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SYTECH response to Guardian Article regarding ISO 17025 Accreditation

The UKAS accreditation for ‘ISO-17025 standard for testing and calibration laboratories’ has long applied to those entities performing so-called ‘Wet-Forensics’ typically, DNA, fibres, ballistics etc.  The Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) was appointed to set out the ISO-17025 standard for Digital Forensics with the requirement that all forensic units should become accredited by October 2017.


There has been some debate within the Digital Forensics and Criminal Justice communities concerning the challenges of compliance within the timescales set by the FSR.  The speed with which accreditation has been accomplished has been slow.  The costs of the resources required for success are often cited as a contributing factor.


SYTECH was first accredited by UKAS in July 2016 and have worked continually to extend and make improvements to our quality systems.  Suspension of our accreditation followed a further thorough audit.  This was welcomed.  It brought to our attention detailed aspects of the standard not fully implemented in the SYTECH Quality Systems.  This situation has been corrected and continues to be given our full attention.


SYTECH worked with Police clients during the temporary suspension period and kept them advised of corrective actions being taken that subsequently resulted in the re-instatement by UKAS of our accreditation.


The Guardian articles draw attention to the need for all engaged in providing evidence within the criminal justice system to meet the quality standards set by the FSR.  This is not an issue directly associated with the much-publicised issues concerning a number of high-profile cases that have collapsed before going to trial.  In these cases, there was no failure of the forensic processes covered by accreditation.  The evidence was obtained during the forensic processes but then not fully disclosed to the Defence by the Police / CPS.


SYTECH have a long history of independent and objective contributions to the criminal justice process and are fully committed to attaining the highest level of quality assurance for all services.


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SYTECH Recruitment – HR Manager – Stoke-on-Trent – Permanent – Full-Time

HR Manager  – Permanent Full-Time

Experience Level:     Intermediate

Location:     SYTECH Offices, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire with Free Car Parking

Salary:     Up to £40,000pa

This is a new dedicated role with an established, high growth company providing digital forensic services to UK Police. The company success is based upon delivery of excellence and a ‘can-do’ approach to client and regulatory requirements. HR management plays a pivotal role in the effective operation of the company.

As a part of the senior management team you will be involved in major business decisions.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to take responsibility at our Head Office for all aspects of the HR function, including the planning, implementation and recording of on-going staff training and competency in line with ISO-17025 standards. You will possess an up to date understanding of employment legislation and best practice. Occasional travel to our branch offices in Warwickshire and South Wales will be necessary.

Experience of working within a professional services or IT environment will be an advantage.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Manage the recruitment process (devise and maintain our online rec, liaison with University forensic faculties, briefing agencies, setting up and conducting interviews, obtaining feedback, issuing offer letters, job contracts), ensuring integrity and providing an efficient flow of information between stakeholders.
  • Oversee and manage the induction of new staff in close liaison with their Line Manager and working with other departments to ensure consistency of delivery.
  • Work closely with the various line managers to undertake training needs analysis and follow up training including effective induction of all new staff
  • Facilitate the performance management processes and implementation of the company’s on-going training and competency framework.
  • Assist with initiatives to develop the company’s people and culture to meet the demands of a fast-growing company and a fast changing business environment.
  • Support and develop line management in handling absence and disciplinary cases.
  • Provide monthly reports to Payroll. Deal with general correspondence, administering and monitoring sickness, maternity/paternity leave, holidays, overtime, etc.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with all staff, providing support and assistance to all staff including general welfare and wellbeing.
  • Advise and facilitate grievance and disciplinary procedures in line with the company’s policies, reflecting ACAS guidance at all times.
  • Help create SYTECH’s reputation as an employer of choice.

Skills and qualifications Essential

Previous experience within a HR role.

IT literate and capable of being self-supporting

Competent understanding of employment law

Professional demeanour

Ability to inspire confidence

Self-confident, calm and assertive

Strong communication skills

Interviewing skills


Experience of professional or IT services

Educated to degree level or equivalent

Experience of change management

Application Closing Date:       4th September 2017

How to apply:
Please Email a Covering Letter and CV to the SYTECH Recruitment Office:
HR Manager Recruitment or


SYTECH Procurement – Quotation Request – Mobile Phone Forensic Tools

 Quotation  Request 6 Mobile Phone Forensic Tools
 Reference No. G4GSYT 001
 Statement of  Requirements To supply 6 Mobile Forensic Tools with at least the following features:

  • To enable extractions of evidentiary data
  • To support a wide range of mobile devices and operating systems
  • Boot loaders to ensure forensically sound extractions
  • Touch-screen display preferred
  • Frequent software updates to ensure ongoing compatibility with all new phones
  • Availability of upgrades as part of annual licencing
  • Quote to include licence terms and conditions

Your quote must be for a fixed price per tool which will be valid for 90 days from 22/05/2017. This will allow for staggered purchases within this period to be made at the same price.

