Digital Forensics at the forefront of modern crime-fighting.
In the vast majority of criminal offences, a digital device has been used. This might be a single device or a number of: phones, tablets, laptops etc. It can also include: social media, cloud services, satellite navigation devices, Internet of Things (IoT) and even the Dark-Web. The digital data will contain crucial evidence, that if investigated and analysed correctly, within the digital forensic compliant guidelines, can lead to shorter investigation times and swift prosecution.
Digital evidence may contain overwhelming quantities of data. Throughout an investigation process, integrity and provenance of data must be ensured; as any minor non-conformances can leave it open to challenge or make it inadmissible in court. The police now require a new range of digital forensic methods and toolsets (Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) used by forces to discover the evidence, have no single defined path), in order to follow the digital evidence trail and conform to the stringent requirements of ISO17025.
Although digital devices have gained almost global adoption, they still fall into a relatively narrow band of devices: phones, satnavs, tablets, laptops and desktops. However, as the IoT begins to mature, millions more connected devices may play a part in criminal activities and any subsequent investigations. Appliances like: cars, drones and wearable technology, may contain crucial evidence in the future that will require forensic analysis.
The technology, toolsets and knowledge required to carry out this developing level of investigation and analysis, is growing ever wider and more complex to keep pace with IT advancements. Police forces will need the skill sets and capability to swiftly and accurately investigate, this increasingly diverse range of digital evidence; as well as the many ISO17025 accreditation requirements, either in-house or from a chosen partner.
As the UKs largest digital forensic lab, CCL operates as a transparent extension to the High Tech Crime Units (HTCU) and Major Investigation/Incident teams.