5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Modern Lawful Interception Monitoring Center

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Modern Lawful Interception Monitoring Center

Lawful interception (LI) monitoring centers allow law enforcement agencies and intelligence organizations, to track and monitor communications of specific targets. To successfully accelerate investigations of terrorism, criminal actions and other threats, LI monitoring centers should include advanced capabilities for data collection, data analysis and court-compliance data.

Modern LI monitoring centers use advanced technologies based on big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning engines, to automatically convert data into intelligence, promote investigations, and produce evidence.

1.      Robustness

The communication domain is developing rapidly, new technologies are expected to present new challenges, as higher rates and higher capacities are introduced. In addition, the wide array of types of data will continue to grow. Modern LI monitoring centers need to introduce unprecedented data collection abilities to deliver bullet-proof SIGINT collection.

Robust collection has to ensure no data is lost. You need to collect everything, all content and metadata. That includes covering a wide variety of LI interfaces such as ISP, mobile telephony, fixed telephony and historical data, as well as additional external sources such as, open web, PCAP files, GPS trackers, external databases, forensic tools and more.

2.      Efficiency

In order to convert data into valuable intelligence, advanced LI monitoring centers should provide operators with intelligence and investigation insights at-a-glance, enabling faster time-to-evidence, by focusing attention on items of greatest interest. With the relevant data emphasized for each target, the monitoring process is smarter, quicker and more efficient.

Extensive investigation know-how, automatic entity-based processing, and advanced analytics are only some of the “must-haves” for modern LI monitoring centers. In addition, it is highly important to have multiple investigative features and capabilities to facilitate investigation speed, effectiveness and quality. These include: automatic profiling, complex multi-conditional intelligence querying, context-based and investigation-based insights, advanced IP analysis, visual links and connections analysis, automatic transcription and speech analysis and more. Learn more about Verint’s Network Intelligence Solutions here

3.      Compliance

Facilitating complete court and regulation compliance is much more than delivering reports and there is a need for advanced technological abilities. A modern LI monitoring center should include the following built-in capabilities:

  • Collection & Retention
    • Regulatory Compliance – with global and local regulations and standards
    • Stable collection – no data loss and no down-time
    • Scalable retention – customized to customers’ needs and regulations
  • Monitoring management
    • Organizational management – users’ permissions and assignments
    • Target management using warrants activation
    • Full compartmentalization of data, users & investigations
  • Court Compliance
    • Digital Signature
    • Evidence media generation
    • Evidence Viewer
    • Full Auditing Trail
  • Data lifecycle management
    • Export and Archive easily and securely to storage or media
    • Export & import policies
    • Fully automated processes

4.      Future Readiness

LI monitoring centers need to demonstrate the ability to support advanced IT environments and the flexibility to adapt to changes in all aspects of LI including SIGINT coverage, analysis and compliance. The future-ready monitoring center is designed and developed to be:

  • Open – enabling easy import and export of data
  • Scalable and modular
  • Fully secure – for both internal and external threats

5.      Scalability

To be able to address the challenges introduced to LI, by new and advanced technologies, such as the upcoming 5G network, advanced monitoring centers must be designed as open and scalable platforms, supporting:

  • Multiple technologies
  • Huge data amounts, volumes and rates
  • Interoperability
  • Diverse international and local LI standards and protocols

Watch out for our next blog, which will cover how to get ready for lawful interception in the 5G era.

Tom Sadon

Author: Tom Sadon

Tom Sadon is a Product Marketing Manager of Network Intelligence and lawful interception solutions at Verint. Tom has vast professional experience and expertise in the Intelligence domain with more than a decade in the Israel Defense Force (IDF), Intelligence Corps and in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office as a SIGINT & Cyber analyst and as a Commander. Tom has also worked as a Cyber threat intelligence and analysis director in an Israeli start-up and is a lawyer, holding L.LB and L.LM law degrees from Tel-Aviv University along with a BA degree in Economics from Tel-Aviv University.