If you haven’t yet met Phillip Moore and you’re in the digital forensics or incident response fields, you’re likely to at least know him from one of his top forensic blogs:
Following the recent ICAC Task Force Commanders Meeting, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program announced the date and location of the 2019 National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation.
In the early 18th century, triage was used to refer to the action of sorting items according to quality and was taken from the French word trier which means to sort, separate out or cull.
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Sensitive Site Exploitation refers to techniques used by military and intelligence officers to collect and exploit captured equipment, media and documents in theaters of operation around the world. The process of exploiting sensitive or tactical sites to gather intelligence from targets for counter terrorism, force protection, or other national security needs is performed by forward operators using exploitation kits that can:
In 2009, the number of backlogged digital evidence requests in publicly funded forensic crime labs was 1,600. By the end of 2014, that number had risen to 7,800. While that's tiny in comparison to the total number of backlogged evidence requests (over 570,000 in 2014!), every one of those requests is associated with a case that affects real people. This is why we love forensic triage, and why you should too.
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office (AGO) has announced the dates for the 2019 National Cyber Crime Conference (MASS.gov). This year's conference will be held April 29 - May 1, 2019 in Norwood, Massachusetts thanks to Attorney General Maura Healey, the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), SEARCH, and the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute
First 100 registrants get a discount:
Join ADF Solutions for a webinar hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), a nonprofit, membership-affiliated organization comprised of state, local, federal and tribal law enforcement and prosecutorial and regulatory agencies.
NW3C provided a nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies involved in prevention, investigation and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime. Support is delivered via training in computer forensics, cyber and financial crime investigations and intelligence analysis as well as original research on and analytical technical support for investigating and prosecuting white collar and related crimes.
The Benefits of Triage: How to Quick Start Your Digital Investigation
With the ever increasing demand for law enforcement to learn how to treat digital evidence and the growing demand for qualified digital forensic analysts, forensic examiners, and corporate investigators, it's important to find the best digital forensic training.
In addition to Digital First Responder® training for ADF Solutions customers, there are plenty of options from individual digital forensic vendors and solutions providers. One of the best sources for Digital Forensic Training is often at digital forensic conferences.
January 2019 is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Human trafficking has been a federal crime in the United States since The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 was passed into law as a federal statute. Each year since 2010 has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month with January 11th each year being observed as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Military and intelligence officers process an ever-increasing amount of data from which they need to gather actionable intelligence. This data comes from a variety of devices seized in combat operations or during an investigation.
Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX) is the "collection and exploitation of captured equipment, documents, and media to generate actionable intelligence." DOMEX analysis helps officers, special forces, and field operatives on the front lines complete a holistic picture of the intelligence available to them at the time.
During a criminal investigation, prioritizing the evidence is paramount to your success as an investigator. Filtering what is critical to the case and what isn't is the difference between success and failure of an investigation.
Forensic triage - sometimes referred to as "digital forensic triage" - is the process by which you collect, assemble, analyze, and prioritize digital evidence from a crime or investigation.
It's difficult to do this in a timely manner when you don't have the proper tools. Depending on the type of investigation, it's a process that can involve sorting through mountains of digital data.
One of the reasons that investigators choose ADF software as their primary triage tool is because it can be used standalone or in conjunction with traditional forensic software. Triage is ideal for front-line investigators because it's fast, easy-to-use, and can net results in situations where time matters. Deployed in a forensic lab, triage software can reduce forensic backlogs and allow forensic examiners to prioritize deep dive forensic investigations.
The term triage naturally brings to mind a medical emergency where you need to get in quickly, assess the damage and deal with the most serious problems first. Digital forensic triage has the same application but it's applied to a crime scene or investigation which involves computers or other digital media. Standard forensic methods normally take place in a forensic lab where a trained forensic examiner would perform a complete examination. Digital triage is a front line step in saving time and reaching satisfactory results faster.
