AccessData Group, a leader in digital investigations, cyber security and e-discovery solutions, today announced the opening of a new office headed by Paul Wright, who has been appointed Manager of Professional Services and Investigation Team, Middle East, India and Africa. Paul has extensive experience in the investigation of cybercrime and IT security. In the new role he will be engaged in incident response and forensic investigation services that will support customers who have been the subject of a security breach as well as those who want to protect themselves from breaches and other cybercrime.
“After careful evaluation of the security landscape in the Middle East, we realized that there was a big opportunity for developing a professional services offering in the region. AccessData’s Professional Services is unique and differs from other service providers, because the company also develops proprietary and industry-leading computer forensics, network forensics, e-discovery, legal review and information assurance solutions,” says Kevin Golas, Vice President, Professional Services at AccessData. “I am confident that Paul with his extensive cybercrime background, technical expertise, business acumen and leadership skills, will drive our regional growth and expansion.”
Paul has been mandated with developing AccessData’s end-to-end investigative services and solutions offering which will include security consulting services, cybercrime ‘gap and impact’ audits, managing complex projects like establishment of ‘Computer Emergency Response Teams’ and in-house forensic capabilities for organizations and providing support and value-add to other services and products provided by AccessData.
“The latest incidents in the region and globally prove without a doubt that the Middle East is now part of global cybercrime, which means this is, and will continue to be a massive challenge for the private and public sectors. We intend to partner with and educate regional enterprises to help them improve their security capabilities and better tackle cybercrime,” says Paul Wright.
Before joining AccessData, Paul worked for Verizon as a forensic and investigation consultant, and prior to that he was with UK law enforcement for 26 years at the local, national and international level and spent the last 10 years of his detective career specializing in Internet, network and computer investigations. During this time, Paul was appointed as an operational team leader in the National Hi-Tech Crime Team Unit and head of the Hi-Tech Crime Team for the City of London Police. In the later role he was the driving force behind the unit’s outreach programme targeted at the business sector, acting as the main liaison to the business community.
He has published a number of practitioner papers and articles on the topic of e-crime and holds a Master of Science (MSc) in professional computing and is a regular lecturer and keynote speaker on the topics of computer forensics and cybercrime.
AccessData Group (accessdata.com) has pioneered computer forensics and litigation support for more than 25 years. Over that time, the company has grown to provide a broad spectrum of stand-alone and enterprise-class solutions that enable digital investigations of any kind, including computer forensics, incident response, eDiscovery, legal review, IP theft, compliance auditing and information assurance. Its AD eDiscovery product, which is built on the industry-leading Forensic Toolkit® (FTK®) technology, is an automated, in-house solution that addresses the left half of the EDRM model. It enables litigation hold, identification, collection and preservation, processing and de-duplication, ECA and first-pass review, and then generates a load file for common third-party review tools. AccessData's award-winning AD Summation legal review technology addresses the right half of the EDRM model and is the gold standard throughout the legal community, having received more than 45 legal industry technology and “Reader’s Choice” awards since 1997. More than 100,000 users rely on AccessData. From desktop and server applications, to hosted solutions, AccessData combines its innovative technology with market-leading expertise to provide the decisive advantage for Governments, Militaries, Businesses and Law Firms and Legal Departments, large or small.