Guidance Software Inc. has announced EnCase Portable®, a new data acquisition solution on a USB drive that enables law enforcement, government, law firm and corporate customers to leverage the search and acquisition capabilities of EnCase® in a wide range of field applications…Unlike existing computer forensics solutions, EnCase Portable runs on a USB drive, rather than a laptop, and enables the user to easily and rapidly boot a target computer to the USB drive, and run a pre-configured data search and collection job. The ease-of-use and ultra-portability of EnCase Portable creates exciting new possibilities in data acquisition. Even personnel untrained in computer forensics can forensically acquire documents, Internet history and artifacts, images, and other digital evidence, including entire hard drives, with a few simple keyboard clicks.
EnCase Portable can be used in a wide range of applications, including:
* Law Enforcement: enables police and civilian investigators to forensically acquire data without an onsite forensic expert
* Government: enables personnel in the field to quickly and accurately collect data from computers and conduct covert operations
* Corporations and Law Firms: enables enterprise IT or law firm paralegals to forensically acquire information from corporate computers for eDiscovery or corporate investigations
“EnCase Portable represents ‘EnCase for Everyone’ – it is a force multiplier for law enforcement, government agencies, law firms, and corporations. It is easy to use, fast and preserves digital evidence in the court-vetted evidence file format for which EnCase is known,” said Victor Limongelli, President and CEO of Guidance Software. “EnCase Portable further demonstrates Guidance Software’s continued commitment to innovation and highlights our ability to extend the EnCase platform to new products for customers across a wide range of industries.”
EnCase Portable is expected to ship on a 4GB USB drive, but can also be used on larger USB devices if required; with the use of a USB hub, data can be stored on a USB drive or on other media, such as external hard drives. The product is expected to be available in the third quarter 2009.