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Global launch of the Laboratory Box Large with USB3.0 (LB4-USB)

19.04.23

As a trusted provider of faraday bag solutions into the digital forensics marketplace, Disklabs are pleased to announce the global launch of its latest RF shielded faraday solution, the Laboratory Box Large with USB3.0 (LB4-USB) .

As we all know, mobile phones have become a significant source of evidential data within criminal investigations. Digital forensic analysts are continually finding they must operate primary forensic tools for longer periods of time as device capacity increases. Whether you are trying to brute force a mobile phone or extracting data, we believe that introducing a RF Filtered USB3.0 throughput into our LB4 Laboratory Box could only help.

The LB4-USB RF shielded faraday enclosure has a number of benefits over the current incumbents in the marketplace which include:

  • A significantly larger RF shielded enclosure that can accommodate multiple phones, tablets or a laptop.
  • A large viewable area, enabling process review and verification.
  • A pair of tailored faraday gloves, designed to facilitate ease of equipment operation.
  • A fast USB3.0 RF shielded port with two-way data and power transfer.
  • A light and stable structure, making it easy to use.
  • A portable faraday unit that is quick to assemble or pack away.
  • A truly affordable alternative at a 1/4 of the cost of metal enclosures.

We believe that having a larger desktop RF shielded enclosure with 3.0 USB throughput is a credible and affordable alternative to current market solutions.

As a company that holds ISO/IEC 17025:2017, Disklabs understand the need to protect digital devices from remote data attack during prolonged forensic investigations. That’s why Disklabs developed the LB4-USB in the belief that it would be of real value to police digital forensic units and commercial forensic providers looking to implement a compliant solution that meets ISO17025 needs within an accredited forensic laboratory environment.

Early adopters that include, UK, EU and Far East government and law enforcement agencies have said “the LB4-USB is an easy to use, practical alternative to the heavy metal boxes while operating forensic tools.”

If you would like to see our data sheet on the LB4-USB then email us at faraday@disklabs.com

Disklabs faraday bags see 40% growth year on year in 2023.

21.09.23

“Disklabs Faraday Bags: Safeguarding Digital Data in an Age of Privacy Concerns”

In an era where data privacy and cybersecurity have taken center stage in the digital world, Disklabs Ltd, a pioneering force in digital forensic services, continues to provide cutting-edge solutions to protect sensitive information. Among their arsenal of tools, Disklabs Faraday Bags have emerged as a vital component in safeguarding digital data against emerging threats, making headlines amid increasing concerns about privacy breaches and electronic eavesdropping.

A Shield Against Emerging Threats

Disklabs Faraday Bags are specialized pouches designed to block all incoming and outgoing signals to electronic devices placed inside them. These bags are constructed using advanced materials that create a Faraday cage, a shield against electromagnetic radiation. This means that when a device is placed inside a Disklabs Faraday Bag, it is effectively isolated from the outside world, preventing unauthorized access, data theft, and tampering.

A Response to a Growing Need

The emergence of Disklabs Faraday Bags in the spotlight coincides with a surge in privacy concerns and cybersecurity threats. With the rapid digitalization of our lives, the amount of personal and sensitive data stored on electronic devices has grown exponentially. From smartphones and tablets to key fobs and laptops, these devices are treasure troves of information that cybercriminals are keen to exploit.

Recent high-profile data breaches and the proliferation of electronic surveillance techniques have heightened these concerns. Individuals, corporations, and government agencies alike are searching for ways to protect their digital assets and sensitive information.

Versatility and Applications

Disklabs Faraday Bags come in various sizes and formats, catering to a wide range of electronic devices. This versatility makes them indispensable for a multitude of industries and applications:

  1. Law Enforcement and Legal: Law enforcement agencies rely on Faraday Bags to secure electronic evidence during investigations, ensuring its integrity and admissibility in court. Legal professionals also use them to protect attorney-client privileged information.
  2. Corporate Security: Companies use Faraday Bags to safeguard proprietary information and sensitive data stored on employees’ devices, especially when traveling or working remotely.
  3. Personal Privacy: In an age where personal privacy is increasingly under threat, individuals use Faraday Bags to protect their smartphones, wallets, and car key fobs from potential digital theft and tracking.
  4. Government and Defense: Government agencies and military organizations utilize Faraday Bags to protect classified and sensitive data from electronic espionage.

Addressing Emerging Threats

Disklabs Faraday Bags have proven their worth in mitigating emerging threats such as electronic eavesdropping and RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) skimming. RFID skimming involves the unauthorized scanning of RFID-enabled cards (e.g., credit cards and passports) to steal sensitive data. By placing such cards inside a Faraday Bag, individuals can ensure their protection from this type of theft.

