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Digital Forensics Market by Component (Hardware, Software, and Services), Type (Computer Forensics, Network Forensics, Mobile Device Forensics, and Cloud Forensics), Tool, Vertical, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022

By: marketsandmarkets.com
Publishing Date: March 2018
Report Code: TC 3619

 

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The digital forensics market was estimated to be USD 4.15 Billion in 2016 and is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.9% during 2017–2022. The base year considered for this study is 2016, and the forecast period is 2017–2022.

Objectives of the Study

  • To define, describe, and forecast the digital forensics market on the basis of components (hardware, software, and services), types, tools, verticals, and regions
  • To provide detailed information regarding the major factors influencing the growth of the market (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges)
  • To analyze the micromarkets with respect to individual growth trends, prospects, and contributions to the total market
  • To analyze opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high-growth segments of the market
  • To forecast the market size of the market segments with respect to the 5 major regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Latin America
  • To profile the key players in the market and comprehensively analyze their market size and core competencies in the Digital Forensics Market
  • To track and analyze competitive developments, such as new product launches, mergers and acquisitions;  and partnerships, agreements, and collaborations in the global market

The research methodology used to estimate and forecast the digital forensics market began with capturing the data of the revenues of the key vendors through secondary sources, such as annual reports, press releases, and associations and consortiums; such as RSA Security, the SANS Institute, SC Magazine, and databases, such as Factiva, BusinessWeek, company websites, and news articles. Vendor offerings were also taken into consideration to determine the market segmentation. The bottom-up procedure was employed to arrive at the overall market size of the global market from the revenues of the key players in the market. After arriving at the overall market size, the total market was split into several segments and subsegments, which were then verified through primary research by conducting extensive interviews with key people, such as Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Vice Presidents (VPs), directors, and executives. The data triangulation and market breakdown procedures were employed to complete the overall market engineering process and arrive at the exact statistics for all segments. The breakdown of primary participants is depicted in the figure below:

Digital Forensics Market

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The digital forensics ecosystem comprises digital forensics component providers, such as AccessData (, US), OpenText (Canada), MSAB (Sweden), Oxygen Forensics (US), Cellebrite (Israel), Paraben (US), Coalfire (US), ADF Solutions (US), Digital Detective (US), Magnet Forensics (Canada), and LogRhythm (US). The other stakeholders of the digital forensics market include, cybersecurity vendors, managed security service providers, and system integrators.

Key Target Audience

  • Digital forensics hardware vendors
  • Digital forensics software vendors
  • Digital forensics service providers
  • Defense organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Independent software vendors
  • Consulting firms
  • System integrators
  • Value-added Resellers (VARs)
  • Information Technology (IT) security agencies
  • Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs)

 “The research study answers several questions for the stakeholders, primarily which market segments to focus in the next 2 to 5 years for prioritizing the efforts and investments.”

Scope of the Report

The research report categorizes the digital forensics market to forecast the revenues and analyzes the trends in each of the following submarkets:

Digital Forensics Market by Component

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Services
    • Professional services
      • Digital investigation and consulting
      • Incident response
      • System integration
      • Training and education
      • Support and maintenance
    • Managed services

Digital Forensics Market by Type

  • Computer forensics
  • Network forensics
  • Mobile device forensics
  • Cloud forensics

Digital Forensics Market by Tool

  • Data acquisition and preservation
  • Forensics data analysis
  • Data recovery
  • Review and reporting
  • Forensic decryption
  • Others (file viewers, registry analysis tools, and email analysis tools)

Digital Forensics Market by Vertical

  • Government and defense
  • Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI)
  • Telecom and IT
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Others (media and entertainment, education, and energy and utilities)

Digital Forensics Market by Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • MEA
  • Latin America

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With the given market data, MarketsandMarkets offers customizations based on the company-specific needs. The following customization options are available for the report:

Geographic Analysis

  • Further breakdown of the APAC market into countries contributing 75% of the regional market size
  • Further breakdown of the North American market into countries contributing 75% of the regional market size
  • Further breakdown of the Latin American market into countries contributing 75% of the regional market size
  • Further breakdown of the MEA market into countries contributing 75% of the regional market size
  • Further breakdown of the European market into countries contributing 75% of the regional market size

Company Information

Detailed analysis and profiling of additional market players (up to 5).

