The award winning Lima Digital Forensic Case Management system continues to develop and improve. The latest version (1.4) will be released during September 2013 and will be unveiled at the forthcoming HTCIA conference at the J W Marriott Conference Centre in Summerlin, Nevada on the 8th September 2013.
The new version has a number of practical new features built in which have resulted from extensive user consultations and requests from our growing community of Lima users. These include additional capabilities across a wide range of functions within the software. Key new features include:
New Management Dashboard – the software now includes a “Cases” and “Sales” Module dashboard view, enabling fast visualisation of key management information through filters and queries. This will allow users to see the key statistics and progress relating to caseload within your laboratory – for example meeting Service Levels and Cases at different stages of processing. The new dashboard functionality will also be incorporated into the optional Sales module enhancing the control over your sales pipeline and allowing easy generation of reporting against targets.
EnCase and FTK Integration – Lima now has the ability to capture key management information directly from files created within EnCase and FTK tools used to image evidential files. When recording data about your forensic imaging process, when using either EnCase or FTK, you simply attach the acquisition reports and Lima will automatically parse key data into the relevant fields of the system. For example SHA1 and MD5 hashes are populated directly into the relevant fields within Lima – this is designed to save time and remove the frustration of manually recording this information.
Outlook integration – Lima now ships with a small add on which enables integration with MS Outlook, allowing you to attach e-mails of relevance to a case or proposal directly into the relevant log for the matter. This is a huge time-saver, and allows you to quickly ensure you are capturing relevant e-mails directly into your system without the need to save to a file share, and then attach the e-mail manually to the case or proposal log.
Integrates Barcode Functionality – Lima has a fully integrated barcode generator built in to the Exhibit Processing area of the software. This enables you to create new bar codes (either 2-D or QR codes) directly at the point you are booking in an exhibit. You could also scan pre-existing bar-codes and have the ability to generate additional copies of bar-code labels to apply to evidence bags, files or other places that your process requires. This builds on the ability to capture bar-code information directly into relevant fields within the application using any off the shelf scanner supported by Windows.
Operational Planning – As well as the ability to book staff against future operations, Lima now incorporates the ability to book Assets (software and Hardware) against future operational requirements. These would then be unavailable for selection during the periods that they are out on operations. The operational planning scope that this gives to an organisation enables Lima to become even more central to the successful and efficient running of your digital forensic operations.
Chain of Custody Reporting – Lima now incorporates a simple reporting function for “Chain of Custody” records. A new selection in the Exhibit Processing area of Lima allows for a single click “Chain of Custody” report to be generated for either all exhibits or a selected exhibit in a case. All interactions with the exhibit will be included within the report. This function is in addition to the ability to use the search function, audit log and case reporting functions to provide fuller disclosure.
Revised Sales Process – the optional Lima Sales Module has been re-written. It now represents the sales process as a single pipeline of events with the ability to update the progress of a sales enquiry as one continuum. The sales workflow has consequently been simplified and is more capable than previously. Included within the Sales Module is the ability to create and allocate Sales Tasks – for example enabling an engagement manager to allocate tasks for logistics or pre-sales technical staff to undertake work on a proposal. You will also be able to attach notes and information gathered during the sales process directly into the Cases Log at the click of a button for relevant entries.
Managing Sales Prospects – Further than the improvements directly to the sales process, we have include the ability to record the probability of capturing a particular proposal through the incorporation of a “heat map” feature allowing you to estimate the chances of winning a particular case and enabling you to manage your prospects more accurately.
Get in touch with us for a Webex demonstration of the product or visit us at Booth 208 at the HTCIA conference in Summerlin in September 2013.