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Pete Steege
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Businesses invest in IT, cops invest in ET (evidence technology)

The consumerization of IT is an oft-quoted trend in IT circles: how dramatic changes in employee digital behavior are transforming how businesses manage their digital content.

It turns out the same behavior changes in criminals are transforming the legal system. As an example, a collection of digital evidence overwhelmingly convinced jurors in the recent Rutgers suicide case.

Sure, fingerprints and DNA remain central to fighting crime. But the tide is shifting, and digital evidence is more and more often the make-the-case content for investigators and prosecutors. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
Posted By: Pete Steege

Video Synopsis finds needles in surveillance haystacks – in minutes

Cops work hard.

If there was a “Top Ten Hardest Working Careers” list, I’m sure law enforcement would be at or near the top.

But while having a strong work ethic is admirable, sometimes it’s not enough. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
Posted By: Pete Steege

Six essentials for digital evidence discs

The optical disc is the de facto standard in the law enforcement community for the collection and sharing of digital evidence. But there’s more to an evidence disc than what a PC burner and a Sharpie pen can provide.

Here’s what an evidence disc needs to successfully get your digital evidence from the field to the courtroom:

Permanent. Discs and labels Continue reading »

Pete Steege
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SSDs can destroy fragile digital evidence

Two researchers from Australia have found that solid state drives (SSDs) can make digital evidence unusable. Turns out these devices have a mind of their own, and can accidentally destroy the chain of evidence without being told to do so.

Digital evidence is inherently fragile. Conscious care must be taken to successfully get it to trial. This is a challenge for those collecting suspicious content, but also effects evidence it as it makes its way through an investigation on the way to the courthouse. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
Posted By: Pete Steege

The newest weapon in fighting crimes against children: time

There’s a new weapon in fighting crimes against children: time.

Automated systems like Rimage’s Evidence Disc System that ingest and analyze stacks of discs are freeing up investigators like those at the Minneapolis PD to do more of what they were hired to do: prosecute criminals. Continue reading »