Technological advancements in computing and connectivity and increased instances of cyber-attacks is subjected to drive the global digital forensics market to USD 9.68 billion by 2022

Digital forensics solutions are used in collecting, identifying, and validating and preserving digital evidence. Increased instances of cyber-attacks results in heaving financial loss for company and reputation or brand damage. Digital forensics focuses on recovering the stolen or lost data by methodologies such as digital device acquisition, data collection, decryption, data processing and analysis, and flexible reporting. Digital forensics solutions scan all the devices and networks or enterprise network which include active data, residual data, and backup data and also checks for all the indicators of compromise.

Digital forensics can be carried out by tools such as forensic data analysis, data acquisition and preservation, data recovery, review and reporting, and forensic decryption. These tools can be used for computer, network, mobile, and cloud forensic. The BFSI vertical is subject to cybercrimes and digital frauds. The usage of sophisticated cyber-attacking tools and the inability of cybersecurity solutions to detect attacking elements result in huge financial losses for the BFSI vertical. Moreover, the vertical is continuously upgrading its processes and transactional technologies to optimize its operations. The advent of online and mobile banking are attracting cybercrimes. Mobile banking has also led to an increase in fraud incidents, wherein attackers have gained access to customer information and data.

Digital forensic solutions and services assist in lost data reconstruction, analysis, and evidence collection from digital devices. Highly regulated industries have to follow several compliances and regulations; this is pushing them to adopt the latest digital forensic solutions and services. Failure to deploy digital forensic solutions and services may result in a heavy financial loss for organizations. With increasing concerns of cyber-attacks, the demand for digital forensics solutions and services is expected to increase in the BFSI, government and defense, and healthcare industries.

Massive use of IoT devices is expected to increase the demand for Digital Forensics Market solutions and services

Widespread use of IoT devices is observed in several application areas, such as smart city projects, smart transportation, vehicular connectivity and autonomous vehicles, smart grids, and smart homes. According to Moore’s law, the computation power of processors increases with an increase in the number of transistors placed on the chip. The increasing computation power of the processors of IoT devices has created a connected world and simplified tasks that were difficult to conduct via traditional means. IoT devices are heavily targeted by cybercriminals. The Mirai Botnet attack in 2016 was a significant attack that triggered a large-scale layer 3 and layer 7 DDoS attack.

In the event of a cyber-attack, the in-house security team has to analyze every data storage location to recover traces of the lost data. The security team has to ensure the data traces can aid in the reconstruction of the entire data on IoT devices. However, the in-house security team may not always be capable of identification, analysis, preservation and storage, analysis, and presentation of data. Therefore, it is essential for enterprises and organizations to adopt the best-in-class digital forensic solutions and services that would assist in recovering the data lost in an unusual event.

Other opportunities in the digital forensics market include the increased in attacks on cryptocurrencies and high adoption of digital forensic solutions in highly regulated industry verticals such as government, BFSI, and healthcare.

Digital Forensics Market Dynamics

Digital Forensics Market

Table of Contents

1 Introduction (Page No. - 15)
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Market Scope
    1.4 Years Considered for the Study
    1.5 Currency
    1.6 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology (Page No. - 18)

    2.1 Research Data
           2.1.1 Secondary Data
           2.1.2 Primary Data
                    2.1.2.1 Breakdown of Primaries
                    2.1.2.2 Key Industry Insights
    2.2 Digital Forensics Market Size Estimation
    2.3 Research Assumptions
    2.4 Research Limitations

3 Executive Summary (Page No. - 25)

4 Premium Insights (Page No. - 29)
    4.1 Attractive Market Opportunities in the Digital Forensics Market
    4.2 Market Share of Top 3 Types and Regions, 2017
    4.3 Market By Service, 2017–2022
    4.4 Market By Professional Service, 2017
    4.5 Market By Type, 2017
    4.6 Market By Tool, 2017
    4.7 Market Investment Scenario
    4.8 Market Top 3 Verticals

