5 Challenges facing frontline digital forensics practitioners in the field

Mobile forensics is the continuously evolving science which involves using rapidly changing techniques to enable access to and analyzing data from mobile devices.

An increasing number of crimes are committed digitally, leaving traces that can be important evidence in a criminal investigation. The use of sophisticated information systems is no longer solely the realm of the hacker and the coder, it is now also the realm of the drug dealer, the extortionist, and the illegal gambler.

The advanced and constantly improving methods for analyzing technical evidence makes mobile forensics a rapidly growing field. The mobile forensics process aims to recover digital evidence and relevant data from a mobile device in a way that will preserve the evidence in a forensically sound condition.

To achieve that, the mobile forensic process needs to set out precise rules for the seizure, isolation, transportation, and storage for analysis and proof, of digital evidence originating from mobile devices.

This guide is intended to assist law enforcement and other first responders who may be responsible for preserving an electronic crime scene and for recognizing, collecting, and safeguarding digital evidence.

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