ADF triage performance is fast -- built to be under two minutes for certain scans. Digital forensic triage speed and performance can vary based on a number of factors including the triage software you are using, the search criteria you choose, the suspect hardware configuration, and how much you know about what you are looking to understand in your investigation.
The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC Program) in 1998 as part of a national strategy to combat and prevent child exploitation. ICAC Task Force training is often held annually within regions across the United States. While 2019 dates have not yet been published, here's a list of 2018 ICAC conferences:
The Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Child Abduction Response Team (CART) and Offender Registration and Enforcement once again hosted the Florida ICAC Training Symposium.
23 Industry Events: Network, Learn, Grow
The knowledge and training you can gain at digital forensic conferences around the world can make the difference in crime solving. In addition to networking, annual conferences are one of the best ways to learn from peers, stay on top of the latest strategies and tactics, get an advance look at industry trends, and they can be a great place to talk face-to-face with digital forensic vendors. In addition to keynotes and lectures, many annual conferences also offer hands-on lab sessions or pre-conference training classes. Below is a list of some of our favorite annual conferences.
ADF Solutions Newest Software Release Makes It Easier to Fight Against Child Exploitation
As the leading provider of automated forensic software for investigators and lab examiners, we are delighted to announce the ability for on-scene and lab investigators to rapidly collect media files using Digital Evidence InvestigatorⓇ, Triage-InvestigatorⓇ, and Triage-G2Ⓡ software and export media files to the Griffeye Analyze platform.
Annual conferences are great events for networking with thought leaders and your peers. In addition, conferences can provide you with the opportunity to get timely, objective, relevant education from a variety of subject matter experts. You can benefit from training, knowledge sharing, and from the camaraderie and time spent with professionals like you that have dedicated their careers to protect and serve.
Project VIC is a nonprofit organization founded by former U.S. law enforcement officials who saw the need to normalize data between digital forensic tools, software vendors, and service providers in order to focus the community on building enhanced workflows to more rapidly identify victims of child exploitation and human trafficking.
ADF's New Forensic Software Empowers Investigators and Prosecutors
ADF Solutions, the leading provider of automated forensic software for investigators and lab examiners, announced today the release of new software versions 1.4 for Digital Evidence InvestigatorⓇ, and versions 4.4 for Triage-InvestigatorⓇ, and Triage-G2Ⓡ software.
"We are very excited to be the first digital forensic software to parse macOS Mojave log files natively under Windows strengthening our macOS support", stated Raphael Bousquet, CTO, and co-founder of ADF Solutions. "In our world of fast and efficient forensic analysis, we strive to reduce data noise for the investigator. The addition of picture and video classification is a great step in the right direction!"
A precise timeline view links user activities with pictures, videos, and files of interest so investigators can quickly build a digital forensic report to share with prosecutors or other investigators. The new version leverages enhanced automation and enables investigators to run in-depth digital forensics scans quickly. The highlights of this new release for the investigative and forensic community include:
October 26, 2018 is the inaugural National Financial Crime Fighter Day created by Banker's Toolbox as a way to honor and celebrate the critically important work done by financial crime fighters and professionals who work every day to protect our financial system.
A simple 2-step process lets non-technical investigators and examiners quickly perform a RAM capture when running a live scan on the computer from a collection key:
- Click "Create RAM Dump" from the main menu
- The RAM Dump will be saved to the collection key as a .bin file and then zipped
This October kicks off with the fourth annual Northwest Regional ICAC Conference, a multi-state, multi-disciplinary event designed to provide lecture and lab training to prosecutors, digital forensic examiners, and law enforcement investigators focused on the investigation and prosecution of technology facilitated crimes against children.
A criminal forensic lab located in one of the largest U.S. Federal agencies was working on an extensive child exploitation case and had seized 37 total hard drives that contained over 38 terabytes of data. The case was high profile and the forensic team had a short window of time to examine the contents of the confiscated drives. Technical resources were limited and imaging drives and conducting traditional forensic examinations would be very time consuming. With the amount of data that needed to be searched, the investigators realized that it could potentially be weeks before the examinations were complete and the case could move forward. In addition the case would require significant disk storage space to hold all of the images.
