you suspect that any of your locks or other security
hardware have been physically tampered with or that
attempts at entry (whether successful or not) have taken
place, please contact the CORE Group right away
so that we may instruct you on how to preserve the scene,
keep a proper chain of custody on any evidence, and
submit it to us for analysis and documentation if that
is your desired course of action.
illicit intrusions into someone's private property are destructive
in nature. Windows smashed... locks cut... cabinets forced
open... etc. The response to such an occurrence is often defined
properly within an organization's policies and documented
operating practices. Police are contacted, evidence is collected,
and the process of examining and potentially restoring data
very reason that covert intrusions are often a greater
cause for concern is that such distinct evidence of a break-in
is often unavailable. Surreptitious attacks -- such as lockpicking,
safe cracking, and electronic bypassing -- often leave little
in the way of evidence. Companies may not be able to react
properly to a penetration of their facility if the attackers'
skill level is significant.
the most profound concern surrounding non-destructive entry
is the implications that it can have for matters of insurance
claims. Sometimes, in the absence of clear and obvious destruction
(like a door kicked in or a safe drilled open) insurance companies
will not pay claims, asserting instead that companies were
responsible for the break-in due to "poor key control"
or "rogue employees" left unchecked.
even the most careful attempt at lockpicking will leave evidence
within the lock itself. This evidence, if properly preserved
and accurately collected and documented, can be invaluable
during court proceedings should litigation become necessary.