Technology Pathways develops, markets, and supports ProDiscover computer forensic software for the Corporate IT, Government, and Legal markets. The ProDiscover family of forensic software addresses applications including criminal and civil investigations, corporate internal investigations, incident response, and electronic discovery. Over the past three years, it has emerged as one of the leaders in this rapidly growing market.
Founded in September, 2001, Technology Pathways released the first version of ProDiscover computer forensic software in 2002. One of the first key differentiators was the ability to dynamically search the Hardware Protected Area (HPA) of a hard disk drive. This patent pending capability allows investigators to see the contents of the HPA in a file view as well as a cluster (raw data) view.
The first phase in marketing ProDiscover was to gain market acceptance and early adoption. Since a prerequisite for the purchase of forensic software is its acceptability in court, the company worked with industry experts to test and report on the product (required for court acceptance), then with early adopters to utilize ProDiscover in cases that were adjudicated in court.
In early 2002, the management team recognized the importance of an emerging new capability in the market, called remote forensics, which would revolutionize the way that forensics is utilized and open up new and broader applications for the product. In late 2002, Technology Pathways added this remote forensics capability in Release 2 of ProDiscover. To date, ProDiscover is one of only two computer forensics tools to provide this remote capability.
By mid 2003, ProDiscover had been successfully utilized in both civil and criminal court cases and the remote forensic capability had become a major differentiator for ProDiscover. The company then began executing on its second phase of marketing, making a significant investment in generating awareness of ProDiscover. This effort has resulted in a 400% increase in sales through the first half of 2004, and helped establish ProDiscover as one of the leading computer forensics software solutions.
During 2004, the company continued to enhance ProDiscover, adding two unique and patent pending features to assist incident response investigations find the latest Trojans and rootkits that cloak themselves within a system. These features use a behavioral based technology to locate these Trojans and rootkits quickly. Other significant additional features and function added in 2004 include UNIX support and Linux support, registry and thumbnail graphics viewers and the ability to extract ExIF metadata from JPEG and TIFF files.
Technology Pathways has chosen to not use libraries provided by other companies, but instead, develops all their own code. This allows us to provide exceptional support and testify in court (if necessary) as to the exact function of the software. Our streamline product architecture allows us to quickly add enhancements to the product.
President & CEO: Steve Richardson has over 25 years of marketing and management experience in computer technology companies, including Hewlett Packard, Compression Labs, Overland Storage, and etNetworks. He holds a BA in electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Richardson has expertise in assessing user needs, product strategy, product positioning, pricing, and promotion.
CTO: Chris Brown has over 20 years of experience computer security. Mr. Brown is the chief architect of the Technology Pathways ProDiscover family of security products. Prior to his position with Technology Pathways Mr. Brown has served as Chief Technology Officer and Director of GlobalApp, Inc., Chief Technology Officer for CompuVision, Inc., Vice President of Operations for StoragePoint, Inc. Mr. Brown teaches network security and computer forensics at the University of California at San Diego and has written numerous books on Windows NT, the Internet and forensics. Mr. Brown’s most recent book “Computer Evidence: Collection and Preservation is published by Charles River Media. Mr. Brown retired from a career with the U.S. Navy where he managed a team of 80 technicians working in the area of Information Warfare and Network Operations. He holds numerous career certifications from UCSD, (ISC)2, Microsoft, CISCO, CompTIA and CITRIX.
Vice-President Sales: Ted Augustine has over 25 years experience as a top sales executive and general manager in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Augustine has industry experience holding positions in global sales, product launch and marketing for companies such as AT&T Information Systems, Vtel and Compression Labs, Inc. Mr. Augustine holds a BS in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and studies at MIT, and Wharton School of Business. Mr. Augustine has extensive expertise in sales and business development.