The Value of a Software-Based Approach to Digital Forensics

September 13, 2021

More than 90 percent of modern crimes involve tech devices that are useful sources of evidence. Through a process called digital forensics, law enforcement can examine the mountains of data available from phones, computers, cameras, and other devices that were at or near the scene of a crime.

 

However, many law enforcement personnel are not using the latest approaches to actually gather this evidence. Instead, they travel to wherever these devices are located, confiscate them, and then transport them back to a digital forensics lab. Experts then typically use physical tools to dismantle (and later reassemble) the devices, search for the core components that store data, and then extract information relevant to the investigation. This data extraction process is long, manual, and error-prone. At the critical moments when investigators must move quickly to solve and prevent crimes, the process can take weeks and may be destructive to devices without yielding any evidence.

 

Relying on this outdated approach is the equivalent of relying on paper, pen, and a postage stamp when texting is available. It makes no sense — especially as there are new technologies that make digital forensics quicker, easier, and cheaper. Software solutions accelerate the data collection process, reduce the forensic lab backlog, are non-invasive and do not risk damaging the device, and are an efficient use of limited resources.

 

With software-based tools, an investigator with the proper warrants and authorizations can access a hard drive of data — on a range of devices — in proximity to the device and even remotely. This reduces trips to the site and possible difficult interactions with the public. More than that, it means that the shopkeeper, business owner, or whoever owns that device won’t have to lose it to a lab for weeks.

 

Once accessed, the retrieval of data is quicker and easier with the right software tools. For instance, with Toka’s software solution the software tools needed to access this data, while sophisticated, require minimal training and no technical background. Considering how specialized and trained digital forensic examiners are, this both expands the pool of law enforcement agencies who can use this technology and the pool of people in them who can conduct these extractions.

Software-driven digital forensics is the future, and at Toka, we are proud to support law enforcement agencies with these solutions. They are simple to use, scale quickly, and enable smarter, faster, and easier investigations. To learn more, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and reach out to us at info@tokagroup.com.

About Toka

Toka helps trusted government, law enforcement, and security agencies keep citizens safe and defend against terror and crime by developing cutting-edge and lawful intelligence-gathering tools and advising governments on building an integrated cyber defense. Toka’s software platforms are simple to use, scale quickly, and offer complete operational control to enable smarter, faster, and efficient investigations and operations. By empowering agencies with these intelligence capabilities, Toka helps governments maintain a technological edge to enhance their operational effectiveness and save lives. Founded by leaders with unparalleled experience in the strategic, defense, and corporate worlds, Toka is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, and backed by investors such as: Andreessen Horowitz, Eclipse Ventures, Entrée Capital, and Dell Technologies Capital.