Our History

In 1995 our founder, Rob Zirnstein, created software to identify mysterious computer files. This led to the File Investigator Engine that we sell today. Rob’s original business, RobWare, grew into Forensic Innovations, Inc. Today we sell our products to customers around the world, for use in Digital Forensics, Document Management, Data Recovery, Data Security, Electronic Discovery, Data Backup, Government Agencies, Law Enforcement, Litigation, Research and anywhere else that computer files need to be identified. Forensic Innovations takes innovation seriously and is now developing object level identification and reconstruction technologies to keep Forensic Innovations ahead of the curve.


Our Purpose

As the number and size of hard drives increase so does the need to identify, search and organize the many types of data and files being produced. Forensic Innovations, Inc. satisfies the need to efficiently dig through data and produce the nuggets of information hidden in today’s computers. New technologies are being developed to complement our already popular File Investigator products.


Our Mission

FID3 has been delivering innovative software solutions since 2007. These solutions have uniquely solved complex technical challenges in the realm of computer forensics, electronic discovery and information assurance. The product’s modular architecture provides for seamless bidirectional integration with existing technologies.

With the FID3 building of a single platform for pre-case assessment and cutting edge Digital Forensics, we are not only automating Digital Forensics, we are bringing it into active eDiscovery usage in a seamless way. For example, when the user selects to see statistics on their data, we can provide the option of looking at visible files (as is typical of eDiscovery), hidden files (as is typical of Digital Forensics), or both combined. All this can start at a very high level and then drive down to departments, individual employees and individual files. We do not stop at finding just the files that the rest of the industry sees. Our technologies dig deeper to uncover the Dark Data. This is the data hiding in the unallocated file fragments, object slack and RAM slack fragments within files and less common file types that go unnoticed. Along with this level of intelligence comes the ability to profile company data down to individual user data, to provide another level of information assurance by automatically flagging anomalous behavior at the desktop. IT organizations and intelligence agencies care about these areas. Corporations are discovering that they need to be caring about these areas in their eDiscovery events as well.


Our Team

Rob Zirnstein

FID3 CEO and founder, Rob Zirnstein, developed networking and data processing software for 15 years. First for D-Link Systems, then for Canon Development Americas and NowDocs International. For 5 years, Rob played a role in the International Standards arena representing Canon, Inc. as a Research Analyst. During that time Rob was a source of innovative product ideas that built on the emerging standards technologies that he participated in, one of which was patented (#7,127,491). Zirnstein received a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics from the University of California in Irvine, California.
Now, Rob designs next generation solutions for finding the Dark Data, located on all computers and digital devices, often containing evidence vital in legal matters. Rob Zirnstein has also been an active member of the Indianapolis chapter of InfraGARD, and the President of the Indianapolis chapter of The American Society of Digital Forensics & eDiscovery.


Julie Freeman

Julie Freeman is a technical support agent at FID3. She answers technical emails and works closely with the development team to solve some of the most pertinent issues. She also helps clients who are new to the software get started and helps existing customers with new versions of the software. When Julie isn’t answering the tough technical questions, she is testing our products and working closely with our development team.



Beth Armstrong

Beth Armstrong is a sales representative at FID3. She guides prospective clients and resellers through the details of our products, and helps them to build their high level plans for technology integrations.  Not only does she handle quotes and invoicing, but she is technical enough to also handle some of the technical questions our new clients may have. She is also the mother of two children and enjoys reading.



Software Developers

Coming from the Cyber Security and Compliance industries, our software developers prefer to keep their Internet foot prints as small as possible.  We respect that, and appreciate their hard work.