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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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I would love to see
By Shadowself on 7/7/2009 2:37:40 PM , Rating: 0
exactly how they do the "chain of evidence" with cloud computing.

I would suspect that any good attorney could convince a jury that once the data gets onto the 'net no one knows how many machines it hops across, how many virtual copies are made, how many access points there are for data transmission, what the BER for all the hops are, etc., etc. Thus a good attorney could convince a jury that no one could rely on any cloud computing forensics is an oxymoron in its purest form.

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.

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