The Computer Forensic Lab
Cyanre (Pty) Ltd, Cyanre the Computer Forensic Lab was established in 2002 to provide state-of-the-art cyber forensic services to clients who require innovative and cost effective solutions. With the expansion of our services the structure of the company had to change and Cyanre – The Computer Forensic Lab was formed in 2006.
We follow forensically correct methodologies, by making use of internationally accepted software and operating procedures. This software and procedures are also what the major law enforcement agencies across the globe conforms to. These agencies include the FBI, Scotland Yard, US Secret Service as well as South Africa’s own South African Police Service. By making use of this sophisticated software and judicially tested procedures, Cyanre is able to place the integrity of all evidence collected, data disseminated and facts placed in front of a judicial body, beyond question.
Cyanre Computer Forensics
The Cyanre Digitial Forensic Staff are all highly skilled and have various qualifications relative to our field. They consistently receive ongoing training both in-house, and by Internationally Accredited Organisations.
Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and certifications include:
BSc Honours degree in Computer Science; Post Graduate Degree in Computer Forensics; National Diploma: Financial Information Systems; PGDipMan Information Systems; Applied Hacking; Counter Hacking; Ethical Hacking; Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE) accreditation; GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE) ; A+; N+; INET+; SANS course: FOR408: Computer Forensic Investigations – Windows In-Depth; MS Windows 2000 Professional; MS Windows 2000 Server; Administering Windows NT Linux LPI 101; Electronic Engineering Phase I – Basic Electronics Certificate ; Security+; CCNA 1-4; CEH; CISP.
Our employees have received training from internationally accredited institutions including inter alia: Ernst and Young in Counter Hacking, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the French Police in Cyber Crime Analysis, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the South African Police Service in Cyber Crime Investigation and Detective Skills, and Cellebrite in Mobile Forensics.
To date personnel of Cyanre has faced five third party experts and have never lost a case in court. Cyanre personnel have testified in 5 High Court Cases, various Regional and Magistrate courts and countless departmental hearings. Cyanre’s staff experience includes conducting successful investigations in co-operation with international law enforcement bodies in countries such as Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mauritius, and Zimbabwe.
Infrastructure & Capacity
Cyanre is used regularly by institutions such as the Special Investigation Unit, SA Police Service (including the Hawks), Auditor General and major Law Firms. Cyanre maintains cutting edge software and hardware and is equipped to investigate any type of computer, operating system, or application/ program. Each person in Cyanre specializes in a different area, ensuring that Cyanre can investigate any type of electronic transgression.
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Danny founded Cyanre in 2002 with the aim of establishing the company as a recognized and respected role player in the IT forensic market. Danny was responsible for establishing the National Computer Crime Investigation Unit for the South African Police Services (SAPS), and was appointed as commander, which position he held until his resignation. He is a qualified ENCE and SCERS and was trained in computer crime, Internet and hacking investigations by the FBI and the French Police. He also received training in counter hacking measures by Ernst & Young as well as obtaining an International N+ certificate and training in the use of Analyst Notebook for data analysis. During 2004, Danny attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC) in the USA and obtained his qualification as a Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS). Danny is also qualified as an Encase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and has attended the Access Data Forensic Toolkit (FTK) Bootcamp training course.
The director in charge of Cyanre’s computer forensic investigations was the manager of one of the larger competitors in the market, prior to joining Cyanre and was the expert who testified on the first case under the new ECT Act. He is a qualified ACE and received training in computer crime, internet and hacking investigations by the SAPS, CSFS as well as Cyanre and the Access Data FTK Bootcamp. He is one of approximately 6 experts in SA who is internationally qualified as an ACE (AccessData Certified Examiner). Due to the fact that cyber forensics is a relatively new science, Bennie dedicates considerable time to research and studying of international standards and investigation methodology used by Forensic Companies and Law Enforcement Agencies around the world. Prior to this, Bennie was in the service of the South African Police Services for 7 years and was trained by SAPS in computer forensic investigations. Bennie is a founding member of the computer forensic investigation capacity of the APS.
As successful members of the community, we have a responsibility to help those that are less fortunate and contribute to the common good. At Cyanre, we feel so strongly about philanthropy and strengthening our bond with our fellow South Africans, that it’s been a longstanding practice of ours to donate to charitable organizations. To the left, you will find smiling faces of children at Katjiepiering and Boikanyong schools that recently benefitted from our donations.
Join Us in Giving Back
Investing in your community is a great way to give back to those who are less fortunate. Our volunteer groups and non-profit partner organizations do so much to help the communities that all of us are a part of, but we can’t do it alone. Help us in helping the rest of our community.
Cyanre receives the 2013 Matla a Bana 2013 Child Protection Award.
Cyanre receives the 2014 Matla a Bana 2014 Child Protection Award.
Cyanre Mural Painting
Matla A Bana is a charity that assists rape victims in many different ways. One of those is to assist the SAPS to make the interview rooms for victims less intimidating and more child friendly. On 1 December 2014, a group of Cyanreans painted murals at the new premises of the Pretoria Central Police Station. Click here to view our artwork: Cyanre Mural Painting.
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