Criminal investigators have much the same requirements as those in the civil fields – and the same costs pressures. They need to search and analyse large volumes of data, to review and tag them, and to make them available to others.
Government bodies are increasingly arming themselves with the ability to get ahead of those whom they investigate. Companies which have not yet got around to information governance and who possess large volumes of data which they do not control properly are frequently surprised to discover that prosecutors and regulators are equipped to find information which the company did not know it had – something it might regret when the investigator finds it first.
The FBI has now put itself in a position to do just that with people and companies who fall under its eye.