5 Digital Forensics Market Overview (Page No. - 34)
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market Dynamics
           5.2.1 Drivers
                    5.2.1.1 Increasing Instances of Cyber-Attacks on Enterprise Devices
                    5.2.1.2 Massive Use of IoT Devices is Expected to Increase the Demand for Digital Forensic Solutions and Services
                    5.2.1.3 Stringent Regulations
           5.2.2 Restraints
                    5.2.2.1 Encryption to Be A Major Roadblock in Digital Forensics
           5.2.3 Opportunities
                    5.2.3.1 Higher Adoption of Digital Forensic Solutions in Highly Regulated Industry Verticals
                    5.2.3.2 Rise in the Use of Cryptocurrencies is Expected to Open New Avenues in the Digital Forensics Market
           5.2.4 Challenges
                    5.2.4.1 Lack of Digital Forensic Preplanning Among Enterprises and Inadequate Technical Expertise Among Digital Investigators
                    5.2.4.2 Difficulties in Digital Forensic Investigation on the Cloud Environment
    5.3 Regulatory Landscape
           5.3.1 Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
           5.3.2 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
           5.3.3 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
           5.3.4 Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX)
           5.3.5 Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA)
           5.3.6 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    5.4 Innovation Spotlight
    5.5 Types of Digital Data and Their Sources
    5.6 Best Practices in Digital Forensics

6 Digital Forensics Market, By Component (Page No. - 44)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Hardware
           6.2.1 Forensic Systems
           6.2.2 Forensic Devices
           6.2.3 Forensic Write Blockers
           6.2.4 Others
    6.3 Software
    6.4 Services
           6.4.1 Professional Services
                    6.4.1.1 Digital Investigation and Consulting
                    6.4.1.2 Incident Response
                    6.4.1.3 System Integration
                    6.4.1.4 Training and Education
                    6.4.1.5 Support and Maintenance
           6.4.2 Managed Services

7 Digital Forensics Market By Type (Page No. - 56)
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Computer Forensics
    7.3 Network Forensics
    7.4 Mobile Device Forensics
    7.5 Cloud Forensics

8 Digital Forensics Market, By Tool (Page No. - 62)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Forensic Data Analysis
    8.3 Data Acquisition and Preservation
    8.4 Data Recovery
    8.5 Review and Reporting
    8.6 Forensic Decryption
    8.7 Others

9 Digital Forensics Market, By Vertical (Page No. - 68)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Government and Defense
           9.2.1 Use Case: Heavy Reliance of the US Federal Government Agency on Digital Forensic Software Platform
    9.3 Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance
           9.3.1 Use Case: Adoption of Digital Forensic Solutions, By Financial Agencies in Germany
    9.4 Telecom and IT
           9.4.1 Use Case: Dependence of an Accounting and Business Services Company on Digital Forensics Solutions
    9.5 Retail
           9.5.1 Use Case: Heavy Reliance of A Retail Company on Digital Forensic and Cybersecurity Solutions
    9.6 Healthcare
           9.6.1 Use Case: Need for the Best-In-Class Cybersecurity Solutions to Protect the Healthcare Organization From Cyber-Attacks
    9.7 Others
           9.7.1 Use Case: Case of A Forensic Investigation in A Chemical Company

10 Digital Forensics Market, By Region (Page No. - 77)
     10.1 Introduction
     10.2 North America
     10.3 Europe
     10.4 Asia Pacific
     10.5 Middle East and Africa
     10.6 Latin America

11 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 96)
     11.1 Overview
     11.2 Digital Forensics Market Standing, By Key Player
     11.3 Competitive Situations and Trends
             11.3.1 New Product Launches/Product Enhancements
             11.3.2 Business Expansions
             11.3.3 Partnerships, Agreements, and Collaborations
             11.3.4 Mergers and Acquisitions

12 Company Profiles (Page No. - 101)
(Business Overview, Products and Services Offered, Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis, and MnM View)*
     12.1 Introduction
     12.2 Accessdata
     12.3 Cellebrite
     12.4 MSAB
     12.5 Opentext (Guidance Software)
     12.6 Oxygen Forensics
     12.7 ADF Solutions
     12.8 Coalfire
     12.9 Digital Detective Group
     12.10 Logrhythm
     12.11 Magnet Forensics
     12.12 Paraben

*Details on Business Overview, Products and Services Offered, Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis, and MnM View Might Not Be Captured in Case of Unlisted Companies.

