A group of technology and security companies led by PC maker Dell has launched a digital forensics service to help law-enforcement agencies convict more cybercriminals.
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The group includes EMC, Intel, Oracle, Symantec and AccessData.
The service is aimed at helping police reduce backlogs of up to two years by enabling multiple analysts to work simultaneously on the same data, according to Reuters.
Dell said the US digital forensics market will be worth $630m in 2009, up from $252m in 2004, and the world market will be worth $1.8bn by 2011, according to research firm IDC.
The service is likely to boost Dell's income from the public sector, which accounted for about a quarter of its total revenues in 2008.
Dell will demonstrate the digital forensics service to Britain's Association of Chief Police Officers this week.