With every innovation, there are new opportunities to capture evidence, but also new challenges to be overcome to maximise the usefulness of this intelligence.
These challenges can be technical but might also require a deep understanding of how new technology fits within the larger evidential landscape. Research and Development at CCL Group is all about overcoming these challenges and furthering the understanding of digital evidence to help enrich your investigations.
Research and innovation is woven into the fabric of everything we do at CCL Group. The fast-paced nature of change in the digital landscape means that an over-reliance on off-the-shelf tools and techniques can put you behind the curve. Our analysts are constantly looking to further our understanding of emerging technology, and for these specific challenges, we have a dedicated Research and Development team.
Our Research and Development team is made up of highly experienced practitioners who are skilled in undertaking work that is out of the ordinary and outside of the scope of industry standard digital forensic tools. This work includes: extracting and making sense of data from new, unusual or otherwise unsupported devices such as in-vehicle systems, IoT devices; providing expert reports and advice on complex technical issues and finding new ways of presenting large volumes and variety of digital evidence.
The Research and Development department at CCL Group have been responsible for developing many forensic software tools. Our library of over 1300 “scripts” bolsters our capabilities beyond those provided by off-the-shelf tools by adding support for new apps, data sources and file types that could otherwise go un-investigated. We have also developed a number of unique software products for use in digital investigations such as Epilog and Ribbon which are available for purchase globally.
CCL Group’s R&D department are also happy to discuss undertaking bespoke research projects into any area of the digital forensics landscape; whether that’s deep dives into the specifics of a particular smartphone app, a technical market review of an interesting class of devices or anything in between.
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