Clayton D. Schilling, President & CEO
After decades, watching the exponential business growth and the lack of evolving solutions and services offered; Precision Digital Forensics, Inc. (PDFI) founder, Clayton D. Schilling decided to build an agile company that could flex with industry changes, grow as needed to meet demand, and provide innovative solutions and services to help its customers. “The key is being able to take off the blinders and think outside the box,” says Schilling. According to research, the digital forensics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.9 percent through 2022; PDFI is strategically poised to address this growth and help its customers navigate its challenges.
Founded in December 2016, PDFI is a service-disabled-veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), specifically established to help organizations manage today’s ever-growing challenges associated with accrediting a forensics program, managing the tidal wave of electronic evidence, and collecting and processing digital evidence and electronic data for investigations, litigations, eDiscovery, and cyberspace projects. For a customer to make informed decisions about digital forensic services they must have confidence in the work product generated; it is this confidence that the PDFI team offers its clientele. “Our extensive operational experience and technical knowledge, skills, and abilities, result in the identification and preservation of defensible digital evidence, high-quality deliverables, and internationally accredited forensic facilities and organizations,” says Schilling, a digital forensics and ISO accreditation expert who is the president and CEO of Precision Digital Forensics.
Increasing incidents of cybercrime, technological advancements, and the proliferation of data only serve to worsen production backlogs, restrict access to critical evidence/data, and further burden an already overwhelmed evidence management and production system.
At PDFI, we strongly believe technological advances and improved examination methodologies are needed to keep pace with today's fast-evolving digital landscape
PDFI has developed a comprehensive solution that will not only improve evidence management capabilities, but also enhances examination methodologies, decreasing backlogs, and improving production turnaround times. Their innovative outside-the-box thinking and years of experience in managing and examining digital evidence has allowed them to create a solution that leverages today’s technological advancements in electronic data storage and evidence collection and processing while maintaining 100 percent accountability, evidence integrity, and court admissibility. “At PDFI, we strongly believe technological advances and improved examination methodologies are needed to keep pace with today’s fast-evolving digital landscape,” says Schilling.
PDFI also provides expert consultative services to any forensics discipline looking to navigate the challenges of accrediting to ISO/IEC 17020 or ISO/IEC 17025. The services cover the entire spectrum of the accreditation preparation process from the initial gap analysis and quality management system development to pre-assessment audits and beyond. Their unique ability to simplify ISO accreditation program development and their successful track record in developing ISO accredited quality management systems make the team an enviable strategic partner to any forensics organization seeking ISO accreditation. “Our comprehensive working knowledge of forensic practices and our in-depth understanding and operational familiarity with ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025 and accrediting body supplemental requirements, places PDFI at the forefront of ISO accreditation consulting in these areas,” says Schilling.
PDFI plans to grow as the digital forensics industry evolves and expand in the areas needed to support their customers. In the near future, PDFI also aims to build a 5,000 SF full-service digital forensics laboratory and have it accredited under ISO/IEC 17025. “As mandated accreditation becomes fully implemented across the market, PDFI will be at the forefront of the digital forensics ecosystem,” concludes Schilling.