Company Profile: AccessData

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Company Profile: AccessData Simon Whitburn, senior vice president and general manager at AccessData.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 6, 2013

How did the company start and what is its history to date?

AccessData was founded in 1987 by Eric Thompson to solve a new business problem at that time. Novel’s office suite WordPerfect had just introduced password protection and with it came users who routinely forgot their password. AccessData’s first product, WP Pass, was a rudimentary decryption application that could crack file passwords that had been forgotten. Since that time AccessData has grown their proprietary ability to look at the 1’s and 0’s of digital data, in all forms (static, dynamic and network) to solve a variety of business problems. In late 2005, Tim Leehealey, AccessData’s CEO and Brian Karney, AccessData’s COO and president invested in AccessData and have built the company into a world leader in digital forensics, with incident response, analytics, forensic and e-discovery products and services.

In 2007 AccessData acquired SilentRunner, a network threat and visualisation technology originally developed for the US government by Ratheon. That technology has been expanded and integrated to all of the company’s cyber security portfolio offerings.

In 2008 the company secured the services and technology behind Mobile Forensics Inc, a small but aggressive startup focusing on mobile forensics including all forms of smart phones and devices. The product known as Mobile Phone Examiner PlusTM (MPE+TM) is quickly becoming the mobile forensic solution of choice for global public and private organisations. The organisation acquired Summation from Wolter’s Kluwer in 2010 and have revitalised that product into a premier litigation support and legal review platform.

It is also part of the company’s premier in-house e-discovery solution.

What do AccessData do?

Our solutions address all manner of digital investigations; we serve a variety of markets with a variety of digital investigations needs. Law enforcement and government agencies rely on our Forensic Toolkit (FTK) computer forensics product, as well as our decryption technology to perform criminal and internal investigations.

Law firms and corporations rely on our market-leading AD eDiscovery solution to search for, collect, process, cull and analyse electronic evidence for the purposes of litigation.

In addition, our Summation line of legal review and case management products, including hosted and legal service outsourcing is a top choice among law firms and corporations alike. The Summation product line has a proven track record in handling cases consisting of millions of documents, including the antitrust action against Microsoft, the nationwide breast implant litigation, and many high-profile employment, antitrust and toxic tort actions.

Finally, government agencies and corporations rely on AccessData’s computer forensics, network forensics and cyber security technologies to perform incident response and data breach analysis and response. Our FTK, eDiscovery and SilentRunner technologies have become the solutions of choice among many Department of Defence and civilian defence agencies.

These agencies use these products for the purposes of homeland security, internal investigations, regulatory compliance and field investigations overseas.

What is your presence in the Middle East region?

Our office is based in Dubai, we have presence in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and others

What are your regional company goals?

Our regional goals include the continued growth of the business, as we have been doing since we started in the United Arab Emirates three years ago.

We are looking to expand our customer base and grow the team within specific regional hot spots. We will see the significant development of our strategic alliances in 2014.

Regional successes

AccessData has implemented enterprise wide forensics and incident response solutions within various sectors in the region.

We have integrated our host, network and mobile forensics technologies with existing security investments including most Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) technologies.

Customers include:

• Three major banks in Ghana, Abu Dhabi and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
• One major regional Middle Eastern Oil & Gas company
• One large  regional Middle Eastern government institution.

Some of our most high profile projects have involved our GCC Professional Services team. At a moments notice we have deployed teams of highly skilled investigators into a location to ‘contain and remediate’ incidents.

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