Looking Ahead

As the world becomes more interconnected, the need for innovative solutions like Disklabs Faraday Bags will only continue to grow. The news of their effectiveness in safeguarding digital data serves as a reminder of the ongoing battle for privacy and cybersecurity in an increasingly digital age.

Disklabs Ltd’s commitment to staying at the forefront of digital security technology ensures that their Faraday Bags will remain a critical tool in the fight against emerging threats. In an era where data is often considered the new gold, these bags offer a valuable layer of defense against those who seek to exploit it.

In conclusion, the emergence of Disklabs Faraday Bags into the limelight reflects the pressing need for advanced privacy and security measures in today’s digital landscape. With cybersecurity threats on the rise and privacy breaches making headlines, these innovative solutions play a pivotal role in safeguarding digital data and ensuring the protection of sensitive information in an increasingly interconnected world.

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What is a Faraday Bag?

05.09.18

With the advent of technology wireless being used for your home internet, your car key and even the door to your house, we are more “remotely” connected than ever before.

Although usually a testament of scientific knowledge as with most things, there is always a risk and in the case of the modern day, it is from remote hacking, RFID card cloning and other technological cybersecurity risks.

Faraday Bags, named after the inventor of the Faraday cage block RF signals from both being sent and received to an electronic device such as a mobile phone, car key or laptop. A leading supplier is FaradayBag.com and they come in a range of sizes to shield different devices and can stop a cyber-attacks to your important digital device.

How does a Faraday Bag work?

Devices like smartphones connect to phone networks via wireless signals but also have other wireless connection capabilities as Bluetooth or wireless Wi-Fi networks such as the 802.11b/g/n standard. Even with the standard security features on a smart device, they can still be susceptible to being an attack from an outside source to alter, delete or even add evidence to the phone or another device.

Faraday Bags much like the Faraday cage is an enclosed, sealed unit which prevents signals from being sent and received thanks to the material the bag is made from. This is important in cases of seized devices where the data contained in it is used as evidence in court as the faraday bag will ensure this has not been tampered with.

What are Faraday Bags made of?

Faraday bags can be made up of a wide range of materials but the most common are multiple layers of various metallic layers. For example, you can find copper, aluminium and static dissipative polyethene.

A sleeve is thought to be the most practical solution but many of the materials that the team tested at Fardaybag.com tested offered inconsistent performance in shielding across a range of wireless frequencies. This is where the FaradayBag from Disklabs was born to offer consistent shielding performance across all frequencies in a reusable bag.

Unlike other bags that are on the market, a Disklabs Faraday Bag has a high specification of material combined with special threads during the manufacturing and sewing process to protect it from degrading the performance

What are Faraday Bags used for?

As mentioned previously, one of the main uses for Faraday Bags is protecting the integrity of information usually by law enforcement and government agencies.

This, however, is not the only uses with one more prominent applications being for car owners to protect themselves from the remote relay theft. Common with cars that use a keyless entry system, a small Faraday bag like the Car KeyShield can shield your keys to stop criminals trying to copy your key or use it to open your vehicle.

Other common uses can be from people known as “Preppers” that store devices in Faraday bags to protect themselves from hackers and unauthorised access but also from electromagnetic pulses from a man-made device or astrological event that can damage electronic equipment.

With our reliance on wireless technology growing and workplaces and homes relying on remote connectivity, it is becoming more important to protect devices that are seemingly always connected or looking for connections. Protect your smart devices from unknown remote attacks and look at our range of Faraday Bags to choose the right bag for your device.

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5 Security Tips When Shipping Servers & Sensitive Equipment Internationally

02.11.18

Disklabs ship and install sensitive equipment in digital forensic laboratories in many countries overseas and below we have detailed a few tips of the trade on how to get IT systems reliably and securely shipped around the world.

1. Back up your data prior to shipment.

This may seem obvious but the first step when considering the move of a large IT hardware system is to secure backups of all of the data. There are a number of ways this can be achieved including the build of a duplicate system or online backup in the cloud.

Cloud storage services are relatively inexpensive and hassle-free way of backing up critical data.

2. Anti-Hacking, Anti- Static and EMP protection

Placing the equipment in a reusable faraday bag enclosure such as the Disklabs RS4U  prior to shipping will ensure that these expensive systems have the best protection from hacking and EMP risks.

Manufactured in the UK the RS4U is designed to prevent the protentional of remote access to critical data and increased level of protection from EMP and RF radiation risks that may damage sensitive circuits. The RS4U also comes with a water and abrasion resistant inner liner offer a further level of environmental protection.

