firms need to make reasonable investments in data security in order to meet their duties to protect client confidences. Elijah Data Security LLC helps law firms and SMBs to identify efficient solutions to reduce the risk of such damaging incidents, including performing information security risk assessments, penetration testing, and cybersecurity consulting.
Welcome to my website, andyreisman.com – I’m glad you found my first blog post! I’ll be posting occasional musings, deep thoughts, and industry observations. Anyone interested in learning more about the computer forensic services that my company Elijah provides should check out www.elijaht.com. For cybersecurity information regarding vunerability assessments, penetration testing, and information security consulting, please check out the Elijah Data Security page at www.elijahds.com. Thanks!