A tool for the Apple iPad has been launched to enable digital investigators the ability to perform forensic analysis and e-discovery on the tablet.

Guidance Software said that its EnCase Neutrino supports the Apple iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod touch, as well as devices running Android 2.1 and 2.2, to allow law enforcement, security analysts and e-discovery specialists to review and collect forensic data from these popular devices.

Detective Andy Kleinick, officer-in-charge of the Los Angeles Police Department's computer crimes unit, said: “As we do digital investigations, we're encountering more Apple devices including iPads and iPhones. EnCase has been our primary digital forensics software for more than ten years.

“By supporting these popular devices Guidance Software will greatly assist my department in collecting and analysing these new forms of evidence through a court-vetted and effective tool.”

Andrew Hay, senior security analyst of the enterprise security program for The 451 Group, said: “Few organisations allow the connection of personal computers to a corporate network but, for some reason, many are fine with allowing employees to bring personal smartphones into the office, some going so far as to allow WiFi-capable devices to connect to the corporate wireless network.

“With this new support for iPhone and iPad, Guidance Software can help analysts using its products to overlay traditional forensic and incident response strategies to one of the most prolific mobile device architectures in use today.”