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Guidance Software Announces Availability of EnCase® Portable Version 2

<p class=' bwtextaligncenter'> <i><b>Award-winning USB Data Collection Device Enables Non-Technical Personnel to Quickly Search Target Computers and Collect Relevant Data</b></i> </p>

Monday, April 12, 2010

Guidance Software Announces Availability of EnCase® Portable Version 213:34 EDT Monday, April 12, 2010 PASADENA, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: GUID), The World Leader in Digital Investigations™, today announced the availability of new capabilities that transform EnCase® Portable, a forensic data collection solution on a USB drive, into a triage tool, enabling keyword searching and image viewing on target computers, all while maintaining the forensic integrity of the data. In addition, imaging with EnCase Portable is now more than twice as fast as the previous version, thereby saving customers' time and money. With Version 2 of EnCase Portable, non-technical personnel can easily search, view, and collect data from target computers using a single USB thumb drive that contains both the software and the licensing key. It preserves digital evidence in the court-vetted evidence file format for which EnCase is known. The National Institute of Justice (“NIJ”)—the research, development and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice—has highlighted the need for efficient, reliable collection of electronically stored information. In its 2009 report “High-Priority Criminal Justice Technology Needs,” the NIJ called for “faster, cheaper and less labor-intensive identification, collection, preservation and analysis of forensic evidence of all kinds.” Likewise, industry analysts stress similar requirements as judges increasingly expect legal and IT teams to have the internal capability to quickly and thoroughly preserve potentially relevant data for eDiscovery purposes. Organizations that can benefit from Version 2 of EnCase Portable include: Law enforcement agencies: Non-technical field officers can now triage suspect computers to determine quickly whether further analysis is warranted. Corporations: Legal and IT teams that perform in-house electronic discovery search and collection can run the exact same search criteria for non-networked laptops and desktops that they use over the network. Electronic discovery service providers and law firms: These organizations can improve consistency and defensibility of collections by ensuring clients that the same search methodology and criteria is applied to all custodians—eliminating the well-documented risks associated with the disparate search methods, motives, or thoroughness of certain custodians. Click here to view a demonstration about how organizations can benefit from EnCase Portable. “With EnCase Portable, I can empower my clients to perform cost-effective, defensible collections,” said Chris Mourse, Director, eDiscovery, Forensics, Data Collection and Analytics, doeLegal. “With minimum intrusion into the daily workflow, a business can collect data in a forensically sound manner in any location and reduce the risk of court sanctions imposed as a result of a poorly executed collection.” “EnCase Portable allows me to walk into a room with 100 computers and, in a few minutes per computer, determine which ones are relevant to my investigation,” Steven Wood, US Army Retired and a current contractor located overseas. “This means we don't waste time collecting irrelevant data and we can get through our caseload more quickly.” EnCase Portable complements other versions of EnCase software – search criteria for EnCase Portable can be quickly created in EnCase® Forensic or EnCase® Enterprise, and data collected with EnCase Portable can be loaded into EnCase Forensic or EnCase Enterprise for detailed forensic analysis, or seamlessly integrated into the workflow of EnCase® eDiscovery for litigation matters or EnCase® Cybersecurity for security incidents or data audits. EnCase Portable was recently reviewed by Law Technology News and awarded best forensics product by Law Enforcement Technologymagazine. Version 2 of EnCase Portable is available now. For more information, please contact us at 1-866-973-6577 or 626-229-9191, or visit guidancesoftware.com. About Guidance Software (NASDAQ: GUID) Guidance Software is recognized worldwide as the industry leader in digital investigative solutions. Its EnCase® platform provides the foundation for government, corporate and law enforcement organizations to conduct thorough, network-enabled, and court-validated computer investigations of any kind, such as responding to eDiscovery requests, conducting internal investigations, responding to regulatory inquiries or performing data and compliance auditing - all while maintaining the integrity of the data. There are more than 30,000 licensed users of the EnCase technology worldwide, the EnCase® Enterprise platform is used by over half of the Fortune 100, and thousands attend Guidance Software's renowned training programs annually. Validated by numerous courts, corporate legal departments, government agencies and law enforcement organizations worldwide, EnCase has been honored with industry awards and recognition from Law Technology News, SC Magazine, Government Security News, Law Enforcement Technology, and KMWorld, For more information about Guidance Software, visit www.guidancesoftware.com. GUID-F Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6245994&lang=en