With growing complexities in digital forensics an efficient investigation can become quite a limited assignment.
Law enforcement and border protection often needs to deal with digital evidence hidden in hard drives, smartphones or small flash devices. Extracting the data is only one step inside the long journey to proving guilt or getting ahead criminals before they can complete their crimes.
This is where ACATO is working on providing the 360 degree command system that will empower investigators and forensic laboratories to not only get more out of their existing toolsets but also create an opportunity to go beyond standard procedures.
Making the world a safer place is the mission of ACATO. In order to improve the status quo the development of the „forensic command suite“ is more than just some connectivity tool.
It consists of specialized modules that can deal with different aspects of crime. It helps to identify best approach for chipoffs. Analyzing of large quantities of manipulated videos using special features is done before then going in deep with 3rd party tools so that one can see if the sampling has delivered some red herrings.
The tool can automatically find files hidden in many locations of a drive based on the settings of the researcher. Furthermore this does not stop at locating hidden data inside other files. A separate module focuses on identifying types of digital attacks.
In some cases, financial crimes can be done using obfuscated identities. A special feature can analyze data in relation to a variety of codes that can show hidden identities. The accompanying databases assist the system in dealing with workflows that are needed to respond to particular criminal strategies.
Since money laundry is also a side crime accompanying the main crime this requires to blow away the fog that has been deliberately placed in financial transactions to fool researchers. In field of investment related fraud and misrepresentation, the FIA module helps to deal with joint venture fraud and mutual fund investments that can also be in a form of direct investment in a venture.
The Financial Investment Audit Inspection tool can work with a large amount of investment transactions to identify false profitability claims and tax evasion. Nevertheless, these tools still require well trained officers to make the game changer in their area of operation.
This forensic command suite is not a tool designed to spy on the public. It is supposed to help investigators protect the society against criminal activities. Nevertheless, this tool is only exclusively available to authorities and large enterprises that have a specialized team of forensics experts.
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