The format of media presentations about software products has advanced just as the products themselves move forward from year to year. I am as interested in how companies portray their products as I am in what the products themselves actually do.
Here is a video presentation from Guidance Software giving an overview of Guidance Software’s EnCase Endpoint Investigator.
The first such video I ever saw, as it happens, was from Guidance Software, many years ago. A chap sat at his desk holding up relevant pieces of hardware, plugging in drives and showing what scrolled up his screen. If it sounds primitive now, it was a remarkably effective way of giving life to what would otherwise have been a mundane description in words.
Times have moved on and with them the tools available to describe and illustrate products. This short video (and brevity is a distinct benefit) makes use of technology which combines classroom-type delivery with crisp illustrative tools.
It is delivered by somebody who looks as if he knows what he is talking about. However sophisticated the underlying technology, the basic principles are relatively easily described as are the uses to which EnCase Endpoint Investigator can be used.
An agent sits on the endpoint – the desktop, laptop, smart device or whatever – and is run remotely by an investigator to collect and analyse data wherever it is geographically located. Investigators can “triage” remote systems, that is, see if any relevant information exists on the machine before performing a collection, and multiple systems in a wide range of operating systems can be searched at once.
The objective is to collect data faster and at minimal cost per exercise, making it available for analysis and review more quickly. Quite apart from any other benefits, this means that a single investigator or a small team of them can cover more ground in a day.
The video serves the purpose of explaining at a high level what is the product actually does. There are links to the relevant product webpage and to a product brief for those who want to know more, as well as links to Guidance Software’s flagship forensics product EnCase Forensic 8 and to other resources.
All in all this makes a good job of presenting a complex subject simply and then making it easy to make contact with relevant people at the company.