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New Study Reveals Top Trends Driving Mobile Forensics

  • New Study Reveals Top Trends Driving Mobile Forensics-

    Consumers increasingly rely on multiple devices.

    Investigators are likely to find themselves analyzing data from more than one cellular phone, tablet, GPS device or other mobile media, not just per case but also per person. As a result, mobile forensic investigations have outpaced computer forensics, with the ratio increasing by as much as threefold over the past three years. "This trend shows that as mobile devices become more powerful and easier to use, more people depend on them to manage different aspects of their work and personal lives," said Cindy Murphy, a detective with the Madison Wisconsin Police Department. "That means that investigators need ways to manage multiple sources of data to obtain a full picture of each person's life, in the time frame that they need the information most."

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New Study Reveals Top Trends Driving Mobile Forensics

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    Consumers increasingly rely on multiple devices.

    Investigators are likely to find themselves analyzing data from more than one cellular phone, tablet, GPS device or other mobile media, not just per case but also per person. As a result, mobile forensic investigations have outpaced computer forensics, with the ratio increasing by as much as threefold over the past three years. "This trend shows that as mobile devices become more powerful and easier to use, more people depend on them to manage different aspects of their work and personal lives," said Cindy Murphy, a detective with the Madison Wisconsin Police Department. "That means that investigators need ways to manage multiple sources of data to obtain a full picture of each person's life, in the time frame that they need the information most."

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.