3. Use an experienced shipper who is familiar with IT systems

The internet is full of companies who offer special shipping services and the likely hood is that there will be one in your locality. They will understand the packing requirements for international shipping.

Your shipper should be able to send you an outline specification of the packaging solution they propose to use and this should include foam cushioning and a hermetically sealed custom case. the shipping specification will typically include an anti-static wrap for any sensitive electronic equipment however the level of protection this offers is usually undefined and may not be effective.

4. Keep track of your shipment

In-country commissioning teams waiting around for a shipment to be released can be a disruptive and expensive problem.

If there is a critical timeline ensure the shipper is responsible for delivering a door to door service. Large courier companies tracking systems are usually very reliable however on the odd occasion that a shipment goes astray or gets stuck in customs it can be difficult to establish clear timescales for the resolution of an issue when the ‘computer says no’.

A specialist who has contacts along the shipping route will be able to proactively ensure that any issues along the way are quickly understood and in the case of goods held in customs expedite paperwork and payments of duty to get shipments released for delivery.

5. Special Insurance cover.

Many larger companies will self-insure however for smaller companies a hiccup in shipping a  large value item could make a serious dent in the company’s profits and cash flow. Standard shipment insurance may not be enough to recover all costs in case of loss or damage. Specialist insurance cover will be available to ensure you recover 100% of the system cost and options may be available to recover other additional costs as a result of shipping delays.

At Disklabs data is our business. Our products and services help our clients both solve and prevent crime.

The UK’s ‘original Disklabs faraday bags’ are used to shield digital devices from the battlefield to the boardroom in over 80 countries.

Our Faraday Bags, guarantee the security of evidence, protect important files and safeguard key information during transit. Whether it’s on a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or key fob, we’re the UK’s number one provider of active RF shielding.

Our expert forensic team are passionate about speeding up the processes of evidence recovery whilst maintaining quality and accuracy. Operating from a state of the art facility Disklabs has over 20 years’ experience in data recovery, digital forensics and data erasure. We specialise in providing services to law enforcement, security agencies, and corporations, in the recovery of data and forensic investigations.

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Disklabs Collaborates With Top University To Design A New Product

22.11.18

Disklabs, the world’s leading manufacturer and pioneer of re-usable faraday bags who were the first to achieve police accreditation are pleased to announce the joining of forces with Coventry University.

Coventry University is at the forefront of Disklabs choices due to their state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, focus on applied research, approach to innovation and experience with working with industry.

As part of Disklabs drive to develop its creative process and meet client demands, students from Coventry University’s Product Design department were given two design briefs for specialist Faraday products, with successful designs joining Disklabs existing range.

Following months of collaboration, concept meetings and designs, final presentations have yielded a prototype that will now go into development within four weeks.

The latest innovation will feature a secure, tamper-proof locking system and will sit alongside Disklabs range of Faraday bags that block external static electrical fields and signals to protect computers and phones against external hacking, tracking and attacks.

To take a look at our full range of Faraday Bags and discover all the ways that Disklabs can help you protect your data.

If you need assistance or you want to discuss your requirements, please call +44 (0) 1827 50000 today or use our contact form.

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Buying Bespoke Faraday Bags – Finding the Perfect Fit

17.05.18

Can’t find the correct Faraday Bag or would like it in a different colour?

If you are unable to find exactly what you are looking for or have a project that requires customisation please do not hesitate to contact the development team at faraday@disklabs.com.

One of the benefits of Disklabs manufacturing in the UK is that we have the capability to develop rapid prototypes and special enclosures to meet urgent or special requirements.

The most economical solution will almost certainly be to use a standard product. Our in-house team or network of distributors are on hand to help you choose the right shielding solution from the standard product range.

It should be noted that special or bespoke projects will usually require moderate to large volumes ordered to be cost-effective.

Typical bespoke or special projects are:

  • Minor dimensional adjustments or design changes
  • Label changes to accommodate different languages or branding
  • Special packaging for retail display
  • Different colour options
  • Increased layers of shielding material.
  • Large area shielding enclosures for vehicles and rooms.

Give us a ring on +44 (0) 1827 55555 or mail us at farday@disklabs.com to find out more.

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What is a Faraday Wallet and Should I buy one?

31.01.18

Debit and credit cards are important in the modern world and we would never look to give out our financial information. With the rise of contactless payments though, credit and debit card theft is easier than ever before. Faraday wallets were designed to protect your information being stolen without your knowledge.

Before a would-be thief would have to employ tactics such as skimming numbers from credit card machines or cash machines involving a lot of work. Nowadays, however, the smarter criminal can take your details just by standing next to you.

