Australian defense develops forensics tool

Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

SYDNEY, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Australian defense researchers have developed an open source forensics tool for mining data.

The "Pronghorn" program was created by researchers in Australia's Defense Signals Directorate to mine target data stored within other file formats.

"The key strength of the Pronghorn framework is resilience to external and internal process failure," the DSD software developers told SC magazine on condition of anonymity.

"Pronghorn ties together multiple libraries in order to perform analytical tasks but is exceptionally resilient to external library failure and incorporates mechanisms that allow the user to identify which libraries are more trusted."

As Australia is experiencing an increasing number of attempts to infiltrate networks in the public and private sectors, DSD actively participates in the open source community. This collaboration is of mutual benefit for the open source community and DSD.

DSD encourages an environment conducive to innovation by fully supporting projects that contribute to and benefit the open source community," SC magazine reported.

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