- Interview with Farid Emrani, President & CEO
Interview with Farid Emrani, President & CEO
Forensic Focus the web’s leading digital forensics portal for computer forensics and eDiscovery professionals,recently posted an interview with President & CEO of Logicube, Farid Emrani.
Q: Farid, you’re the President & CEO at Logicube. Tell us a bit about your role – what does a day in your life look like?
I view my role at Logicube as being a leader and a mentor, not a coach. I am fortunate to have succeeded in putting a management team together that consists of seasoned professionals in their respective fields who know the mechanics of their jobs well and are steady and experienced in running their departments. My role is to set the goals for my company, point out the priorities, and then give my team the tools and resources they need to carry out their tasks.
I put a very high premium on process, organization, and meeting commitments, therefore a typical day for me at the office invariably consists of measuring our success in meeting our Quality, Cost, and Delivery (QCD) targets. This means spending a lot of time in meetings, planning and strategizing, and communicating with partners, suppliers, and technology providers. I am a detail-oriented person so I look to my staff to provide me with the information that I need so that I can make the proper decisions and the corrective actions that will ultimately benefit my customers, the company’s shareholders, and our employees.
Q: We know that Logicube’s premier product, Forensic Falcon, has been very successful for you. What made this product different from previous versions?
When we introduced the Falcon, in 2013, it was the first forensic imager on the market to incorporate advanced features such as networking, parallel imaging and multi-tasking along with extremely fast imaging speeds and broad interface support in a single device. We had in-depth discussions with our customers in both the government and private sectors on what features were important to them and focused on designing a solution that could meet current needs and included functions that would be able to address future challenges. The success of Falcon exceeded our expectations and confirmed we were on the right track. Many government agencies and major consulting firms have standardized on the Falcon as their primary forensic imaging tool.
Q: In your opinion, what are some of the main challenges facing digital forensic investigators today, and how does Falcon-NEO help to address these?
The amount of potential digital evidence has grown exponentially and hard drive capacities are in the terabytes. Many investigators face an extreme case backlog, and are challenged to get evidence data processed quickly and in a forensically sound manner. Investigators are encountering BitLocked drives, have requirements to image from laptops and MACs without removing the hard drive.
The Falcon-NEO has been designed with features that streamline the digital evidence collection process. We’ve incorporated faster imaging speeds at up to 50GB/min, 10GbE network connectivity, logical imaging that allows you to only image the specific files you need, as well as a triage/file browser function to preview drives before the imaging task is begun. The Falcon-NEO also supports imaging from drives that have been encrypted using BitLocker and we can image from SurfacePro laptops and MacBooks, including MacBook Pro.
We engineered the Falcon-NEO to be “future-focused”. Technology evolves quickly; we need to keep pace with the specific challenges to digital forensic investigation that new technology brings. In addition to all of that, the product is designed to be quite sleek and modern looking, which is something that many of our customers expect from us.
Q: Is there a typical user of Forensic Falcon?
Our customers work in law enforcement, military, government, including homeland security, as well as corporate security and e-discovery in locations around the world. The field of digital forensics has grown tremendously in the last few years. Our users encompass those new to the field and the more experienced investigators.
Q: What do you think will be the “next big thing” in digital forensics?
Of course we don’t have a crystal ball, but certainly cloud storage and live network acquisitions are areas that our customers have mentioned as something they believe they will need to address sooner than later. We are the “front-end” of the digital investigation – we focus on how to provide our customers the most efficient and most secure method of capturing evidence data. We need to ensure that our solutions are poised to meet whatever “next big thing” comes along as quickly as possible.
Q: Relatedly, what is the plan for ongoing development & future technology improvements for Forensic Falcon? What can we expect to see over the next couple of years?
Our next-generation product, Falcon-NEO, was designed specifically to take advantage of future technology improvements. We’ve incorporated 3 I/O card ports to ensure that we can quickly offer our users the ability to capture from and to new hard drive technologies as they hit the market. We expect to release an I/O card for USB 3.1 Gen 3/USB-C/Thunderbolt later this year, and we’ll continue to look at emerging technologies as the apply to our products to ensure that digital forensic investigators have the tool they need to address them. We continually solicit feedback from our users on what improvements and new features they would like to see. That feedback is the backbone of our development process.
Q: Where can people find out more about Forensic Falcon-NEO?
Our website is a good source of information about all of our digital forensic solutions, including the Falcon-NEO. We sell our products direct to end users in the USA and Canada and through a network of international resellers outside the USA, a complete list of our partners is available on our website. Our sales team is always happy to engage with customers to discuss our products and we pride ourselves on the customer service we provide – our technical support team goes above and beyond!
We will be exhibiting our complete line-up of digital forensic products at the upcoming Enfuse Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 21st and the Techno Security Conference, June 4th -6th in Myrtle Beach, SC. We look forward to meeting our customers at those events!
Q: Finally, when you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
For me family life is extremely important and I am quite attached to my children. Therefore I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my family. I am also an avid reader and it would not be a surprise to find me reading as many as four books at the same time. And finally, I am a devoted fan of European soccer leagues and spend a good part of my weekends watching soccer games, or football as it is known in Europe.