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No Matter the Resources, Agency IGs are Drowning in Data

Whether tasked with the resources of the Department of Defense or guarding the safety of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, agency investigators have a big problem: Data. 

Speaking at the Nuix Government Thought Leadership Summit on March 7, investigators from DoD and the departments of Transportation and Energy talked about the challenges their offices face in parsing through an increasingly massive collection of data generated by the agencies to solve their cases. 

Keith Craig, DoD’s section chief for computer forensic investigations, noted a 2014 investigation where his team had to sift through 31 terabytes of data to find evidence that an employee had brought agency materials home with him and stored it on personal computers. 

“The interview started off with a laptop and a thumb drive,” he said. “Then suddenly [he] remembered more data and then turned over a little bit more. I think we went through five rounds of that. 

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