Computer crime is responsible for more than ten billion euros worth of damage annually in the German economy alone. The figure for industrial espionage, in which IT also plays an important role, is an incredible fifty billion euros. Unfortunately, most IT users leave digital traces wherever they go. Finding and analyzing these traces as a technique for reconstructing how crimes are committed is a task for IT forensics. Fraunhofer SIT attempts to optimize methods and tools to enable fraud to be identified and proved in a legally compatible way. The challenges confronting researchers are multiple: technological advances mean the tools have to be continuously improved, yet the growing number of mobile devices and new encryption techniques makes it increasingly difficult to secure evidence.
Fraunhofer SIT acts on behalf of manufacturers and users of IT forensic software as well as companies that are victims of IT related crime. The Institute specifically offers the following services:
- Consulting and technical support for legally secure forensic analyses
- Development, customizing, and testing of IT forensic tools
- IT forensic analyses
- Analyses of data traces in multifunctional devices
- Software to optimize Benford probability analyses