Guidance Software today announced a new forensic tool for the Apple iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod touch, giving digital investigators the ability to perform forensic analysis and e-discovery on the tablet that one in five Americans plan to buy over the next six months as well as other popular Apple devices.
According to a November survey of 1,641 business information technology buyers, corporate use of tablet devices is set to double in just the next three months. Despite the flood of new tablets hitting the market, the Apple iPad remains the overwhelming choice of business buyers going forward – with nearly four-in-five (78 percent) respondents saying their company plans to purchase Apple iPads.
The iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod touch frenzy on both the consumer and corporate fronts accelerates the need for law enforcement, security analysts and e-discovery specialists to review and collect forensic data from these popular devices. As a result, Guidance Software has expanded the mobile device support in the latest version of EnCase Neutrino to help customers acquire critical data from these devices in a matter of minutes.
“As we do digital investigations, we’re encountering more Apple devices including iPads and iPhones,” said Detective Andy Kleinick, Officer-in-Charge, LAPD, Computer Crimes Unit. “EnCase has been our primary digital forensics software for more than ten years. By supporting these popular devices Guidance Software will greatly assist my Department in collecting and analyzing these new forms of evidence through a court-vetted and effective tool.”
“Few organizations allow the connection of personal computers to a corporate network but, for some reason, many are fine with allowing employees to bring personal smart phones into the office – some going so far as to allow Wi-Fi-capable devices to connect to the corporate wireless network,” said Andrew Hay, senior security analyst, Enterprise Security Program for The 451 Group. “With this new support for iPhone and iPad, Guidance Software can help analysts using its products to overlay traditional forensic and incident response strategies to one of the most prolific mobile device architectures in use today.”
According to Apple’s earnings release, Apple sold a record 7.33 million iPads in the quarter ended December 25, 2010, compared to 4.19 million iPads in the previous quarter. Apple also sold 16.24 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 86 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.
In addition to selling the iPad in its stores and on its own website, Apple recently widened its retail distribution channel by making the iPad available at wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T and large retailers including Walmart, Best Buy and Target.
Guidance Software’s EnCase Neutrino also supports acquisition on devices running Android 2.1 and 2.2. This includes popular Android models like the Motorola Droid series and the HTC Evo.
EnCase Neutrino with Apple iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod touch support is available now.