HTCIA International 2013 – The Leading and Trailing Edge of Technology

In the security industry, we pride ourselves on having some of the best minds in technology, with cutting edge gear and techniques always on display. The perpetual arms race between offense and defense is just that – perpetual – but those who say that criminals are overwhelmingly winning are only partially correct. The HTCIA (High Technology Investigation Assn,) International conference this week showcased some of the most cutting edge technology, tools and techniques that could potentially shift the balance of power back towards middle against the criminal element.

There is a problem with this, because even as technology, tools, and techniques move forward at a blistering pace the trailing wave is still significantly behind. What I mean by this, is that there is an atypical distribution here on the technology adoption curve. Whereas you would expect to see a bell curve heavily concentrated in the middle, and thinning to either extreme, I think ( and this is a personal opinion formed from observation ) that the highest concentration of the curve is shifted towards the back – the laggards – of the technology adoption curve.