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Paraben Is Back On Top With The Tool Every Digital Forensic Lab Should Have

Thursday, October 19, 2017 (14:32:02)

Paraben Is Back On Top With The Tool Every Digital Forensic Lab Should Have

SC Media states, “This belongs in every lab doing mobile device forensics. Not only is it a solid tool. It is perfect for triage. We make this our Best Buy this month.”

SC Media, a highly rated news source for the Cyber Forensics Industry, has once again named E3:DS as Best Buy in mobile forensics along with a 5-Star review on product performance. SC Media states, “This belongs in every lab doing mobile device forensics. Not only is it a solid tool. It is perfect for triage. We make this our Best Buy this month.” Paraben Corporation, the originator of mobile technology forensics with products such as PDA & Cell Seizure in 2001, continues to lead the way into the future of forensics focusing on mobile devices and IoT (Internet of Things).

“It is rewarding to be acknowledged for all our hard work and commitment we have put into mobile forensics and it just shows that you can’t go wrong with good foundational technology such as E3:DS. Labs need to know that having a topped rank tool is not option it is a requirement to make sure you are producing the best possible evidence results.” commented Amber Schroader, CEO of Paraben

E3:DS is top-notch with a lot of options for any size lab. E3:DS is the comprehensive approach to mobile forensics in a single tool and can’t be beat. Having features such as logical imaging engine, physical imaging engine, data carving, cloud analysis engine, and an IoT engine in one tool it is like getting the swiss army knife of mobile forensics. Who would not want that to be in a lab where they fumble around with putting components of other tools together just to create something as powerful. E3:DS brings the uniformity to data that in the past has been spread to many different corners of the investigative process.

E3:DS has assisted in many investigations providing critical information in a timely manner. Chief Todd Faulkner, Hinsdale PD in New Hampshire, “In 2017 we handled an involved domestic violence case that resulted in the seizure and/or consent processing of multiple devices. This was almost completely a digital case and the processing of multiple devices as evidence was the only thing that would help solve the case. Knowing that power of Paraben DS I was able to take devices, while investigators were conducting interviews and process them before the interviews were completed. These were both new and older devices with different memory allocations and data. Paraben’s tool was so fast that I was able to keep up with the evidence load without difficulty. Upon indexing the information, a lot of data was identified in unallocated (deleted) space and the case was solved almost 100% on the forensics. It should be noted that the deleted information recovered discredited the statements being received from the device owner and supported impeachment of the witness and supported charges on the defendant.”

About Paraben Corporation:

Since 2001 Paraben has been a foundation in solutions for mobile devices, smartphones, email, and gaming system forensics. Paraben has been forging new approaches for dealing with digital evidence. Paraben’s focus on mobility led to many other areas of innovation, including the research and development into the Internet of Things (IoT) with the Forensics of EverythingTM (FoE). Paraben supports logical and physical images with mobile devices and supports 100% of the smartphones on the market. In addition, Paraben can add to an existing arsenal with specialized tools for unique data, such as network email servers, local email archives, internet related data, and gaming systems. Paraben provides software with a unified vision and interface for dealing with all types of digital data. From start-to-finish, Paraben offers solutions that can build new capabilities into any digital investigation.

About SC Media:

They have more than 25 years, sharing industry expert guidance and insight, in-depth features and timely news, and independent product reviews in various content forms in partnership with and for top-level information security executives and their technical teams.


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daveola210

1. WOW

I certainly hope this is an advertisement by Paraben and not an actual endorsement of Paraben by Forensic Focus. If it is, maybe it should read that Paraben is a "Tool Every Digital Forensic Lab Should Have, if your budget doesn't allow you to buy a really good one".


Shan

2. Re: WOW

Dave:

I work for Paraben and it was a press release published from a review in SC Magazine. I am happy to send you the link to the article that states it is a must have. This was an independent review. Perhaps you should give the tool a try first. I am happy to provide you with a web demo and a 15 day evaluation key so that you can test it for yourself.


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paraben

3. WOW Part II

I figured it was only fair to post. I have been part of digital forensics for over 20 years working hard to make tools that are of good quality and also fairly priced. I see comments like this and wonder why bother. Paraben could have priced our tools at the same high prices as everyone else did, but we wanted to actually be fair to every customer out there and give them a chance to actually have a quality tool in their lab that did not cost the same as a car. Our tool was reviewed independently via a test plan and we got a rave review. We posted our press release because we are a supporter of this group. The reviewer is right every lab should have it because they should have a lot of great tools, but Paraben's tool gets overlooked because we are priced fairly. We that is where the big mistake is we are great quality and we have supported this industry longer than any other tool for mobile forensics. I personally put company resources out to help this space with investigations even if they don't have our tool. Seeing comments like this "Dave" make me wonder why I would bother with being kind and fair. I don't think I have ever posted like this before, but enough is enough. This is Amber Schroader the CEO of Paraben and the one who has put the work in to try to support this space with her team and doesn't appreciate poor manners.


tfaulkner

4. Re: Poor Understanding of Paraben

As someone who is quoted in this article I feel it necessary to respond to the unfair statement by Dave which, I suspect is merely based on a lack of understanding.

As a 25 year veteran of law enforcement and a recognized computer and mobile device forensics expert in state and federal court. I have had the good fortune of hundreds of hours of training in the digital forensic world. I currently work as a forensic analyst for our Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and process hundreds of devices and computers every year in both the field and lab setting. Within this plethora of training I am trained in multiple forensic tools/programs and have almost every quality tool available to us in my lab. I do not use the term "quality tool" lightly and easily place Paraben at that top of the list for these tools. The nature of our Task Force work requires that we are able to find data and deal with criminals trying to hide and/or destroy evidence on a regular basis. I would never use a tool that does not afford me that ability to find this data and deal with their deceptive acts as the cost of failing means these predators go free, which is something I could never accept.

As the Chief of Police for my department I am also tasked with financial responsibilities that we all know is not easy nowadays and having a powerful tool that is affordable is a must. I also struggle every year when I renew my licenses to see how much I spend for tools that are no better than Paraben and the astronomical costs I pay to keep them. It also stuns me that I must pay so much money for add-ons that come standard with Paraben's tool.

I have been using Paraben for many years and have watched this tool grow in power while remaining very affordable. There is an old school cliche that if a tool is not expensive than it must not be good, which when it comes to Paraben is far from the truth. Currently Paraben E3:Universal is my primary "go-to" tool of choice for ALL of my cases. I have at my disposal the more expensive tools that are perceived to be the "really good ones" and consistently find that Paraben uncovers the same amount and more often than not more data than these other tools. In fairness and transparency I will also be the first to say that there are certain databases and information that the tool does not parse as well as other tools, but that very statement can be made for every tool out there. I know this because as any good forensic analyst knows you must validate your work and use a validation plan on a regular basis which, I do regularly. This is also why I have many quality tools to ensure I can do this and not fail my victims at the end of the day.

Amber and Paraben as a company has worked extremely hard to make this tool affordable and top tiered. She is constantly in a moral struggle with adding a large price tag to be seen as "really good" and also making a tool that the smaller agencies can afford and do their job with confidence and support. I think this speaks volumes for the company and Amber as their desire to do the right thing out weighs a purse full of money. Integrity, flexibility, customer understanding and affordability are extremely important to this company and should not be overlooked.

Dave, I encourage you to test the tool, push it to the limits with your 20 years of experience. If you give it a fair test and look at the totality of everything I am confident you will change your perception of the tool and see why it has been independently recommended that every digital forensic lab should have.

Todd Faulkner