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Dell takes digital forensics mobile

Dell launched another installment of its digital forensics bundle so law enforcement can collect data faster from crime scenes.

Dell on Thursday launched another installment of its digital forensics bundle so law enforcement can collect data faster from crime scenes.

The company took its digital forensic bundle---Spektor Forensic Intelligence software from Evidence Talks and rugged hardware---and extended it to mobile devices. The goal: Examine data at a crime scene and collect data on the fly from various storage devices.

Crime scenes are increasingly becoming an IT problem since evidence can reside on PCs, laptops, mobile phones, USB sticks, GPS devices and other memory devices. Dell's goal is to allow for on-site investigation of digital evidence and analyze data with one technology bundle.

Suresh Sundarababu, a global solution manager at Dell, said police often have to take every device away from a crime scene to go through everything. "Every crime has a mobile element because there's a phone there," said Sundarababu. "A third of law enforcement's time is focused on IT issues and not working crimes."

The ROI for law enforcement firms revolves around conducting multiple investigations at once and conducting data triage to be more productive.

The process goes like this:

  1. Triage: Data is collected with the Spektor triage software. Analysts can gather data from suspect devices.
  2. Ingest: That evidence is absorbed into a central evidence repository instead of a workstation. Multiple devices can be ingested.
  3. Store: Data is stored and connected with central servers.
  4. Analyze: Multiple analyst sessions can be run.
  5. Present: Evidence can be presented to multiple teams.
  6. Archive and search: The evidence can be called up as needed.