Digital Evidence Analysis Tools
Digital evidence examination is the forensic acquisition and analysis of computer hard drives, thumb drives, cell phones and
any other data storage devices seized in the course of an investigation. Computers and electronic devices are common sources
of evidence in a wide variety of criminal cases.
The amount of potential stored digital evidence data is doubling at an estimated rate of every 18 to 24 months. As the volume of digital evidence continues to grow, it will become operationally and economically unfeasible for law enforcement
agencies to commit the human, financial, and data-processing resources necessary to acquire and analyze large datasets without
tools and technologies that speed up the process.
NIJ supports the development of solutions to help increase the speed of digital evidence acquisition and analysis, as well
as the range of data that can be analyzed and used as evidence in court. Here are some of NIJ's ongoing projects in this area:
Date Created: November 5, 2010