To recap the previous three posts in this series, we’ve learned that (1) BlackBox is a forensically sound remote data collection software tool (See Part 1: What is BlackBox?), (2) BlackBox collections are securely configured by the legal team and then triggered by the data custodian on-site (See Part 2: How Does BlackBox Work?), and (3) you can trust that BlackBox is completing a defensible collection because it’s tamper-resistant technologies relies on hashing algorithms, audit logs and encryption (See Part 3: Is Remote Collection Defensible?). Now, let’s talk about how and why BlackBox is different (and better) than the other tools in this space.

BlackBox Is Thoughtful
BlackBox caters to the needs of every user likely to be involved in a data collection scenario, making the process user-friendly for all.

  • Legal Teams. BlackBox gives the attorneys control over what is collected. The attorneys also get the peace of mind that comes with knowing the data custodian onsite cannot alter the collection.
  • Digital Forensics/Electronic Discovery Vendors Technicians are spared traveling to remote (read, scary) places. Industry standard safeguards in place assure that the collection is defensible and verifiable. Technicians can stay productive completing analysis in the lab rather than traveling to then waiting around onsite for a collection to run.
  • Data Custodians. BlackBox makes their role painless. Data custodians simply plug BlackBox into their machine and hit Start. Once the collection is finished a Chain of Custody pre-filled with the collection specifics is generated. Custodians simply click the “Print Chain of Custody” button and sign it. Then they’re done.

BlackBox is not dependent on hardware
BlackBox software can be loaded onto any NTFS-formatted hard drive or storage device (such as a thumb drive). Since you can use BlackBox with basically any storage device, BlackBox is infinitely scalable to meet your data collection needs. Having the hardware required for a large scale collection at a moments notice is no longer a concern.

Pricing is clear and upfront with BlackBox
There is no guessing what you’ll pay for a collection using BlackBox. BlackBox lists the cost of $249 per collection clearly on their website for all to see. The price remains the same regardless of the size of the hard drive being collected, whether it’s 250GB or 1TB. There are no minimum purchase requirements, buy only the number of licenses you need, as you need them.

BlackBox is a true global data collection solution
BlackBox allows hard drives to be remotely licensed thus eliminating the delays and costs associated with initially shipping remote collection devices to the custodian.

“BlackBox provided a trouble-free process for me to get forensic images out of a third world country from the comfort of my office. I would not have been able to get these images without BlackBox.”
–Jerry Hatchett, aka ChopOMatic, Certified Computer Examiner, Red Forensic

Depending upon the needs of your case, a BlackBox hard drive can alternatively be licensed and configured by the legal team at their location then shipped out to the data custodians.

Conclusion
BlackBox was designed to address the unique concerns and needs of each user during the data collection process, whether an attorney, technician, or data custodian. All the features of BlackBox add up to equal a data collection product that is greater than the sum of it’s parts.