Cyan Forensics and Susteen unite to help governments fight child sex abuse and terrorism on smartphones

Cyan Forensics announced a new partnership with Susteen, the California-based developer of mobile forensic tools. Bringing together two leading capabilities, this will deliver a portable, easy to use rapid triage capability for smartphones. This strategic alliance will bring Cyan Forensics’ scanning technology to Susteen’s Datapilot DP10 platform.

Founded in 2016, Cyan Forensics’ technology for scanning computers is already used by the Home Office Child Abuse Image Database system and policing across the UK for offences relating to Child Sexual Abuse Material, and is deployed with counter terror policing in the UK and Europe.

Bringing Cyan Forensics’ rapid scanning technology to Susteen’s Datapilot DP10 will provide a vital new capability for front-line police officers and counter terrorism teams to be able to scan mobile phones quickly and accurately in the field.

People are moving increasingly to different devices for internet use, with over 3.2 billion smartphone users globally last year. Offending activity is moving the same way, and policing is experiencing a huge increase in the number of smartphones being examined for evidence.

With Europol reporting increases in online child sexual exploitation during COVID-19, it is more important than ever that police are able to quickly and effectively find the evidence they need to act, whether it is on computers, hard drives or mobile phones.

“It has always been our intention to make our rapid scanning capability available as widely as possible,” said Ian Stevenson, CEO and co-founder at Cyan Forensics.

“The ability to scan smartphones is vital, and in Susteen we have found a partner with complementary products and shared values. We are both specialists in our fields and by bringing our individual expertise together, we can create a cutting edge tool that rapidly scans smartphones in the field for illegal imagery.

“I’m excited to get this capability into the hands of front-line users dealing with child abuse and terrorism investigations and help them in their work.”

“Our top priority has always been and will continue to be to empower law enforcement in protecting children from online exploitation,” stated Steve Lin, President at Susteen.

“This partnership with Cyan Forensics will give law enforcement the ability get rapid results while on-scene and also quickly identify illegal images, giving them the ability to make quick and actionable decisions without the traditional lengthy wait on a forensic lab.

“Both companies focus on using cutting edge technology to make collecting evidence faster and easier. We are passionate about helping law enforcement to solve more crimes with technology.”

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