Our understanding of ‘security’ has changed immeasurably since the dawn of the internet and the development of digital technology. Today’s criminals are more complex and savvy than ever before, with every new development in software, hardware and technology systems representing an opportunity for them to exploit your organisation. We are here to help you prepare, investigate and respond a cyber breach regardless of the market in which you operate.

Law Enforcement

The internet has affected everyone in the UK and has changed society. It has also affected crime.
Traditional crime types, such as burglary and car crime, are on a downward trend whilst online crime has grown dramatically. The Office for National Statistics has highlighted that online fraud is now the common crime type. Phishing, trolling, ransomware and malware, online scams, revenge pornography and the proliferation of child abuse imagery have gone largely unrecorded, unanalysed and, as a result, have not been fully understood. Criminals have been able to exploit technology, and the tools to preserve anonymity online, more quickly than law enforcement has been able to bring new techniques to bear.

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Law Enforcement Case Study:

  • Cell Site Drugs Operation

    Client Name:

    Law Enforcement Agency

    The Challenge:

    Law enforcement investigators discovered 165kg of heroin, with an estimated street value of £19million hidden inside metal lathes at an industrial estate in the Midlands region of the UK; the drugs arrived in a container aboard a ship from Pakistan. The importation had been controlled by people remote from the scene, using unregistered pay as you go mobile phones and replacing them on a regular basis.

    Overcoming the Challenge:

    The cell-site analysis was complex and detailed, taking place over a two-year period with many challenging deadlines; generating over 1,000 pages of written evidence, and bundles of over 100 exhibits. The collaborative approach with the CCL cell-site team working onsite with the Law Enforcement Agency was extremely effective, and thus the level of quality and efficiency achieved was higher than a more traditional remote response. More analysis and exhibits were generated during the trial, as CCL Group dealt with last-minute evidence and alibis.

    Quality support was available throughout, with pre-submission advice, ongoing identification of new forensic opportunities, through to production of court bundles under challenging circumstances prior to a thorough and extended witness box exercise taking place over the following days and weeks. In addition to the courtroom evidence, which gained a commendation from the judge, CCL Group provided “Live” cell-site analysis, trying to track down missing suspects, with CCL Group staff dovetailing with the law enforcement investigating team, supporting them during long and odd hours of work.

    The Result:

    Eight members of the drugs gang were jailed for a total of more than 130 years for conspiring to smuggle heroin, and Seven were found guilty of conspiracy to import a class A drug in the 11-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court (one pleaded guilty before the trial).

    The prosecution case demonstrated how the operation involved the use of bogus companies, false documents, unregistered mobile phones and trips to Pakistan. By careful presentation of the evidence in court, the prosecution demonstrated the individual roles played by each of the defendants, resulting in the guilty verdicts returned by the jury.

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Legal

Just as the digital revolution has transformed law enforcement investigations, so it has changed the context for the legal profession. Just as investigators are faced with an ever-growing volume and variety of sources of information, so understanding the value of digital forensics has become increasingly critical.

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Legal Case Study:

  • Off-Shore e-Disclosure Exercise

    Client Name:

    Off-Shore law firm

    The Challenge:

    CCL Group was instructed by one of the largest offshore law firms in the world, to assist with the collection and review of documents. The client was one of the largest banks in the world, defending a claim in respect of a breach of fiduciary duty with a quantum of £110m.

    Overcoming the Challenge:

    As this was an offshore case, CCL Group had to deploy a number of analysts to the client’s premises. Working with the client’s IT team, CCL Group extracted 260GB of data from the exchange server and various file shares.

    By utilising CCL Group’s Nuix pre-processing engine, the initial data set was culled significantly by removing duplicates and applying time/date and file format parameters, as well as applying a set of keywords supplied by the law firm. This culled the data to 11GB, which equated to 28,397 documents. CCL Group then uploaded these documents for review by the law firm.

    The review phase lasted for four months, during which time certain files were either redacted or removed in their entirety. CCL Group’s ability to deploy portable instances of Nuix and Clearwell locally, and to collect data and conduct the keyword searches on-site, meant CCL Group were able to avoid any local data protection issues as the data did not leave the client’s offices.

    The Result:

    CCL Group produced the disclosable documents to be provided to the other side. After both sides inspected each other’s documents, negotiations were entered into and the case was settled.

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Corporate

The growth of the digital economy has thrown up key business challenges as well as opportunities. As more business is conducted digitally, and the volume of data grows, and this can open up organisations to risks. The nature of these risks is diversifying in the face of a range of advanced persistent and adaptive threats that have seen incidences of cybercrime become daily news. Organisations have often struggled to know where to start, with many having buried their heads in the sand or seen this as an exclusively technical problem to be fixed by the IT department. Increasingly, as organisations understand the central importance of data in driving their business, so effectively managing that data and its security has become business critical.

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Corporate Case Study:

  • Volac

    Client Name:

    Volac – Food and Beverage

    The Challenge:

    CCL Group was engaged by Volac to develop an IT strategy that would standardise processes and IT systems across the business and its multiple sites. Following Volac’s success and growth, their existing systems were ‘creaking at the seams’, and the processes and systems inherited through acquisition were various and disjointed across the business.

    Overcoming the Challenge:

    CCL Group recommended an integrated ERP system and guided Volac through a programme of business process change, aiming to result in better performance monitoring and site performance, significant reduction in administrative effort and costs, and standardised processes across the entire business.

    CCL Group assisted Volac by implementing, IT Transformation – ensuring IT supported the business strategy, found the right ERP solution – requirements definition, process transformation, vendor selection and contractual negotiation, and project managed with assurance – reducing the risk of implementation.

    The Result:

    Effective, long-term IT strategy fully aligned with business priorities
    Improved business processes based on industry best practice

    Fully integrated ERP system bringing together all areas of the business. Comprehensive supplier specification and selection process ensured identification of the right IT system for Volac’s business requirements

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