Extraction and analysis go local, shifting from the lab to the field.
Due to the rapid increase in mobile device evidence, law enforcement agencies can no longer rely solely on forensic labs at the state and federal levels. Whether as part of a search incident to arrest, the forensic preview of digital media during execution of a search warrant, or a consent to search while evaluating a complaint, almost 44 percent of survey respondents now extract mobile data in the field. "Digital forensics is becoming democratized," said D/Sgt Peter Salter of the Police Service of Northern Ireland eCrime Unit. "Specialized expertise will always be an important strategic element within overall capability to produce robust evidence for court. However, specialists and case investigators alike both benefit from having the capability to examine exhibits locally and on the frontline. Within agreed procedures, this approach enables investigators to determine which exhibits require more in-depth investigation, as well as provide frontline investigators with rapid, controlled access to digital evidence in order to inform their critical decision making."
The adoption of mobile devices has drastically changed the mobile forensics industry in just the last year alone, and the evolving landscape presents newer challenges that demand investigators to rethink the way they work.
In a new industry forecast issued today by Cellebrite, a leading provider of mobile forensic and mobile data transfer solutions, forensics experts reveal that multiple devices, field analysis, social evidence, Big Data and mobile malware will be the driving factors in shaping the industry this year. According to the research, the following trends will directly shape mobile forensics in the coming months.