13 Appendix (Page No. - 133)
     13.1 Discussion Guide
     13.2 Knowledge Store: Marketsandmarkets’ Subscription Portal
     13.3 Introducing RT: Real-Time Market Intelligence
     13.4 Available Customizations
     13.5 Related Reports
     13.6 Author Details


List of Tables (72 Tables)

Table 1 United States Dollar Exchange Rate, 2014–2016
Table 2 Digital Forensics Market Size and Growth Rate, 2015–2022 (USD Million, Y-O-Y %)
Table 3 Top 10 Financial Trojans
Table 4 Innovation Spotlight: Latest Digital Forensic Solutions
Table 5 Digital Forensics Market Size, By Component, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 6 Hardware: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 7 Software: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 8 Services: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 9 Services: Digital Forensics Market Size By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 10 Professional Services: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 11 Professional Services: Market Size By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 12 Digital Investigation and Consulting Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 13 Incident Response Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 14 System Integration Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 15 Training and Education Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 16 Support and Maintenance Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 17 Managed Services: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 18 Digital Forensics Market Size, By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 19 Computer Forensics: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 20 Network Forensics: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 21 Mobile Device Forensics: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 22 Cloud Forensics: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 23 Digital Forensics Market Size, By Tool, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 24 Forensic Data Analysis: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 25 Data Acquisition and Preservation: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 26 Data Recovery: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 27 Review and Reporting: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 28 Forensic Decryption: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 29 Others: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 30 Digital Forensics Market Size, By Vertical, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 31 Government and Defense: Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 32 Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance: Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 33 Telecom and IT: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 34 Retail: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 35 Healthcare: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 36 Others: Market Size By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 37 Digital Forensics Market Size, By Region, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 38 North America: Market Size By Component, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 39 North America: Market Size By Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 40 North America: Market Size By Professional Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 41 North America: Market Size By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 42 North America: Market Size By Tool, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 43 North America: Market Size By Vertical, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 44 Europe: Digital Forensics Market Size, By Component, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 45 Europe: Market Size By Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 46 Europe: Market Size By Professional Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 47 Europe: Market Size By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 48 Europe: Market Size By Tool, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 49 Europe: Market Size By Vertical, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 50 Asia Pacific: Digital Forensics Market Size, By Component, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 51 Asia Pacific: Market Size By Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 52 Asia Pacific: Market Size By Professional Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 53 Asia Pacific: Market Size By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 54 Asia Pacific: Market Size By Tool, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 55 Asia Pacific: Market Size By Vertical, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 56 Middle East and Africa: Digital Forensics Market Size, By Component, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 57 Middle East and Africa: Market Size By Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 58 Middle East and Africa: Market Size By Professional Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 59 Middle East and Africa: Market Size By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 60 Middle East and Africa: Market Size By Tool, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 61 Middle East and Africa: Market Size By Vertical, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 62 Latin America: Digital Forensics Market Size, By Component, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 63 Latin America: Market Size By Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 64 Latin America: Market Size By Professional Service, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 65 Latin America: Market Size By Type, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 66 Latin America: Market Size By Tool, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 67 Latin America: Market Size By Vertical, 2015–2022 (USD Million)
Table 68 Digital Forensics Market: Market Standing, 2017
Table 69 New Product Launches/Product Enhancements, 2017
Table 70 Business Expansions, 2015–2017
Table 71 Partnerships, Agreements, and Collaborations, 2016–2017
Table 72 Digital Forensics Market: Mergers and Acquisitions, 2015–2017


List of Figures (38 Figures)