 Award Criteria

Quotations will be assessed on the basis of Price and Quality Mix (Most Economically Advantageous Tender)

500 marks are available in total:

125 marks price
375 marks for upgrade licencing

The total MEAT Score is arrived at by adding the Price score to the Quality score

 Closing  Date/Time 22nd May 2017 at 12:00 (Midday)
Quotations received after the deadline will not be considered
 Contact Details Simon Lang
Phone Number: 01782 286300
The purchase of the Forensic Tools is subject to securing funding from the European Regional Development Fund.


 Supplier  Response Please submit completed quotations to:
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SYTECH Digital Forensics to open new Digital Forensics Laboratory in Warwickshire


SYTECH are delighted to announce that they are to open a new Digital Forensic laboratory in Alcester, south-west Warwickshire.

Following the successful winning of two major digital forensic contracts for Law Enforcement, SYTECH are opening their fourth laboratory to help service their client’s needs, and Law Enforcement generally across the UK. The laboratory will be a “full-service” facility with mobile device, computer and cell-site forensics on site.

The site is due to open in early summer 2016 and SYTECH is therefore looking to receive applications for the following positions:

  • Computer Digital Forensic Analysts
  • Trainee Computer Forensic Analysts (relevant graduates)
  • Mobile Device Forensic Analysts
  • Trainee Mobile Device analysts (relevant graduates)
  • Cell Site Expert
  • Cell Site Analyst
  • Administrative Support and Exhibit Officer

All positions offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Please respond by submitting your CV and a covering letter.

For the Trainee roles please supply the above with a short critique of approximately 250 words detailing your expression of interest in this position and in the field of Digital Forensics.

Please state the job you wish to apply for. Full details of the roles are available on the website

Responses should be made to: 


SYTECH brings together leading-edge specialists in all areas of Digital Forensics to provide a comprehensive one-stop analysis service. We work with all sectors and have over the years been involved in thousands of cases, including many high profile cases. The HQ is in Stoke with offices in Swansea and Newport.

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SYTECH – Digital Forensic Examination of Windows ‘Storage Spaces’

Windows ‘Storage Spaces’ introduced in consumer builds of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 allows a user to ‘span’ several (sometimes various) devices into a unified ‘span’ or ‘pool’ of storage space.





Devices used for ‘Storage Space’ volumes can be easily identified in forensic software as a drive with a ‘Windows Reserved’ partition, often 128MB in size and a ‘Storage Pool Partition’ (which will vary in size depending on the user configuration) with the header ‘SPACEDB’.



Although displayed as unallocated this device has a plethora of investigative data which can be configured in a very similar way to RAID storage ‘Simple (no resiliency), a ‘Two-way mirror’, a ‘three-way mirror’ and drives which can also use ‘parity’ volumes for redundancy.



Due to the way these volumes work (depending on the device configuration) a user can add disks at a later date. It should also be noted that users can start a span on a single device with the plan of adding disks later.

All of the above taken into consideration and scenarios (as shown below) where a user may lose, corrupt or destroy a device causing the computer to no longer detect the configuration of a Windows ‘Storage Volume’ can seriously hinder an investigation.



Please call (01782 286 300) or email ( SYTECH in cases where the potential reconstruction of ‘Windows Storage’ file systems is needed, in cases where the ‘STORAGEDB’ header is found and evidential material has been found in what normal forensic tools are calling ‘Unallocated’ SYTECH can help.

All submissions in relation to Windows ‘Storage Spaces’ should include all drives with ‘STORAGEDB’ headers for the greatest chance of success.

Missing drives, broken configurations or just in need of technical assistance please make use of our free consultancy service.

If a rebuild of the ‘Storage Space’ is possible SYTECH can offer both reconstruction and production of just volume data in an evidential format or full forensic analysis of the ‘Storage Space’.