Preserve and collect social media data
As fast as people can post to social media, they can also erase.
Social media investigations are an increasingly popular tool used in civil and criminal cases, lawsuits and government examinations. But social media data can be exceptionally challenging to preserve and collect, which is why you need trained professionals and specialized tools to pull data in a legal, ethical and defensible manner.
How Wipfli can help
Wipfli’s fraud and forensics team can support your case by preserving unique metadata and digital fingerprints of everything collected, including logs of how data was obtained.
Wipfli can help with searches of posts, status updates, public, group, and direct messaging, photos and videos, location tags, and other posted content within the:
- Surface web: Also known as the visible web and indexed web, it is the area of the internet — such as Instagram or LinkedIn — that most users are familiar with. It is available to the general public and searchable.
- Deep web: These are the areas of the internet that are not readily searchable or indexed, such as government databases or chat platforms. Most require authentication to access.
- Dark web: Also known as the darknet or hidden web, these areas are best known for illicit activity with a focus is on anonymity. Sites are only accessible with specialized tools and direct knowledge of existing sites.
With deep experience in open-source intelligence (OSINT), incident response and digital forensic investigations, Wipfli’s seasoned professionals work with your organization’s staff to identify the data that you need to collect.
Featured Thought Leader
John Walther, EnCE, GCFE, GCFA, GSEC, OFE, CISSP, MCFE-AXIOM
John's diverse background in digital forensics, network security, compliance, and information technology allows him to provide a wide variety of client services including digital forensics, incident response, malware analysis, vulnerability assessments, network security assessments, penetration testing, social engineering, and a variety of audit-based services (NIST, COBIT, SOC 1, SOC 2, etc.).
Matthew D. Storlie, CFE, CIDA
With nearly 30 years of experience in business and accounting, fraud examinations, data analysis, internal audit, and IT systems, Matt Storlie assists clients with forensic services, internal investigations, computer forensics, e-discovery and litigation readiness, and fraud risk assessments. As one of the firm’s subject matter experts on data analytics, he utilizes his deep experience with IT systems, internal controls, and data analytics to develop proactive, risk-based anti-fraud models and programs, and is a certified data analyst of IDEA® software.
Marc W. Courey, CPA/CFF, JD, LLM, CFE, CICA, CCEP, CIA
Marc has more than 25 years of diverse experience in forensic accounting, law practice, information technology systems, and corporate management. He has conducted financial forensic investigations and fraud risk assessments, and specializes in digital forensics, e-discovery, and litigation readiness preparedness.