Guidance Software, Inc. has rolled out an updated version of its portable forensic triage solution for use in digital investigations.
According to Robert Bond, marketing manager at Guidance Software, EnCase Portable Version 4 is particularly significant to channel partners specializing in compliance, as well as key verticals such as legal and law enforcement.
"The USB-based self-collection device that enables you to look inside the computer and generate reports on Internet history, JPEGs that were accessed or downloaded, users who logged in, and data that was removed or destroyed," he said. "There's a strong need for these devices to be used by field investigators, as opposed to IT personnel. So we've dramatically enhanced ease of use while at the same time delivering the functionality at favorable price points."
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Running on a 5-GB USB drive, EnCase Portable supports pre-configured data search and collection. The company's EnCase Forensic product can then be used for additional data processing and SQL-based analysis. "The key for channel partners is that this opens the door to very strong vertical markets among police investigators and law offices, but it opens other doors as well," Bond added. "There are other applications where this product would be a good fit, especially in the areas of standards compliance, as well as human resources. Both of these are areas that require highly reliable technology and speed, as well as the ease of use necessary to support investigators who might not be completely IT savvy, but need to collect information without altering or damaging the evidence."
The product can support analysis from within a set of interlinking data browsers and also support the search of metadata.
The product is available immediately with price points of $299 for a single unit and $249 for multiple units. Based in Pasadena, Calif., Guidance Software claims more than 40,000 licenses worldwide, with a special emphasis on government, corporate and law enforcement organizations that need to conduct network-enabled and court-validated computer investigations, respond to e-discovery requests, conduct internal investigations, or meet regulatory obligations.
PUBLISHED DEC. 11, 2012