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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
D12PC00474
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-003-0006-II
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB011.2-003
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1000 Lake Street, Suite 203, Oak Park, IL, 60301-1131
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
026105078
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Hoog
ahoog@viaforensics.com
Business Contact:
Chee-Young Kim
ckim@viaforensics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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.

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