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Sub-topic 1. NAND/NOR Chip Forensics - Phase II

Award Information

Department of Homeland Security
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-003-0006-II
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
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Small Business Information
1000 Lake Street, Suite 203 Oak Park, IL 60301
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Sub-topic 1. NAND/NOR Chip Forensics - Phase II
Agency: DHS
Contract: D12PC00474
Award Amount: $750,000.00


The overall goal of this project is to develop new tools and techniques to address current limitations in mobile forensics. Many factors, including NAND Flash memory, passcode protected phones, encrypted data, lack of device support and simplistic analysis techniques in current forensic tools drive the need for advancements in mobile forensic tools. Phase I of this project was highly successful. We developed techniques that created a forensically sound and verifiable image of data on devices utilizing NAND flash memory. We also developed tools which enabled more effective analysis of the acquired data. Phase II will build upon the successes of Phase I by: 1. Expanding the number of Android devices our NAND Flash Write Blocker (vNandBlock) and acquisition tools support; 2. Porting applicable vNandBlock and acquisition tools Apple iOS and Windows Phone devices; 3. Applying advanced analytic techniques to extract mobile forensics data; 4. Developing forensic training modules which incorporate the knowledge gained in the development of these new techniques and tools. The new tools and techniques developed in Phase II would provide direct benefit to law enforcement agencies tasked with analyzing mobile devices in civil, criminal and national security investigations. The advanced data analysis engine would greatly improve the amount of intelligence which could be generated from mobile devices. viaForensics believes that Phase II will enable us to expound on our existing and proven commercialization vehicles including viaExtract(TM) (our forensic software product) and proprietary training courses and aggressively pursue opportunities to license our technology to other commercial entities.

Principal Investigator:

Andrew Hoog

Business Contact:

Chee-Young Kim
Small Business Information at Submission:

1000 Lake Street, Suite 203 Oak Park, IL 60301-1131

EIN/Tax ID: 264025191
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No