Figure 1 Digital Forensics Market Segmentation
Figure 2 Market Research Design
Figure 3 Breakdown of Primary Interviews: By Company, Designation, and Region
Figure 4 Digital Forensics Market: Data Triangulation
Figure 5 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Bottom-Up Approach
Figure 6 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Top-Down Approach
Figure 7 Digital Forensics Market Assumptions
Figure 8 Digital Forensics Market Size By Component
Figure 9 North America is Estimated to Hold the Largest Market Share in 2017
Figure 10 Top 3 Revenue Segments of the Market
Figure 11 Increasing Numbers of Cyber-Attacks are Expected to Boost the Digital Forensics Market Growth
Figure 12 Computer Forensics Segment and North America are Estimated to Have the Largest Market Shares in 2017
Figure 13 Professional Services Segment is Expected to Have the Larger Market Share During the Forecast Period
Figure 14 Digital Investigation and Consulting Segment is Estimated to Have the Largest Market Share in 2017
Figure 15 Computer Forensics Segment is Expected to Have the Largest Market Share in 2017
Figure 16 Forensic Data Analysis Tool is Estimated to Have the Largest Market Share in 2017
Figure 17 Asia Pacific is Expected to Emerge as the Best Market for Investments in the Next 5 Years
Figure 18 Government and Defense Vertical is Estimated to Have the Largest Market Size in 2017
Figure 19 Digital Forensics Market: Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Challenges
Figure 20 Top 10 Attacking Techniques in 2017
Figure 21 Services Segment is Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 22 Managed Services Segment is Expected to Grow at A Higher CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 23 Training and Education Segment is Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 24 Cloud Forensics Segment is Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 25 Review and Reporting Tool is Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 26 Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance Vertical is Expected to Grow at the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 27 North America is Expected to Have the Largest Market Size During the Forecast Period
Figure 28 North America: Digital Forensics Market Snapshot
Figure 29 Asia Pacific: Digital Forensics Market Snapshot
Figure 30 Key Developments By Leading Players in the Digital Forensics Market, 2015–2017
Figure 31 Geographic Revenue Mix of Top Players
Figure 32 Accessdata: SWOT Analysis
Figure 33 Cellebrite: SWOT Analysis
Figure 34 MSAB: Company Snapshot
Figure 35 MSAB: SWOT Analysis
Figure 36 Opentext: Company Snapshot
Figure 37 Opentext: SWOT Analysis
Figure 38 Oxygen Forensics: SWOT Analysis

The digital forensics market size is expected to grow from USD 4.62 Billion in 2017 to USD 9.68 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.9%. The demand for digital forensics is likely to be driven by various factors, such as the increasing instances of cyber-attacks on enterprise devices, massive use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and stringent regulations.

The digital forensics market has been segmented on the basis of components (hardware, software, and services), types, tools, verticals, and regions. The services segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. It is also estimated to hold the largest market size in 2017 in the Digital Forensics Market. Digital forensic professional services have been widely adopted by organizations, as these services involve digital investigation and expert consulting, support and maintenance, incident response, system integration, and training and education. However, the managed services segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period, as managed security vendors provide extensive reporting capabilities for validating the regulatory compliance with internal security policies for users.

The computer forensics segment is estimated to hold the largest market size in 2017. Advancements in technologies have intensified the sophistication of attacks on digital devices, such as computers and laptops. Computer forensics deals with the identification, preservation, collection, analysis, and reporting on evidence found on such devices. The cloud forensics segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period.

The forensic data analysis tool is estimated to hold the largest market size in 2017. These tools take care of key aspects, such as identifying the relevance of potential evidence, prioritizing it, and determining whether further processing is needed. Additionally, the tool offers recording and retrieval capabilities, along with deep analysis capabilities through metadata, for better visibility of risks that data can be exposed to.  The review and reporting tool is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period.

Digital forensics hardware, software, and services have been deployed across various verticals, including government and defense, Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI); telecom and IT, retail, healthcare, and others (media and entertainment, manufacturing, and energy and utilities). The BFSI vertical is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. However, the government and defense vertical is estimated to have the largest market size in 2017.

The global digital forensics market has been segmented on the basis of regions, which include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Latin America, to provide a region-specific analysis in the report. The North American region, followed by Europe, is expected to become the largest revenue-generating region for digital forensics vendors in 2017. This can be attributed to the developed economies of the US and Canada, as there is a high focus in these regions on innovations obtained from R&D and security technologies. APAC is expected to be the fastest-growing region in the digital forensics market. The growth in this region is expected to be driven by the increasing adoption of advanced technologies that are leading to increasing instances of cyber-attacks on enterprises.

Digital Forensics Market

The adoption of digital forensics hardware, software, and services is expected to increase, owing to the increasing instances of cybercrimes and the need to adhere to various compliances put forth by the government for the protection of mission-critical organizational data. However, encryption is expected to be a major hindrance for enterprises to adopt the digital forensic components.

Major vendors offering hardware, software, and services in  the digital forensics market include AccessData (US), OpenText (Canada), MSAB (Sweden), Oxygen Forensics (US), Cellebrite (Israel), Paraben (US),  Coalfire (US), ADF Solutions (US), Digital Detective (US), Magnet Forensics (Canada), and LogRhythm (US). These players have adopted various strategies, such as new product developments, collaborations, partnerships, and acquisitions, to expand their presence in the global market.

