Waterloo-based Magnet Forensics, which develops digital investigation software for forensic professionals, has acquired Virginia-based Sentinel Data.
Sentinel Data — which was founded by two former police officers — is the company behind Atlas, a digital evidence case and lab management solution that will become part of the Magnet Forensics’ product portfolio. Magnet Forensics suggests that the acquisition will help its platform become more holistic, touching on collaboration, evidence management, resource management, and budgeting.
“Investigative teams have been managing their cases using spreadsheets, documentsm or homegrown systems that make it difficult to collaborate, maintain chain of custody and manage all of the resources involved in each case,” said Jad Saliba, founder and CTO at Magnet Forensics. “Our customers have told us there is a clear need for a robust case and lab management solution that is easy to use, cost-effective and can provide robust reporting, evidence management and have multiple stakeholders collaborate on cases. Bringing Sentinel Data into the Magnet Forensics’ family allows us to ensure we are helping our customers with their entire workflow.”
The Sentinel Data team will join Magnet Forensics.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Sentinel Data team to Magnet Forensics. It is imperative that we work and partner with leaders in the industry who are aligned with our core values and corporate mission,” said Adam Belsher, CEO of Magnet Forensics. “I look forward to working with our new team to find solutions for our customers – from examiners, to investigators, to leaders and owners.”
Magnet Forensics’ software allows investigators to acquire relevant data from software and computers, and visualize it. Its Magnet.AI contextual analysis tool is specifically designed to help investigators track child exploitation cases.