For the past few weeks, the PRISM team has been diligently working to test the new version of PRISM. We are proud to announce that, after months of development, we have finally released PRISM V2. As we discussed in an earlier post, Version 1 was originally developed for internal users. In order to test our features and gain valuable feedback from external users, we launched a Pilot Program with select law enforcement agencies across the US. They found bugs, identified workflow issues, gave valuable critiques, and made feature wish lists, which allowed us to greatly approve upon PRISM in V2. Here are some of the big changes to the tool.
As analysts and
investigators, we need to be able to more efficiently work throughout a
project. Previously, it was cumbersome to search for usernames, scrape data,
and build out user profiles. Our analysts and Pilot Program users identified
ways to expedite these processes. PRISM now has additional buttons to add
profiles, add usernames, edit projects, and upload documents directly from the
workbench. This allows users to spend less time clicking between areas of the
tool and more time reviewing content.
Exporting & Authentication
Before, PRISM only
exported data into Microsoft Word formatted Rich Text (.rtf), Microsoft Excel
XML format spreadsheet (.xlsx), and Comma-separated Value Plain Text (.csv)
formats. As many of our users have additional needs, we expanded this selection
to include Microsoft Access database (.accdb) and Adobe Portable Document
Format (.pdf) files. All of these files include the MD5 hash values associated
with each individual result for authentication purposes.
In addition, users can
now download individual search results and native files to their computer in
.pdf and Flash Video (.flv) formats. When these files are downloaded, a record
of each download is created in an uneditable system log. This log can then be
exported into .pdf format and will include information such as the hash value
for the content downloaded and which specific result it came from. We added
this feature to assist law enforcement agencies with evidence gathering and
Previously, PRISM was designed
as a case management system for individual profiles and groups of individuals.
Over the course of testing, we discovered that both our analysts and Pilot
Program users desired the ability to search in real-time across social media
sites to find information about topics pertinent to their projects. In
response, we built a topic monitor. Users now have the ability to search
real-time content originating from Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, Reddit,
Twitter, and YouTube. All of these results can be highlighted to showcase
important words, filtered down by word exclusion, and saved both within PRISM
and locally on the user’s device.
Now that PRISM V2 is
released, subscriptions are available to all organizations. To learn more about
PRISM or to get a demonstration, contact Blake Haase at firstname.lastname@example.org.