Achieving Digital Forensic Readiness

Achieving Digital Forensic Readiness

How do you as an organisation deal with cyber threats? Digital Forensic Readiness allows you to be properly prepared to handle upcoming digital incidents – and avoid damage and unnecessary costs.

Martin Dougall

Partner in Charge, Forensic

KPMG Australia

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Why should you aim for Digital Forensic Readiness?

You can probably still recall the last digital incident that hit your organisation, such as ransomware encrypting your important documents, internal fraud in your finance department or a hacker detected by your security monitoring solution.

Digital incidents are a fact of life for many companies. One hundred percent security is never feasible, and aiming for it is not sensible from a business perspective. Instead, you deal with digital threats as with many other risks to your business – as they occur. Of course, prevention is crucial, as is being able to deal with incidents once they do occur. That ability is what we call Digital Forensic Readiness.

Prepare – Partner – Evolve

Digital Forensic Readiness allows you to regain control, and limit the damage and costs from a digital incident. In our view, building a forensic-ready organisation requires attention to three main aspects:

  1. Preparing – Being prepared requires that you create and maintain the conditions that enable you to respond timely and effectively to any digital incident.
  2. Partnering – There are many good reasons to forge relations with and external specialists and stakeholders when it comes to dealing with digital incidents; and it should be before a crisis.
  3. Evolving – Periodical rehearsing, evaluating and updating your response plan are essential.


KPMG is a market leader in cyber security and forensic investigations. Find out more in our factsheet.


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