Investigators and law enforcement agencies face unparalleled challenges in today’s crime-fighting landscape. Digital data (evidence) being extracted from multiple devices and sources are overwhelming labs, generating mountains of data to comb through for each investigation.

Technology is also evolving at a rapid pace on all fronts. Data gleaned from drones, 3D printing, phone updates, social media apps, and the Cloud is adding to the deluge. Organizations are drowning in digital data, backlogs are increasing, and the ability to provide actionable intelligence is being stymied.

A recent MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte Digital global business study revealed that only 44% of those surveyed, “feel adequately prepared for disruptions projected to occur in their industry due to digital trends.”

So, how can agencies best prepare today for tomorrow’s challenges?

The answer is by building a solid Digital Intelligence (DI) Readiness foundation to keep your agency robust and resilient. DI is both the data that is extracted from ever-expanding digital sources and data types—smartphones, computers, and the Cloud—and the process by which agencies access, manage, and leverage data to surface trusted insights.

To be effective, digital evidence needs to be accessible, manageable, and actionable for every case. In our experience, we’ve found that agencies who accelerate their DI Readiness are more equipped to take on new, challenging cases and solve them faster.

What is Cellebrite’s approach to DI Readiness?

Cellebrite’s DI Readiness lies in the sweet spot between the intersection of technological implementation and organizational capabilities, where your people, process, and tech stack are established across the board.

There are eight key elements to achieving DI Readiness:

  1. Access to digital evidence
  2. Management of the digital data workload
  3. Digital evidence operations and chain of custody
  4. Capability to securely share data and collaborate
  5. Ability to leverage timely insights from digital evidence
  6. Competency and know-how of the team’s ability to handle digital data
  7. Professional development plans to keep pace with shifts in technology
  8. Ability to measure the effectiveness of workflows and drive ongoing optimizations

Determining your level of DI Readiness

Depending on your capabilities, you might excel in some areas but need improvement in others. Cellebrite’s DI Readiness Navigator and Matrix can help you understand your quadrant placement in terms of maturity level.

Agencies can be placed anywhere on the Matrix based on their level of digital readiness and maturity. Most agencies will find themselves somewhere in between these four categories, depending on where they are in their DI journey. In our experience, it’s common to excel in some areas while still leaving room for improvement and growth in others.

Agencies can now use our DI Readiness Navigator to see where they stand and how to improve. In doing this exercise, it’s important to take a step back and look at how your organization handles every aspect of the process. Find out where you stand on the maturity model so you can optimize your processes and workflows.

What does DI Readiness look like?

DI Readiness requires a complete transformation. This may look different in every industry and agency since no two are alike. We see this as more of a journey rather than a single endpoint.

Organizations who are DI-ready are able to:

  • Accelerate the investigation process and get faster, data-driven results with AI and automation
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders and gain crucial insights
  • Empower staff with the tools they need, fit to their personas
  • Secure workflows, protect the chain of custody and ensure adherence to
  • policy governance
  • Be proactive and leverage data for better decision-making and planning

Are you DI Ready?

Becoming DI Ready is a process that takes time, training, and the right tools. Take the DI Readiness Navigator to see where you stand and how to improve.

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