As we look ahead to what’s coming in 2019, we have a lot to be excited about in our company! We’re working on new versions of our industry-leading software tools for digital forensics and e-discovery professionals, finalizing some partnerships that will help us deliver even more to our customers, investing in philanthropic initiatives that reflect our core values as an organization, and planning another must-attend user summit for AccessData customers worldwide.
Here is a quick list of 10 exciting things you can expect to see from AccessData in 2019:
- Quin-C innovation — Last year, we launched the pioneering Quin-C technology, a next-generation investigative software solution that supports every stage of the workflow for law enforcement, government agencies, law firms, corporations and forensic labs of all sizes. In 2019, we’ll be rolling out new features and enhancements to the HTML5 user interface, new capabilities to support compliance workflows and expanded e-discovery capabilities.
- Enhanced cloud offerings — AccessData was the first forensics software company to introduce cloud-based forensics when we launched AD Lab on Amazon Web Services last year, followed by availability in Microsoft Azure. This year, we’ll be improving AD Lab for use in the cloud environment, supporting our customers in their journey toward cloud migration. We’ll also be rolling out new cloud offerings for the legal market — including new tools for legal service providers — as part of our expanded cloud support.
- Free educational programs — Our “Supercharged” webinar series, in which AccessData offers free educational programs to digital forensics and e-discovery professionals that help them advance their careers, was a big hit last year. As a result, we are planning a number of new webinars in 2019 and will continue to offer these free of charge. Sign up for the latest webinars on our BrightTalk channel.
- AD Gives Back — AccessData Gives Back is our worldwide corporate charity program in which we reinvest in the communities where we do business, and where our employees live and work. This year, we will be planning a number of Global Service Days, where AccessData team members will be given time off work to volunteer their time in service to various local community service projects. In fact, we have already stepped up the plate to support federal workers affected by the government shutdown, hosting a luncheon for federal government customers in Ogden, Utah.
- A Fabulous User Summit — Our annual AccessData User Summit has become known as a “can’t miss” conference for our customers worldwide to learn more about industry trends, technology innovations and to network with their peers around the world. The 2019 AD User Summit will take place April 8-11, 2019, at the Green Valley Resort in fabulous Las Vegas!
- FTK intake of data from Apple File System (APFS) — APFS is a notoriously complex file structure that is very difficult for digital forensics professionals to collect and ingest for processing. Later this year, we will be updating our agent and releasing a new version of the FTK processing engine to enable users to both collect data from an Apple device and bring it into our forensic tools for analysis.
- Industry partnerships — Last year, we made headlines in the legal industry by announcing a partnership with Relativity (AD eDiscovery for Relativity is now available on the Relativity App Hub) and by becoming an affiliate member of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS). In 2019, keep an eye out for new industry partnerships that will enable us to deliver even more value and support to our customers.
- Lending a hand to heroes — AccessData’s software tools assist law enforcement professionals with important digital forensics investigations and legal professionals with the administration of justice, so we are always looking for opportunities to provide those tools to non-profit organizations doing heroic work. In 2019, we will be extending our commitments to organizations such as 4theONE, a non-profit group dedicated to finding and rescuing children who are missing, exploited or trafficked, and the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Child Rescue Program administered by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division.
- Image recognition — Machine learning technology has already made a significant impact on digital forensics and e-discovery by driving tremendous efficiency gains with the processing of text. In 2019, AccessData will roll out new product functionality that applies machine learning technology to images. Essentially, you will be able to feed images into the software (e.g., photos of a person of interest) and open-source machine learning technology from Google will train the system to accurately identify what is contained in those images. This will help forensic professionals to draw connections in cases and speed up investigations.
- Continued investments for the next generation — For more than 30 years, AccessData has been a pioneer in digital forensics software and we will be extending this commitment in the year ahead. This includes significant new investments in Artificial Intelligence technology to support intelligent review and greater optimization of our tools for data collection from Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
This is just a sneak peek at some of the exciting initiatives that we have in the works for the year ahead. May 2019 be a rewarding year for all of us!