During the week of September 16 - 22, 2018, we invite you to join us in recognizing the critical role that forensic science plays in criminal investigations and we give thanks for the dedication of the thousands of forensic professionals who serve our communities nationwide.
ADF Authorized Partner, CBIT Digital Forensics Services, based in Australia will be hosting J.J. Wallia, C.E.O and co-founder of ADF Solutions, for a presentation on the latest version of Digital Evidence Investigator® – plus a free half-day training session with Certified ADF Instructor Zoran Iliev using ADF Solutions to accelerate Digital Forensic investigations.
Join ADF Digital Forensic Specialist, Rich Frawley as he presents "On-Scene Digital Investigation Best Practices: From Search Warrant to Court Ready Paperwork" at the Techno Security & Digital Forensics conference in San Antonio, Texas. The Techno event is a follow up to the top rated Techno Security & Digital Forensics Myrtle Beach event earlier this year where ADF was a Gold Sponsor.
Rich Frawley, ADF Digital Forensic Specialist will be presenting "On-Scene Digital Investigation Best Practices: From Search Warrant to Court Ready Paperwork" at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia this week.
With eleven (11) out-of-the-box Search Profiles inside Digital Evidence Investigator® (DEI), the ADF Digital Forensic team has created software that enables investigators and forensic examiners to obtain the digital evidence needed in a wide variety of evidence collection situations.
This week, hundreds of leading law enforcement officials from the US, Canada and Europe descended on the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC to participate in the High Technology Crime Investigation Association's annual conference. The event featured 72 speakers over the three days of sessions and training and was kicked off with an opening keynote from Chief Superintendent Jeff Adam, C/Supt. DG Technical Investigation Services for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The investigation began after images consistent with child pornography were uploaded to a social media platform. A search warrant was executed at the residence and an on-scene forensic exam of all electronic media was completed by members of the State Police Computer Crime Unit. Using ADF Digital Evidence Investigator®, investigators discovered images and videos of sexual abuse of an under age child and were able to identify a resident of the household as the suspect. Specifically, investigators located thumbcache images that resulted in identifying a female child that was being sexually abused and identified the suspect.
ADF is helping stop crimes against children by providing law enforcement with the right tools and training to combat internet crimes against children. As part of our mission to help fight child exploitation, ADF is a returning sponsor of the Crimes Against Children Conference. If you are attending, join ADF Digital Forensic Specialists (Rich Frawley), as he leads a lecture and lab training for participating law enforcement officers:
- On-Scene Digital Investigation Best Practices: From CyberTip to Court Ready Paperwork (Lecture)
- Solving Crimes Against Children with ADF Digital Evidence Investigator® (Hands-on Labs)
Each participant will learn digital forensic best practices for child exploitation cases and receive an extended trial of our DEI software.
Attend HTCIA Pre-conference Training in Washington, DC on August 19th where we will be hosting two hands-on lab sessions for digital investigators. Conference attendees arriving early can register to attend one of two sessions:
- Directly Scanning a Suspect's Computer or Devices
- Child Exploitation Investigations Done in Record Time
The High Technology Crime Investigation Association's International Conference (HTCIA) & Training Expo is one of the oldest and most respected technology investigation conferences in the world. This year, the event will be held in Washington, DC at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel and will feature an opening keynote from Chief Superintendent Jeff Adam, C/Supt. DG Technical Investigation Services for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP).
Conference sessions include a variety of topics including:
Earlier this year, ADF partnered with Flags of Valor, a company dedicated to serving U.S. military and law enforcement with high quality, handmade wooden wall art. Flags of Valor was founded to provide job opportunities to combat veterans and today the majority of Flags of Valor craftsmen are service-disabled with combat related injuries.
ADF Solutions, provided hands-on lab training for digital forensic investigators and examiners from throughout the United States at the National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation (NLETC) Conference held in in Atlanta, Georgia this week. The conference seeks to grow and expand the education of law enforcement officers, police investigators and prosecutors in an effort to promote best practices for investigating Internet Crimes Against Children.
