Convert X-Ways TSV data into TLN data for IEF Timeline

Jad Saliba, Founder & CTO of Magnet Forensics, writes:

We’re pleased to announce a new free tool and a guest blog post from James Morris of the Queensland Police Service in Australia.

James came to me with a request to help him get some data out of X-Ways and into IEF Timeline for the purpose of visualizing the data. Being able to view a set of events or activities on a visual timeline can greatly assist in understanding a user’s actions and explaining what has occurred to other stakeholders including supervisors, attorneys, and jurors. In the interest of helping James and other X-Ways users, I started to develop a tool that would convert TSV data exported from X-Ways into a standard TLN file that could then be loaded into IEF Timeline. James provided some sample TSV exports and feedback and the end result was a tool that makes the TSV-to-TLN conversion quick and easy…

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The discussion covers how MSAB partners with law enforcement to develop custom workflows for mobile device acquisitions that facilitate ISO compliance. Alan explains MSAB's managed service offering, where approved MSAB staff can remotely access a customer's XEC Director server to assist with software updates and troubleshooting. He emphasizes the strict data segregation policies enforced by customers to prevent MSAB from accessing any sensitive case data.

Looking ahead, Alan mentions MSAB's new CEO and hints at some exciting developments coming down the pipeline. He spotlights recent enhancements to XEC Director's speed and database functionality for managing large estates of networked Kiosks. Alan also plugs the new XEC Director training he created to help users fully leverage the platform's capabilities.

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07:00 – Training
12:00 – Workflows
17:20 – Ensuring a secure environment
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20:35 – Helping customers comply with ISO accreditation
25:00 – Validation and verification
27:30 – ISO standards
30:00 – MSAB’s pipeline plans
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43:45 – Privacy of user data

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