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Hands-on Incident Response and Digital Forensics by Mike Sheward

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16 THE HUMAN ELEMENTS OF AN INVESTIGATION

Throughout this book we’ve looked at deeply technical subject matter, but we’ve never lost sight of the fact that information security is undoubtedly a people business. People are, of course, the real victims in the event of a cybercrime. When we’re dealing with data, in many cases each row of a database represents a human being and something about their life. When a security incident occurs, resulting in damage or disruption to that person’s life, this becomes very apparent. Unfortunately, not everyone can appreciate this beforehand, which can also be a contributing factor to an incident. If you process sensitive information about a person, and you’re not protecting data like someone’s well-being depends ...

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