Meet Sean Millwaters, VP EMEA at Digital Intelligence Platform: Cellebrite

Founded in 1999 with the aim of creating a safer world, Cellebrite is now the global leader in digital intelligence technology, partnering with public and private organisations to transform how they manage digital evidence in investigations to save lives, accelerate justice, and ensure data privacy.

As the global leader in digital investigation solutions, and trusted advisor to customers in over 150 countries, Cellebrite is revolutionizing how investigations are conducted as the premier provider for law enforcement, military, intelligence, and corporations. Our solutions have helped to solve crimes from child exploitation to financial fraud, to sexual harassment, and beyond.

How has Cellebrite grown since its founding?

Since its founding, Cellebrite has evolved the Digital Intelligence Platform to collect and decode data from digital devices. This solution fuses and enriches data to create and analyse coherent information. It also manages the data, processes, and evidence to ensure privacy and protect the chain of evidence.

Cellebrite’s growth over the pandemic has been remarkable as the deluge of digital data has increased the need for law enforcement to rethink public safety workflow. Today, forces need Digital Intelligence strategies to address challenges head on, so we help them to deploy the latest technology, such as AI, to ease their workload. To date, our technology has been purchased by 6,700 public-safety agencies and enterprises in over 140 countries. And our solutions have been used in more than 5 million cases across the globe.


How is Cellebrite technology helping investigators accelerate justice?

Law enforcement professionals are struggling to keep up with the accelerating pace that criminals are able to store, hide, and encrypt information. In a battle to stay ahead of this ever-growing issue, investigations must be solved quickly but in a lawful way. This is where the benefits of Digital Intelligence and investigative analytics come into play.

Research shows that 90% of cases involve smartphones as their main source of evidence. But what does this actually look like? Imagine you could walk into a crime scene, pick up a handset, put it to your ear, and playback everything that happened in a person’s life before a crime occurred. That’s what we can do with investigative analytics and the data found in phones and computers.

Our technology provides law enforcement agencies and private enterprises with the tools needed to lawfully collect and preserve data faster. Data can then be quickly analysed and processed to locate and validate key digital evidence, bringing insights to the surface to expedite case resolution. Along with speed, Cellebrite tools safeguard digital evidence collaboratively by breaking down silos while ensuring privacy is protected and the correct protocols are followed every step of the way.


How has this technology been used to help protect and save lives?

Our solutions have helped with a diverse set of crimes. By using strong processes and Cellebrite technologies for accessing, managing, and analysing digital evidence, police in Leicestershire used actionable digital intelligence surfaced by our solutions to disprove a murder suspect’s claims of innocence. Cellebrite solutions allowed investigators to collect and analyse data belonging to the victim and the suspects. The result was that investigators needed just days to locate the body, find the murderer, and amass enough evidence to convince the suspects to confess to their crimes.

Similarly, Icelandic Police used Digital Intelligence to convict the thieves behind the largest heist in Iceland’s history. Here, Cellebrite’s Advanced Services (CAS) were called upon to collect every type of digital evidence imaginable from the suspect’s iPhones — locations, images, Telegram messages — basically, everything needed to prove the case and secure the convictions.

What can we hope to see from Cellebrite in the future?

The future looks bright for us as we to continue to pursue innovation and strengthen our position as the global leader in our industry. We plan to continue adding value for our customers through strategic acquisitions, and the development of new technology and solutions that will help to extend our reach into adjacent markets with the aim of protecting and saving as many lives as we can.

We will continue to focus our efforts on customer centricity by providing the training, knowledge sharing, technical support and value realisation services needed to modernise workflows and confidently navigate every step of the investigative journey.