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Cyan Forensics and Susteen introduce rapid scanning of smartphones for child sexual exploitation and counter terror investigators


Cyan Forensics, the Edinburgh-based company that delivers technologies to help policing find child abuse and terrorist material extraordinarily fast, has partnered with Susteen, the California-based developer of mobile forensic tools.


The partnership brings together two leading capabilities to create a portable, easy to use rapid triage capability for smartphones. The alliance will bring Cyan Forensics’ scanning technology to Susteen’s Datapilot DP10 platform.



Founded in 2016, Cyan Forensics’ technology for scanning computers is already used by the Home Office Child Abuse Image Database system (CAID) and policing across the UK for offences relating to Child Sexual Abuse Material, and is deployed with counter terror policing in the UK and Europe.


Bringing Cyan Forensics’ rapid scanning technology to Susteen’s Datapilot DP10 will provide a vital new capability for front-line police officers and counter terrorism teams to be able to scan mobile phones quickly and accurately in the field.


People are moving increasingly to different devices for internet use, with over 3.2 billion smartphone users globally last year. Offending activity is moving the same way, and policing is experiencing a huge increase in the number of smartphones being examined for evidence.



With Europol reporting increases in online child sexual exploitation during COVID-19, it is more important than ever that police are able to quickly and effectively find the evidence they need to act, whether it is on computers, hard drives or mobile phones. 


‘It has always been our intention to make our rapid scanning capability available as widely as possible,’ said Ian Stevenson, CEO and co-founder at Cyan Forensics.


‘The ability to scan smartphones is vital, and in Susteen we have found a partner with complementary products and shared values.


‘We are both specialists in our fields and by bringing our individual expertise together, we can create a cutting-edge tool that rapidly scans smartphones in the field for illegal imagery.



‘I’m excited to get this capability into the hands of front-line users dealing with child abuse and terrorism investigations and help them in their work.”


‘Our top priority has always been and will continue to be to employed by law enforcement in protecting children from online exploitation,’ stated Steve Lin, President at Susteen.


‘This partnership with Cyan Forensics will give law enforcement the ability get rapid results while on-scene and also quickly identify illegal images, giving them the ability to make quick and actionable decisions without the traditional lengthy wait on a forensic lab.


‘Both companies focus on using cutting edge technology to make collecting evidence faster and easier. We are passionate about helping law enforcement to solve more crimes with technology.’


Product focus

  • Formed to fuse Susteen’s portable forensics device and mobile device connectivity with Cyan Forensics’ rapid scanning capability.

  • With Cyan Forensics’ software running on the Susteen Datapilot DP10, officers will be able to easily connect a smartphone and scan for child abuse or terrorist content

  • The solution is portable and easy to use – taking digital forensics to the front-line staff that need it

  • Susteen’s regular updates support new phones and software, ensuring the solution can connect to even the newest devices

  • A demonstration is available on request, and the product will be released before the end of 2020


For further information, please visit

Or get in touch with Graham Little, Head of Business Development at Cyan Forensics,

on or +44 7732 062 996

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