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Forensics

Use Ciphertex Lightning Discovery and achieve the locating and processing of critical investigation information many times faster, while maintaining the chain of custody and data integrity.

Emerging from the forensics and law enforcement industry, Ciphertex understands the value of harvested data. Our data storage and security products (including portable NAS servers that offer military-grade data protection) are conceived, designed, and built in full compliance with all standards applicable to the handling of digital evidence, ensuring admissibility in a court of law.

FAST PROCESSING 10GBE NAS WITH ISCSI

Using the Ciphertex SecureNAS® unique capability of simultaneously supporting up to 4 imagers, quickly search, tag, and review large amounts of data to identify information that is critical to your investigation, thereby saving you time and money with fast, reliable, secure data storage.

SECURE (ENCRYPTED) DATA ACQUISITION

Ensure proper evidence collection and maintain the chain of custody. Our robust data encryption engine fuels high-speed processing for faster, secure acquisition.

SECURE NETWORKING & INVESTIGATION

Connect directly to the network for high-speed searches or for a collaborative workflow to maximize business efficiency.

RUGGED, PORTABLE NAS SERVERS

The Ciphertex high-capacity SecureNAS® is ideal for collecting and transporting digital evidence from any field environment to the forensics lab.

CIPHERTEX DATA SECURITY FORENSIC INVESTIGATION WORKFLOW

Encompassing ransomware, email fraud, and data breaches, cybercrime has become one of the leading threats to businesses, including police and law enforcement agencies. Police departments in large cities, including Dallas, TX, in 2016; Atlanta, GA, in 2018; and Baltimore, MD, that same year, experienced cyberattacks that compromised data security and disabled vital applications and systems. These attacks can jeopardize the safety of officers, investigators, and their families.

Data security is critical for law enforcement agencies and forensics because a cybercriminal can tamper with data containing evidence, create spoof email accounts, and lock out departmental systems with ransomware. Malware can be introduced via email or downloads, and be contained on USB drives and other devices. Securing digital forensics storage is, therefore, essential for every agency, from local police departments to the FBI.

Data Protection in Law Enforcement/Forensics

Data security is critical to the operation of a law enforcement agency or forensics department. For example, data encryption for forensics must protect case files while investigations are underway. This is important not only for the appropriate parties to access files, but also for protecting data that resides on a disk in case of loss. By encrypting sensitive information, these data can remain inaccessible to unauthorized individuals who don’t have the proper credentials. Features such as multi-factor authentication further strengthen forensic data security.

In addition to protecting sensitive information during investigations, strong data security helps protect your own assets. Our security solutions can help track activity and monitor for intrusions or anomalies that could threaten sensitive data. They can help determine if an intrusion is ongoing or identify possible malware programs on your servers. Benefits include the ability to isolate/remove affected files or accounts, secure data transport, secure data backup and recovery, and complete law enforcement/forensics data breach protection.

CIPHERTEX DATA SECURITY FORENSIC INVESTIGATION WORKFLOW

THE GROWTH IN FORENSICS

The forensics industry has dramatically expanded over the past few years. As we enter a new digital age of computing, everything from our phones to our cars will be smart and interconnected, leaving a visible trail everywhere we go, on everything we touch, and with everything we do.

Digital forensics investigations will be performed in order to ascertain exactly what the suspect was doing online, where the person’s mobile devices were located, what he or she was doing on them, and where the suspect’s vehicle had been. Digital fraud, computer terrorism, and technological espionage are just some of the many facets of cybercrime.

This massive increase in digital evidence data and new applications of digital forensics has created, and inevitably will continue to create, more challenges and opportunities. The Ciphertex suite of advanced and innovative solutions can securely and cost-effectively help overcome many of these challenges during investigations.

CIPHERTEX DATA SECURITY FORENSIC INVESTIGATION WORKFLOW
CX-40KxD Portable Server
CX-40KxD Portable Server

WHAT IS E-DISCOVERY?

With the rapid rate of change in technology and the seemingly endless growth in data consumption, it is expected that the volume of stored data will continue to grow exponentially into the future. The immense proliferation of electronically stored information (ESI) has changed the discovery and use of evidence in modern litigation. Electronic discovery, or e-discovery, is the discovery of electronic content dealing with the exchange of ESI in civil litigation or government investigations. This typically requires identifying data spread across laptops, email servers, file servers, and other sources.

Forensics Data Security Solutions

Simultaneous High-Speed Data Imaging

Process up to 4 imagers with ZERO performance degradation

One goal achieved in the development of the Ciphertex CX-Linux operating system was to take full advantage of state-of-the-art components, including enterprise-level processors, memory, controllers, and interfaces that enable the Ciphertex SecureNAS® to connect up to four forensic imagers. The optimization of the CX-Linux OS created significant performance headroom to simultaneously acquire forensic data from all four imagers with zero performance degradation. The CX-Linux OS is also able to easily handle heterogeneous configurations, allowing multiple input sources to each have different file systems, maximizing NAS security across numerous devices on your encrypted network.

