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Companies are taking Forensics in-house

Posted by rjbiii on October 16, 2007

According to an article posted by Dark Reading, (annoying ad warning) IT departments are doing more of the intrusion investigations, and other tasks traditionally outsourced to experts, themselves.

If you think finding out who did what with your data always means calling in high-priced spooks armed with arcane software, think again. The trend is toward placing the power to handle investigations in the hands of enterprises themselves. Why? With security incidents, e-discovery and litigation on the rise across all industries and organizations of all sizes, having tools in-house allows IT to mobilize quickly and address situations before there’s significant impact.

The forensics software landscape has also gotten more inclusive, with enterprise-class investigative tools in the pipeline along with log-analysis software, network monitors, and systems that can aid in investigations and e-discovery involving e-mail. Many of these do double duty, making them easier sells come budget time.

The article also discloses that Guidance Software, producer of EnCase, will soon get a little more competition:

In the forensics space, at least two upstarts are set to rival the enterprise edition of Guidance Software’s Encase, the granddaddy of investigative toolsets. By year’s end, security services provider Mandiant will step into the enterprise incident response arena with its Intelligent Response appliance, and AccessData is also prepping an offering, due in the first half of next year, that will encompass forensics, incident response and e-discovery.

I’m not sure what a product that encompasses “forensics, incident response and e-discovery” will look like (seems like it might be taking too big a bite of the cookie), but I’m willing to reserve judgment for now.

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