Mobile Forensic Investigation

"Only half of those who found one of the "lost" phones made any attempt to return it. And information on 96 percent of the lost phones was accessed by their finders."

That’s a lot of potential evidence!

Rising demand for mobile data, accelerated by the adoption of smartphones, is putting a strain on most of the world’s mobile networks and operators, even those that have invested billions of dollars in capacity and speed.” As more carriers segment their services so that users pay only for what they do, how might this affect evidence- and intelligence-gathering?

What’s more, companies now routinely permit employees to connect their personally owned smartphones and tablet PCs into company systems, creating myriad fresh pathways into corporate networks…. The Path revelation underscored how intrinsically porous services delivered to PCs and mobile devices from the Internet cloud can be. Cybercriminals, of course, long ago realized this and continue to take full advantage.”

Employees access social networks from both personal and company-owned mobile devices; is your organization prepared to incorporate mobile into incident response and digital forensics?

This article details a pilot program in which a school district provides smartphones to students so that they can be better connected to their teaches and subjects. The article itself is very positive, and potential legal and practical issues are not discussed. For instance, the amount of potential evidence of harassment, drug, child exploitation, or other illicit activity has just doubled. What other issues might there be with district-provided smartphones?