This week, hundreds of cyber security and digital forensic experts gathered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to participate in the Techno Security and Digital Forensics Conference. The event hosted at the Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes offered attendees the ability to receive Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE) depending on their organization.
Last week, leaders from the military, special operations and industry gathered together in Tampa, Florida for the 2018 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) and Exhibition. The event, sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) emphasized the USSOCOM Commander's vision to "Win - Transform - People" and was joined by international military members from US partner nations.
ADF was delighted to sponsor certified forensic examiner training focused on Basic Computer Forensic Examiner (BCFE) training held by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) in Orlando, Florida. The event attracted hundreds of corporate security, university and law enforcement officers from around the United States, as well as various officials from the Department of Defense and federal agencies.
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far far away
(2006 to be exact and the galaxy was Maryland USA)
It was a period of innovation.
Computers, USBs, all kinds of devices ...
Some people were committing digital crimes
from their seemingly hidden bases in the digital world.
Digital forensic experts understand the importance of remembering to perform a RAM Capture on-scene so as to not leave valuable evidence behind. Capturing volatile data in a computer's memory dump enables investigators and examiners to do a full memory analysis and access data including:
There are many cases where time is critical in a police investigation. This is increasingly true in a world where digital evidence can be an essential element in capturing a suspect or solving a crime. Digital data can implicate or clear suspects and utilizing digital evidence to your investigative advantage can allow you to act quickly while on-scene.
Starting digital investigations while at the scene has become increasingly important in fluid crime situations such as terrorism threats, active shooter situations, gang activity or sex trafficking. Field digital forensic investigations (a.k.a. field triage) can also be useful in CyberTip investigations or any crime where a digital device may have photos, video, audio, or other data that could be useful in identifying suspects, victims or protecting evidence.
Today, ADF is announcing the release of new digital forensic software versions for our products:
- Digital Evidence InvestigatorⓇ (DEI) version 1.3.0
- Triage-InvestigatorⓇ version 4.3.0
- Triage-G2Ⓡ version 4.3.0
This April, ADF will sponsor The National Cyber Crime Conference in Massachusetts, hosted by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. The conference brings together police, prosecutors and forensic examiners from all 50 states, Washington DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, for three days of training designed to help attendees face the challenges posed by digital evidence and technology in criminal investigations. International law enforcement attendees have come from Canada, Ireland, England as well as Trinidad and Tobago.
"In summary, I would say DEI is one of the more intuitive tools I've used, because it guides you through your investigation step by step and could easily be used without much training" ...Read the full 2018 Forensic Focus Review of ADF's Digital Evidence Investigator tool.
ADF sponsored the 2017 Florida ICAC Training Symposium which was sponsored by the FL ICAC Task Force, along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Child Abduction Response Team (CART) and Offender Registration and Enforcement.
The three day event, held in Tampa, Florida is an annual event designed to expand the efforts and knowledge base of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors by providing highly specialized training focused on investigating and prosecuting technology-facilitated crimes against children.
Join ADF for the First Forensic Forum (F3) Annual Training Workshop being held in the United Kingdom. F3 provides an open forum for any organizations focused on digital forensics.
The emphasis of F3 training days and seminars is focused on the technical aspects of digital forensics. Computer technology in all its forms is a fast-moving area, and in order to function effectively, forensic computing analysts are constantly faced with the necessity of updating and expanding their knowledge. The First Forensic Forum aims to provide them with the opportunity to do so by drawing upon the expertise of member organisations. The majority of F3 members are involved in the analysis of computer-based evidence of various types, and some are also authors and manufacturers of forensic computing tools and solutions.
Join ADF at the High Technology Crime Investigation Association Conference for Forensic Investigators and Law Enforcement. The HTCIA event will be held in California and features 84 labs and 90 lectures for Investigators, Law Enforcement and Legal professionals.
