Robert Richard heads FRA’s digital forensics and research and development divisions; and is extensively involved in direct client project initiatives.
Robert is experienced in leading large-scale, multi-jurisdictional eDiscovery and forensic technology solutions projects in both the US and Europe.
Robert has over 18 years’ experience in designing and implementing data hosting and management systems. He is often called upon to rebuild clients’ data environments in a legally defensible manner: replicating clients’ original systems, while ensuring proper forensic Chain of Custody of case data. Robert’s compliance and security auditing experience includes SOX 404 and ISO27001:2013 certification preparation and managing the recovery of data for litigation support in related proceedings.
Robert has most recently led projects including: a forensic investigation to determine the provenance of a section of rewritten code in a process automation system and whether it implicated a suspected employee and ruled out other possible employees; a forensic investigation to determine if a manufacturing process automation system had been maliciously tampered with to cause harm to other employees; and the design of a data mapping system to coordinate the nuanced data acquisition and processing efforts on a large, multi-jurisdictional investigation FRA is involved in.
Robert has specific technical expertise in the area of data migration and data mining and is familiar with a number of database systems, forensic collection and data extraction technologies, messaging/email systems, and backup and recovery solutions.
Robert attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and graduated from the New England Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Information Systems Technology and has a working knowledge of French.
Robert joined FRA in 2006 and is based in FRA’s Providence office.