CyanLine Introduces Forensic Imager On a Thumb Drive

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CyanLine is now offering MiniDAS, a compact forensic imaging software, which collects metadata that can change the outcome of criminal investigations.

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Not every situation allows for backpacks full of costly equipment. We compressed an entire imaging system into a Forensic Live ISO that is usable via DVD or USB stick, and is free for law enforcement agents.

CyanLine, a leader in computer forensics and network security solutions, has introduced MiniDAS, a portable, installable, live forensic analysis environment that provides the most comprehensive collection of forensic data possible. Inspired by CyanLine’s FDAS (Fast-Disk Acquisition System), MiniDAS allows investigators to not only collect a disk image – but also its critical metadata: total number of hours the disk has been in use, power cycle count, and errors on the drive.

“We compressed an entire imaging system into a Forensic Live ISO that is usable via DVD or USB stick, and is free for law enforcement agents,” explained Steven Branigan, CyanLine CEO and FDAS inventor. “Not every situation allows for backpacks full of costly equipment – so we were asked to provide a slimmed-down tool.” MiniDAS’ interface guides users through the acquisition process. With the brains of FDAS and based on Kali Linux, this operating system provides an easy acquisition process and suite of digital, network, RAM, and password forensic tools.

The original FDAS is a turn-key system with network capability that captures an image on a RAID array for fastest possible acquisition. FDAS pioneered forensic metadata capture. That feature is also an integral part of MiniDAS. “Most investigators and attorneys don’t even know that the metadata exists, or that it can change the outcome of an investigation,” explained Branigan.

“Investigators can use MiniDAS to find information about the disk drive itself, including the number of hours it’s been in use and how many times a device was turned on. For example, if an investigator searches a three-year-old computer, but sees in the metadata that it was only in use for 20 hours, they can infer that the suspect’s disk offered incorrect evidence,” Branigan stated. “CyanLine is on a mission to make these agencies aware that this data exists since it can be the difference in whether a criminal walks away unscathed or pays for their crimes.”

MiniDAS can be downloaded directly from for $50 and is complimentary for law enforcement personnel. “We want to make sure local, domestic and international law enforcement agencies that are facing budget crises have access to this entirely new computer forensic data-collecting software.” Companies in the metro-New York and Philadelphia areas that are interested in CyanLine’s FDAS can test-drive that unit for 7 days for free, as well.

About Cyanline
Based in New Jersey, CyanLine specializes in computer forensics and network security solutions to help individuals, companies, law firms, and law enforcement agencies on both a domestic and international level. Serving both victims of high-tech cyber incidents, providing services in both a professional and confidential manner that is client-focused and results-driven. Designed with state-of-the-art technology, CyanLine’s products work to deliver quality, reliable results.

Forensic scientist and licensed private investigator, Steven Branigan, CEO, has made it his mission to create forensically sound products to advance the investigative industry. Renowned speaker and instructor, Branigan is an active member in the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), Federal Bureau Investigation’s Infragard, New Jersey License Private Investigators Association, and on the Digital Forensics Certification Board. Branigan is the author of High Tech Crimes Revealed and recently published an article in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Branigan has received awards from the U.S. Secret Service and New Jersey State Police. More information can be found at

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