The growth of digital forensics market is depending on the factors, such as increasing instances of cyber-attacks on enterprise devices, massive use of IoT devices, and stringent regulations are expected to drive the market growth.

Apart from established players in the industry, the new entrants in the Digital Forensics Market are introducing new digital forensics tools to lure customers across multiple applications

Digital Forensics Market

Forensic Data Analysis

The forensic data analysis tools take care of key aspects, such as identifying the relevance of potential evidence, prioritizing it, and determining whether further processing is needed. Additionally, this tool offers recording and retrieval capabilities, along with deep analysis capabilities through metadata, for better visibility of risks that the data can be exposed to. Forensics data analysis requires extensive forensic investigation knowledge and experience of the investigator to use these tools effectively. Moreover, this tool is useful in application areas, such as investigations, disputes, transaction advisory, contract risk, and due diligence. Furthermore, the data analytics tools and modeling techniques are used to prevent and detect fraud proactively. These tools utilize the knowledge found from the data analyzed and convert it into actionable insights.

Data Acquisition and Preservation

The most critical part of a forensic investigation is to securely acquire the evidence and preserve it without causing any damage to the integrity of the data. It is important to prevent the computer’s state from changing and proving that the original drive was not modified and the copy is undamaged. There are 2 methods by which data is acquired: hardware-based acquisition and software-based acquisition. In general, hardware-based acquisitions are more reliable and difficult for an attacker to corrupt, but currently, the software-based acquisition is far more popular, due to its cost-effectiveness and ease of availability. Moreover, the constant innovation in technologies tends to keep the data acquisition tools in fluidity to match the industry’s requirements.

Data Recovery

The term data recovery is frequently used for forensic recovery. Data recovery tools are used for recovering data from damaged media. These tools recover corrupted, formatted, repartitioned, and deleted data from storage media, such as internal or external hard disk drives, Solid-State Drives (SSD), USB flash drives, storage tapes, Compact Disc (CD), Digital Versatile Disc (DVD), and Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID). There are a large number of forensic data recovery solutions available in the market. However, these solutions differ in reasoning, approach, and price. A typical forensic data recovery tool may take hours to weeks to recover and costs between a few dollars to thousands per hard disk, depending on the number of hours involved, travel costs, and court appearance fees as an expert witness.

Review and Reporting.

The results of forensic-related investigations are often reviewed and presented in a detailed forensic report. These reports are often used for several purposes, including billing, affidavits, and as proof of what was found or not found. These reports are very important to a case, because the improper processing of the data or missing key evidence creates a big difference between winning and losing a case. A good forensic report typically contains several sections to help the reader understand not only what was found (or not found) by the investigator, but also details the steps performed to acquire and analyze the data. This process is commonly referred to as the “Chain of Custody,” and is very important in showing proper evidence handling. The report should also list all software and hardware used to process the data, including the versions of the software tools.

Forensic Decryption

The use of encryption technology has taken a surge in guarding sensitive or personal electronic data from breaches. Various hardware and software companies are embedding the encryption technology into their products to protect it from thefts. Due to this fact, forensic investigators are encountering stiff challenges in identifying digital evidence. Investigative options become more limited when the hard drive is fully encrypted, making it difficult for an investigator to access the stored data. Hence, without a decryption key, strong passwords cannot be cracked to identify the digital evidence. Various forensic decryption/password recovery solutions are available in market and commonly used by forensic agencies, law enforcement, military organizations, and private detectives. These solutions usually offer features, such as encrypted evidence discovery, encryption analysis, password recovery, and decryption.

Others

The other tools include file viewers, registry analysis tools, and email analysis tools. File viewer is an application software solution that helps present the data stored in a computer file in a structured format. Some file viewers are capable of reading multiple graphical file formats. Furthermore, emails have been the major carrier of malicious content and spam. The email analysis tool can analyze and retain saved emails for legal proceedings.

Key questions

  • Which are the substitute hardware/software/tools and how big is the threat from them?
  • Which are the top use cases where digital forensics can be implemented for revenue generation through new advancements such as artificial intelligence, IoT, and cloud computing?
  • What are the potential opportunities in the adjacent markets, such as cybersecurity market and data protection market?
  • What should be your go-to-market strategy to expand the reach into developing countries across APAC, MEA, and Latin America?

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