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Forensics Data Security Solutions
Quick Link Drawing
Quick Link Drawing

Ciphertex SecureNAS® Quick-Link

Connect up to 10 devices

Easily connect your SecureNAS® to any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer via a fast USB-3 connection with the Ciphertex proprietary, secure USB Quick-Link cable. With the add-on of the USB-3 daughter boards, you can add up to eight additional USB-encrypted connections without the need for network peripherals and risky passwords. This high-performance security solution has a chip inside that allows it to act as a network connection without having to connect directly to the network itself. The USB Quick-Link cable provides a fast and secure direct connection allowing up to 10 users to simultaneously share secure information on our NAS portable data servers.

The Ciphertex USB Quick-Link® is a perfect, secure, and compact system for special law enforcement/forensics operations in the field that won’t require additional hardware or an IT specialist to administer. Whether you’re in the field, an airplane, a hotel or a surgical center, our USB Quick-Link® allows up to 10 computers to plug-in, access, and share the data at the same time with the ease of a simple USB cable plug-in.

For further security and ease of use, the Ciphertex-Protect® Encryption Key will eliminate the need for someone to remember long decryption passwords or risk losing those written passwords. Simply connect the Ciphertex-Protect® Encryption Key.

ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF THE CHAIN OF CUSTODY

A critical part of any computer forensic investigation is ensuring proper evidence collection along with maintenance of the chain of custody of the collected evidence. A chain of custody is the process of validating how any kind of evidence has been gathered, tracked, and protected on its way to a court of law. Chain of custody is crucial for producing evidence admissible in court. Only a state-of-the-art forensics cybersecurity solution can ensure the admissibility of information contained on your servers and drives.

CHAIN OF CUSTODY IS THE DOCUMENTATION THAT IDENTIFIES ALL CHANGES IN THE CONTROL, HANDLING, POSSESSION, OWNERSHIP, OR CUSTODY OF A PIECE OF EVIDENCE

  • WHO handled the evidence?
  • WHAT procedures were performed on the evidence?
  • WHEN was the evidence collected/transferred to another party?
  • WHERE was the evidence collected and stored?
  • HOW was the evidence collected and stored?
  • WHY was the evidence collected?

BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ENCRYPTED STORAGE SOLUTION

Our extensive background and expertise in digital forensics have helped Ciphertex create a line of data storage devices that adhere to standards of evidence and legally admissible proof in criminal proceedings. Our award-winning network security products deliver advanced solutions for handling images and data acquired during the investigation phase while maintaining the chain of custody.

EASILY MOVE DATA

The portable design of Ciphertex SecureNAS®, encryption software, and other data security products makes it simple and safe to transport digital evidence on-site and off-site. Your team can quickly collect and store forensic data on the go while preserving the integrity of evidence.

FAST, SEAMLESS INTEGRATION

With a wide variety of easy-to-use features, Ciphertex RAID and NAS systems allow data to be collected, searched, tagged, and reviewed quickly and accurately with every person involved in the e-discovery process. Team members can confidently and seamlessly utilize the Ciphertex data storage and security encryption solutions to perform assigned tasks and proceed with investigations rapidly to ensure their effectiveness.

RELIABLE DATA PROTECTION FOR FORENSICS TEAM

While AES-256-bit encryption prevents confidential data theft, employing RAID technology on our NAS, DAS and rackmount servers provides redundancy, optimizes performance, and delivers additional protection. Our equipment also withstands extreme conditions such as depressurization and violent motion and vibration. Thunderbolt™ technology allows fast, yet secure data transport with improved speeds across multiple devices over a single cable.

SECURE DATA BACKUP AND RESTORE

Our network security solutions and equipment are designed to secure data during the entire lifecycle. As a leading portable data security company, we know how crucial it is to have a disaster recovery solution. Our NAS servers offer a single-button backup option via USB-C, so forensics and law enforcement data can be retrieved quickly in a disaster recovery situation.

REDUCE OPERATING EXPENSES AND IMPROVE EFFICIENCY

Enjoy measurable cost and time savings with regards to human resources, processing time, and data storage reduction. Over a short period of time, an organization can realize an ROI of up to 286%. Our clients have recuperated the initial investment in Ciphertex systems in as little as 30 days.

CONTACT CIPHERTEX DATA SECURITY

Ciphertex offers the most advanced data security solutions for forensics and law enforcement applications. Our portable NAS servers and RAID systems, rackmount servers, and accessories as well as the CX-Linux customizable operating system software are designed to secure data while improving accessibility. Ongoing support is available, from selecting the best system for your business (our staff and online RAID calculator can help determine your needs) to on-site hardware support. To learn more about Ciphertex products and services, call us directly at 818-773-8989 today!

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