Mobile Forensics

When we talk about Mobile Forensics generally, we use the term “Forensically Sound”, commonly used in the forensic community to define the application of methods and techniques, which respect the international guidelines for acquisition, and examination of mobile devices. The principles for the correct application of Forensically Sound techniques assume the primary purpose, which is the preservation and the possibility of non-contamination of the state of things.

Mobile Forensics is a branch of Digital Forensics and it is about the acquisition and the analysis of mobile devices to recover digital evidences of investigative interest.

Furthermore, mobile devices are able to contain plenty of digital information, almost like a computer, so not only a call log or SMS messages as old mobile phones. Many of the digital information in a smart-phone is reliant on applications installed on it, which evolve in such a variety that analysis software are not able to support them completely.

Forensic experts play a critical role in revealing the truth behind the scene of a case, computer forensic specialists are essential to investigating computer-related cases that occur behind the screen.

The production process of the forensic evidence is divided in five main phase: the seizure, the identification, the acquisition and the examination or analysis. Once the data is extracted from a device, different methods of analysis are used based on the underlying case. As each investigation is distinct, it is not possible to have a single definitive procedures for all cases.