Time is a four-letter word in any digital forensics investigation, criminal or corporate. And increasingly, those at the helm are losing it under the terabytes of mobile device and cloud data that they must analyze and interpret for clues—the needles in a digital haystack. With more and more sources of data comes the necessity to harness and process it more efficiently. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the solution to that challenge, as it’s able to process more quickly and more accurately than a human can, and leads to actionable intelligence in less time.

Our COO Lee Reiber recently appeared on the “Kotecki on Tech” podcast, hosted by James Kotecki, to discuss the implications of AI in digital forensics and law enforcement: “The data isn’t going anywhere. There’s such a backlog of information because it’s involved in every crime . . . it now comes down to using some sort of AI to help crunch the data, identify commonalities, and perhaps predict things based on historical movements, activities, and communications.”

However, there’s also a significant understanding deficit around AI, and many of those involved in the investigative and judicial processes don’t fully grasp its technical capabilities and processes. If the investigator isn’t able to explain specific algorithms to the prosecutor or the judge, how’s a prosecutor or judge going to understand that information?

Much in the same way that the Netflix show Mindhunter details the challenges that the FBI faced in the late 1970s while introducing the concept of psychological profiling of serial killers, AI-assisted investigations represent a new theory of crime and crime-solving.

“Being able to take hundreds of thousands of images across multiple devices and quickly categorize them, like to identify weapons or drugs, has been tremendous in helping investigators take back some of that precious time.”

For Oxygen Forensics, it ultimately comes down to: how can we produce tools to make digital forensic investigators’ jobs easier and ultimately make this world safer?

You can listen to the episode “A.I. Cops at Digital Crime Scenes” by clicking here.

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