The world of mobile forensics is not only growing in importance, but also it’s expanding in terms of scope. Recently, Cellebrite, a computer forensics company with a celebrated reputation, released the results of a survey they did with experts in the field. Amongst other things, doing so showed common trends you should plan on seeing in the near future. By anticipating these developments, you’ll be in a better place to accommodate those in need of your services.
In order to conduct their survey, Cellebrite went to some of the most well-known experts in the field. This includes names like Carlos Cajigas, who serves as the Forensics Training Director and Senior Forensic Examiner at EPYX, the Chief Technology Officer at Carney Forensics, John Carney, and Cindy Murphy, a detective with the Madison, Wisconsin Police Department’s computer crimes and forensics division.
It’s no secret that just about everyone has a mobile device these days. However, more and more, people are using at least two. So while experts have long-known that working with smartphones is essential, they now have to master digital cameras, laptops, tablets and more. Being able to read the information from just one of these devices is essential. But being able to do a full-scale read combining all of a person’s devices will soon become even more important.
This first trend, then, naturally grows another. In short, state and federal forensics labs are running out of the resources necessary to handle their growing case loads, especially when you consider each case now involves multiple devices and, thus, more time. The upshot is that greater amounts of experts will be needed on the local level in order to conduct everything from evidence gathering to the forensics themselves.
Another obvious trend in the digital age is the rise of social media. Again, mobile devices play a significant role here. Often, the need to combine forensic procedures with social media is as much about finding witnesses and locating suspects as it is about reading the details these platforms provide.
There has never been so much data available to experts investigating a case. This advantage, however, also means that professionals can find themselves digging through a digital haystack in order to locate a needle. It is not rare for single case to involve terabytes of data. The very fact that not all of it is important is the same reason why experts nowadays need to be proficient in sorting through irrelevant information as quickly as possible.
Furthermore, this information can’t just be found. It must be communicated in a manner that will be easily understood by judges, lawyers and jurors.
Malware has long been the scourge of victims of online crime and the same goes for those who try to then investigate it. Add mobile devices to the mix and the result is simply more versions affecting greater amounts of people. This means forensic experts have to become more knowledgeable about malware and especially the kind that takes aim at mobile users. Everything from corporate crime to simple fraud to intellectual property theft is becoming a common issue.
The takeaway from this survey should seem pretty obvious. All the experts interviewed agreed that modern day forensic professionals need to stay abreast of developments in the field, especially where mobile devices are concerned, and continuously educate themselves. Trials will continue to become more complex where these devices and their related crimes are concerned, meaning following these trends is now essential to the job of a forensic expert.
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