Managing Director of Digital Investigations
In response to increasing demand for digital forensics – particularly in our internal-fraud, data-leakage, and litigation-support work – the firm has created a new position of Director of Digital Investigations (“DDI”). This is a hybrid role designed for a well-rounded, technically savvy investigator with experience in both traditional investigations and digital forensics who take the lead role in building out the firm’s digital investigations practice.
The DDI will build and manage the firm’s relationships with external digital-forensics resources around the world, and oversee digital forensics work. The applicant need not possess the deep background to independently conduct the most technically challenging aspects of digital forensics, but should have the experience and technical mindset to closely manage such investigation, including hands-on execution of key tasks such as processing and analyzing digital evidence.
At the same time, the DDI will have the general investigative and business experience to understand how digital forensics fits into a larger investigation. This will include creatively managing digital forensics work to maximize its value to a larger investigation, and ensuring that in-house case teams understand the range of options available.
A key part of the DDI’s role is also to support business-development efforts by preparing proposals, meeting with clients, and raising the firm’s overall level of understanding of the role of technology in investigations.
- Expanding and quarterbacking the firm’s forensics team – evaluate and maintain relationships with external technical specialists, and closely manage the work of these providers.
- Independently manage and executive digital investigations.
- Ensure that case teams are using available technology, particularly digital forensics, to maximum effectiveness.
- Develop proposals and budgets for digital-forensics work.
- Be able to clearly explain the specifics of technical work to non-specialists, including both clients and colleagues.
- Develop in-house digital-forensics capabilities, as well as understanding other opportunities for employ technology in investigations.
EXPERIENCE and QUALIFICATIONS:
- Seven to fifteen years’ experience in digital and traditional investigations, including significant hands-on experience in both digital forensics and analysis of public records and human intelligence.
- Substantial experience with digital-forensics tools, including at a minimum EnCase/FTK and several other tools; and familiarity with the landscape of available tools for the acquisition, processing, and review of digital evidence.
- Analytical and creative approach to investigations.
- Additional technical skills – such as quantitative analysis, statistics, and programming skills –
- Effective and articulate communicator who is able to explain complex concepts in layman’s terms without losing critical information.
- Familiarity with e-discovery and cyber security.
- A broad understanding of the principals of IT security, penetration testing, and incident-response. Specific experience in these areas will be viewed positively but is not mandatory.