Best Practices in Mobile Phone Investigations

The field of mobile phone investigation has grown exponentially in recent years. The number of cell phones investigated each year has increased nearly tenfold over the past decade. Courtrooms are relying more on the information inside a cell phone as vital evidence in cases of all types.

Despite that, the practice of mobile phone forensics is still in its relative infancy. Many digital investigators are new to the field and are in search of a simple book that could be titled Phone Forensics for Dummies.

Unfortunately, that book is not available yet—so investigators need to look elsewhere for information on how to best tackle cell phone analysis. This article can help—although by no means should it serve as an academic guide. It can, however, be used as a first step to help an investigator gain a basic understanding in the area.
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A Proactive Approach to Incident Response

Any incident response has two components that drive overall cost:
1. How long does it take to detect the intrusion after the attackers first gain access?
2. Once detected, how quickly can the incident be remediated?
Finding a solution that addresses both questions with satisfactory answers is the job of any organization that cares about saving costs and protecting data. In today’s security environment, though, separating the important signal from the noise is one of the bigger challenges incident responders face.
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