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AccessData opens new forensics division

Investigative services team to be headed by former cyber law enforcement veteran

Wright: The latest incidents in the region prove the Middle East is now part of global cybercrime.
Wright: The latest incidents in the region prove the Middle East is now part of global cybercrime.

Cyber security specialist AccessData Group today announced the opening of a new office headed by Paul Wright, who has been appointed manager of the company's Professional Services and Investigation Team, Middle East, India and Africa.

Wright, said to have "extensive experience in the investigation of cybercrime and IT security", will be engaged in incident response and forensic investigation services intended to support customers who have been the subject of a security breach as well as those who want to protect against such breaches.

"After careful evaluation of the security landscape in the Middle East, we realised that there was a big opportunity for developing a professional services offering in the region," said Kevin Golas, vice president, Professional Services at AccessData.

"AccessData's Professional Services [division]... 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. I am confident that Paul with his extensive cybercrime background, technical expertise, business acumen and leadership skills, will drive our regional growth and expansion."

Wright has been tasked 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 organisations; 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," said Wright.

"We intend to partner with and educate regional enterprises to help them improve their security capabilities and better tackle cybercrime."

Before joining AccessData, Wright 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 specialising in Internet, network and computer investigations.

During this time, Wright 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.