The RFID chip inside your card that lets you make payments by swiping them on top of the machine for you convenience makes them easy targets to be scanned by someone else. What if your wallet is in your back pocket and someone walks up to you with a scanner? Theoretically, they could take sensitive information and allow them to use that information without your consent.

What is a RFID Faraday Wallet and how does it work?

RFID chips have been implemented into a wide variety of things from passports, a microchip for pets and your underground pass to get onto the train. They work by communicating via an RFID reader which uses radio waves to read the information on the chip which contains small electromagnetic fields.

Due to it working in proximity, there is nothing stopping someone from being just close by enough to read those little electromagnetic fields and it has happened before. This is where the RFID blocking Faraday wallet comes into play as the chips are quite easy to block with the correct material. If you encase your wallet to be a Faraday Cage, it will block the electromagnetic signals between a chip and reader.

Put simply, the Faraday cage for a wallet would be a mesh material with small wires of conductive material such as copper, nickel or silver. This would be the makings of the wallet creating the Faraday cage effect. As external electronic fields cause charges around the exterior of the mesh and distribute it, it cancels out the charge or radiation within the meshes interior.

This makes the Faraday wallet able to block external signals, stopping any attacker being able to scan your cards which contain the RFID chips. These are perfect for people who are security conscious, hold sensitive information in their wallet or work within security services, police or government.

You can find out where to buy your own RFID Faraday Wallet from our range of Faraday products.

The Disklabs Faraday Bag Story

16.02.18

Disklabs have been designing and manufacturing faraday bags for over 14 years but where did the original idea come from in relation to Digital Forensics?

In 1843 Michael Faraday performed a simple experiment with a pewter ice pail, which for the first time demonstrated the principles behind electrostatic and electromagnetic shielding. The same principles are still used today in a wide range of enclosures which isolate devices and sometimes whole buildings from RF.

Traditionally faraday cages utilise solid metal enclosures making them a cumbersome solution for many shielding applications. The introduction of metallised fabric made possible new types of Faraday enclosure.

With a background in hard drive repair and data recovery, in 2004, Disklabs became one of the first companies to develop the capability to forensically analyse mobile phones and computers. It quickly became apparent to the Disklabs team that a simple method of isolating these devices from wireless networks was essential to prevent data being wiped or over written. Moreover, it became clear that a cost-effective, field deployable solution that allowed the user to view screens and manipulate controls whilst in this safe environment would be required to facilitate a forensic examination.

A simple sleeve was thought to be the most practical solution however many of the materials that the Disklabs team tested exhibited inconsistent shielding performance across the range of wireless frequencies. The Disklabs team was looking for material that offered a consistent shielding performance at all frequencies and was robust enough to be used in the construction of a reusable Faraday bag.

After working with the manufacturers a suitable higher specification shielding material combined with a water resistant out cover was developed. The team still had solved the problem of maintaining the Faraday characteristics in the assembled product as the sewing process could degrade the shielding performance. Special threads, sewing technics and repeatable sealing method had to be developed to maintain the required properties once assembled into a bag or pouch.

After many manufacturing trials, a reliable process was developed and the Disklabs team then worked with DeMonfort University to develop test procedures which could be applied to confirm the performance of each new product.

The Disklabs Faraday bag where soon in great demand by Police and Forensic organisations who realised the advantages over hard case Faraday enclosures. Over the last 14 years, demand for bags to shield a multitude of digitals devices has resulted in the comprehensive range of faraday bags Disklabs offers today, helping to solve and prevent crime around the world.

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We are always on the look out for forward thinking companies and individuals to join our global network of distributors.

 

Our requirements from you:

  1. Be forward thinking in your approach to business.
  2. To be a supplier to either law enforcement, intelligence, military or government agencies.
  3. To purchase a distributor pack*
  4. Supply us with a high resolution logo and full contact details.

What we do for  you:

  1. You gain an exclusive sales territory for all our faraday products.
  2. You will receive an exclusive generous distributor discount on all products.
  3. You get advanced notice of any new products being devleloped.
  4. You receive high resolution images of all our products for your website.
  5. You receive constantly updated ebrochures, (which can be translated and appended with your own logo).
  6. You will be able to receive marketing assistance – if exhibiting, if it is viable, we can assist your team with additional staffing and sample products.
  7. You will be able to work directly with the development team to help in the development of new products.
  8. You will be listed on the dedicated www.faradaybag.com website, (top of all major search engines).
  9. All sales leads through to Disklabs will be sent to the appropriate global distribution partner.

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