Investigators, Police and Legal professionals who stop by the ADF booth will receive a FREE evaluation kit of ADF Digital Evidence Investigator® forensic software. Our latest release of Digital Evidence Investigator software will also be featured in the Vendor Showcase.
ADF will sponsor the Northwest Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Conference. Microsoft has partnered with ICAC to host the event which is designed to expand the efforts and knowledge base of law enforcement investigators, digital forensic examiners, and prosecutors. The event will provide highly specialized lab and lecture based training focused on investigating and prosecuting technology-facilitated crimes against children. Anticipated curriculum will include both child sexual exploitation as well as human trafficking topics and will consist of lectures, case studies, computer labs and exhibitor workshops.
ADF will exhibit at the Military Police & Law Enforcement Expo to showcase Digital Evidence Investigator to Military Police Soldiers from regiments stationed in Missouri (Military Police, Chemical, and Engineer), Emergency Services, and Force Protection as well as personnel from the Capability Development and Integration Directorate (CDID).
ADF will sponsor the Crimes Against Children Conference which provides practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal. Attendees include government and nonprofit agencies in law enforcement, child protective services, and victims of crime.
ADF has just released a new software update for our entire product line of digital forensic software (Digital Evidence Investigator 1.2, Triage-Investigator 4.2 and Triage-G2 4.2). This latest update includes many product enhancements and features including:
ADF Solutions, a leading provider of digital forensic and media exploitation software, has released Triage-G2, the latest evolution of ADF's award-winning media exploitation tool. Triage-G2 is deployed by special forces, military and intelligence agencies worldwide and has a proven track record of supporting site exploitation missions, including Tactical Media Exploitation, DOMEX, MEDEX, and biometric identity operations.
Designed for nontechnical operators, Triage-G2 employs a simple two-step process to rapidly scan, extract, and analyze critical intelligence from computers and digital devices. The tool can be deployed on existing computing devices and on a small portable USB key that does not require dedicated computer hardware. The collected data can then be easily distributed via portable reports or ingested into data repositories, which include Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination Systems (PED).
ADF Solutions, a leading provider of digital forensic and media exploitation tools, has released Triage-Investigator, the latest evolution of ADF's award-winning digital forensic triage tool designed for field deployment. Triage-Investigator has a proven track record of providing investigators with easy, quick access to court-defendable evidence to process criminal cases.
ADF Solutions, a leading provider of digital forensic and media exploitation tools, has released Digital Evidence Investigator (DEI), an end-to-end solution designed to streamline digital investigations. DEI has been built from the ground up and leverages ADF's proven track record of reducing forensic backlogs.
Richard Drinkwater will present “Analyzing the Apple System Log Database for logon and logoff events” at the upcoming 2016 TechnoSecurity Conference. ADF will also demonstrate the latest version of our digital investigative tool, Digital Evidence Investigator® (DEI) and our award winning forensic triage tool, Triage-Investigator. See details of the conference here.
ADF will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2016 SOFIC Conference, demonstrating its newest version of our Media Exploitation tool. We will also be participating in an Exploitation Pavilion, partnering with other Sensitive Site Exploitation Tools. See more information about the conference here.
In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to use the newest ADF forensic tools. These tools extend the initial examination process from triage to automated forensic exams by including a wider array of critical artifacts, while maintaining automation, enhancing ease of use, and increasing performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of an examination, scanning a suspect computer, and reviewing and reporting on collected evidence. All attendees will receive a FREE Evaluation Software Kit. Register today!
The May 2014 issue of SC Magazine includes the most recent product reviews of Digital Forensic tools and ADF’s Triage- G2, Triage-Examiner and Triage-Responder scores 5 out of 5 stars.
New South Wales Police are training front line officers in the use of specialized digital forensic tools including ADF Triage-Examiner. “The NSW Police Force is on a mission to boost the digital capability of the state’s law enforcement, enlisting the support of 50 frontline officers specially trained in identifying and preserving electronic evidence.”
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