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Dell's goal is to help convict criminals by providing access to digital evidence

The world of computer forensics is growing rapidly as police and governments realize that the wealth of digital information on a suspected criminal's computer can be hard to retrieve. To help legal agencies convict criminals, Dell has announced a new product offering in digital forensics for police.

Dell, the world's second largest computer maker, announced today that the new forensics service has a goal of helping police convict criminals in the face of growing digital evidence. The new digital forensics package will help police reduce the backlog of cases that can be as long as two years behind.

The offering will also allow multiple analysts to work on the evidence and preserve a trial of evidence handling for auditing purposes. To offer the package, Dell partnered with Intel, EMC Corp, Oracle Corp, Symantec Corp, and forensic data specialist AccessData.

The hardware and software forensics package gives the law enforcement agency the convenience of cloud computing and speeds access to evidence in the face of legal constraints such as time limits on how long terrorism suspects can be held.

Dell's head of European public-sector business Josh Claman said, "[The new forensics offering] embodies everything we wanted to achieve when we decided to restructure the way Public Sector customers' needs are addressed."

Dell cites research firm IDC claiming that the digital forensics market would be worth $630 million this year, up from $252 million in 2004 and the international market for the service is worth $1.8 billion by 2011. Dell plans to present the new service to the British Association of Police Officers today.

Source: Dell

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Put it to good use
By SublimeSimplicity on 7/7/2009 2:13:38 PM , Rating: 6
Maybe Dell can use it to figure out how Acer stole all their market share.

RE: Put it to good use
By captainBOB on 7/7/2009 2:34:56 PM , Rating: 2


RE: Put it to good use
By nvalhalla on 7/7/2009 2:44:47 PM , Rating: 1
Man I'd rate that up if it weren't a 6. Why isn't there a 7?

RE: Put it to good use
By Sazar on 7/7/2009 3:17:08 PM , Rating: 2
Elementary my dear Watson.


RE: Put it to good use
By dice1111 on 7/7/2009 3:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
HA!!!! That could not have been any better! Wow.

RE: Put it to good use
By tential on 7/7/2009 8:08:53 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Put it to good use
By xsilver on 7/7/2009 11:10:03 PM , Rating: 2
All 3 CSI teams are on the case - so far they only have:
1 severed hand
1 naked woman
1 set of tyre tracks (which somehow they figured belonged to a RED truck.)
1 set of obvious motives which obviously arent the correct ones.

Conclusion: Its always the guy/girl that looks innocent that did it.

Cloud hosted evidence processing?
By shazbotron on 7/7/2009 2:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
I am a little unclear on who is going to handle the cloud aspect of this system? Is it going to be one of Dell's server farms, or a DoJ computing center?

I'm not entirely comfortable with forensic processing being handled on the system of a company whose idea of innovation is to get proprietary internals for its systems to force customers to upgrade through them.

By GaryJohnson on 7/7/2009 3:25:48 PM , Rating: 2
This is just the idea for the market they want to target, they'll figure out the product later.

I would love to see
By Shadowself on 7/7/09, Rating: 0
RE: I would love to see
By SublimeSimplicity on 7/7/2009 2:48:33 PM , Rating: 2
But if those cloud computers contain a Metallica song, that same attorney can convince a jury that the owners of those servers should be locked away forever.

RE: I would love to see
By smackababy on 7/7/2009 3:24:06 PM , Rating: 2
If the data was just stored into the database and disallows for anonymous edits, I am sure a clear chain of custody could be shown. I hardly think that will be grounds for aquittal. Reliance on technology is something most jury memebers have probably already come to terms with whether they know it or not.

By Floorbit on 7/7/2009 6:13:17 PM , Rating: 1
Just be sure to have photos of your families beach party on your laptop. Then have a name,like Jones when you cross the border to return into your country. This way,your return,like this article is gauranteed. Then dont forget about the MP3s in your IPOD.
You would have for example,high interest in a foriegn travel,and no interest downtown. With your Dell.

tired of...
By Souka on 7/7/09, Rating: -1
RE: tired of...
By CSMR on 7/7/2009 2:52:40 PM , Rating: 2
Governments (at least the USA, UK, I don't know about others) have generally found time limits to be particularly constraining for terrorists. Of course there may be other groups who are also dangerous to let out without having fully analyzed the information... I don't think adding them to the pot would make Americans sleep easier.

RE: tired of...
By Indianapolis on 7/7/2009 10:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
You're right...terrorism is so passé.

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