INTERNET EVIDENCE FINDER (IEF) has been recommended in a report published by the NIJ Electronic Crime Technology Center of Excellence. The report provides a review of the software, walking through IEF’s special features, and includes detailed results of product testing that was conducted as a part of the evaluation.
The report finds that IEF is not only able to discover Internet artifacts every time it is run, but also consistently recovers data that was not expected to be found – that an investigator may not have thought to look for. It states that IEF is a tool that would “enhance the efficiency of justice,” and concludes that, “There is no doubt IEF is a superior tool and should be a part of every investigator’s toolbox,” providing a large return on investment to groups investigating digital evidence.
Evaluation Process Criteria
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Electronic Crime Technology Center of Excellence (ECTCoE) conducts electronic crime and digital evidence tool, technology and training testing and evaluations in support of the NIJ Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) process. This process includes five phases:
- Phase I: Determine technology needs principally in partnership with the Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisory Council (LECTAC) and the appropriate Technology Working Group (TWG).
- Phase II: Develop technology program plans to address those needs.
- Phase III: Develop solutions.
- Phase IV: Demonstrate, test, evaluate and adopt potential solutions into practice.
- Phase V: Build capacity and conduct outreach to ensure that the new tool or technology benefits practitioners.