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In-Q-Tel Invests in BlackBag Technologies

Agreement will drive the development of BlackBag’s forensic analysis technology

BlackBag Technologies, a leading provider of digital forensics software and training solutions, today announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

The agreement with IQT will enable further development of BlackBag’s digital forensics technology, which allows law enforcement professionals to collect and analyze data from evidentiary computers and mobile devices. BlackBag, a leader in digital forensics software for Apple products, is rapidly adding capabilities to support data from all four major platforms: Windows, Android, iOS and OS X. The company is also building advanced analysis features and robust new automation functionality to create more customized workflows.
“IQT offers BlackBag a strong partner, completely aligned with our mission and focus in supporting law enforcement, and we are humbled that they have identified and validated our technology,” said Ben Charnota, Chief Executive Officer at BlackBag. “Our unique, multi-platform technology assists in investigative casework by delivering comprehensive results to experienced forensic examiners as well as a growing number of front- line responders.”
“BlackBag is making a strong contribution to the next generation of digital forensics.” said Steve Bowsher, Managing Partner at IQT. “We’re looking forward to working with the BlackBag team as it continues development of forensic technologies to support the missions of our government customers.”

“We couldn’t be more excited,” added Derrick Donnelly, Chief Technology Officer at BlackBag. “This partnership will help to accelerate our product roadmap, and thereby help us to provide necessary innovation to the U.S. Law Enforcement and Intelligence Communities.”

About In-Q-Tel

In-Q-Tel is the not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched in 1999 as a private, independent organization, IQT’s mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting- edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint defining the Intelligence Community’s critical technology needs, IQT engages with entrepreneurs, startups, researchers, and investors to deliver technologies that provide superior capabilities for the CIA and broader Intelligence Community. For more information, visit
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