SOURCE: AccessData Group

AccessData Group

October 14, 2015 09:35 ET

AccessData Launches Summation 6.0 and FTK 6.0, Improving Integrated Forensics and e-Discovery Software Platform

Interoperability Between Company's Products Brings Together Collection, Analysis and Processing of Evidence in Single Database

LINDON, UT--(Marketwired - Oct 14, 2015) - AccessData Group, a provider of integrated digital forensics and e-Discovery software solutions, today announced the simultaneous launches of Summation 6.0 and FTK 6.0, powered by a forensically secure database and enhanced interoperability between both products.

"The importance of a single unified database is that a customer's data doesn't actually move from one place to another when it transitions out of the investigations and collections phase into the processing and review phase," said Nadine Weiskopf, vice president of product management for AccessData. "With fewer 'data hops' as the digital files move across the forensics and e-Discovery workflow, there is a reduced risk of errors in review and potential spoliation problems in the chain of custody."

Weiskopf noted that the newly released versions of Summation and FTK feature improvements to the shared index file, consistent de-duplication of data from both products and a new shared audit log that displays documents viewed through both applications. In addition to the enhanced interoperability of the industry's only integrated forensics and e-Discovery software platform, the new versions of each individual product also include improvements based on customer feedback.

Summation 6.0

Summation is the only Web-based solution that combines predictive coding, advanced analytics, comprehensive data processing, early case assessment, case management, final review and transcript management into a single platform. The software provides a real-time review platform that allows secure collaboration, regardless of where any member of the litigation team is located.

Summation 6.0 delivers a new self-managed solution on a multi-tenant platform that allows application service providers (ASPs) to provide on-demand access to the software 24/7, with minimal resources or support needed. End users are now able to set up their own account independently, create a case, set up users and manage their own workflow without the need to call the ASP for assistance. This greatly reduces an ASP's costs and dedicated labor needs.

"The availability of Summation 6.0 in an on-demand, multi-tenant environment is an important breakthrough for ASPs who wish to offer their clients access to the Summation e-Discovery platform," said Weiskopf. "This eliminates the need for ASPs to staff around the clock support teams and empowers customers with self-managed account set-up, user management, data uploading, processing and production."

At the heart of Summation 6.0 is the new LawDrop tool, which has data upload capabilities similar to the popular Dropbox application. This feature gives customers the ability to upload case data into the Summation multi-tenant platform, and access it from anywhere on a 24/7 basis.

Other features of notes include the new Browser Briefcase, which allows users to load multiple documents all at once, and Active Directory Integration. In addition, Summation's Case Organizer features several enhancements that streamline case preparation, as well as faster reporting and enhanced notes capabilities.

FTK 6.0

FTK (Forensic Toolkit®) is a court-cited digital investigations platform built for fast processing, stability and ease of use, while handling massive data sets. It provides comprehensive processing and indexing up front, so filtering and searching is faster than with any other product. This means users can "zero-in" on the relevant evidence quickly and conduct their analysis faster.

FTK 6.0 boasts the new FTK Web Viewer, powered by a shared back-end database with Summation. This tool allows users to conduct case assessment earlier than any other software product on the market because it allows attorneys and their staff members to have instant access to evidence in the field -- on a real-time basis -- as it's being identified in FTK.

"The FTK Web Viewer puts a tool in the hands of litigators they have never had before," said Weiskopf. "As incident response professionals are in the field performing on-site data collections, they are able to transmit that initial investigative data in a secure electronic format that attorneys and other authorized team members can view literally the moment it is run through FTK. This is made possible by a single, secure back-end database shared by our FTK and Summation products."

FTK 6.0 also introduces a new "easy button" feature for streamlined workflow and much faster data processing. The product now includes pre-defined, one-click command options that allow users to determine how they want to process evidence (e.g., e-Discovery processing, forensic processing, etc.) and immediately sends that batch of evidence into processing. Other new features in FTK 6.0 include multi-case searching within the FTK Web Viewer that allows users to work faster by searching across groups of cases at one time, new compatibility for viewing Cellebrite® UFDR images within FTK, and the latest enhancements for compatibility with Windows 10.

"AccessData blazed the trail of integrated digital forensics and e-Discovery software, merging the worlds of computer forensics and legal review," said Weiskopf. "With the simultaneous releases of Summation 6.0 and FTK 6.0, we have improved each of these products for their unique customer bases and have also enhanced the way they work together to help streamline the investigative and e-Discovery workflow."

For more information about either Summation 6.0 or FTK 6.0, please go to http://marketing.accessdata.com/6.0release.

About AccessData
AccessData Group has pioneered digital forensics and e-discovery software development for more than 25 years. Over that time, the company has grown to provide both stand-alone and enterprise-class solutions that can synergistically work together to enable both criminal and civil e-discovery of any kind, including digital investigations, computer forensics, legal review, compliance, auditing and information assurance. More than 130,000 customers in law enforcement, government agencies, corporations and law firms around the world rely on AccessData software solutions, and its premier digital investigations products and services. AccessData Group is also a leading provider of digital forensics training and certification, with its AccessData Certified Examiner® (ACE®) and Mobile Phone Examiner Certification AME programs. For more information, please go to www.accessdata.com.

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