Reducing Backlog:
Mobile Forensic Previews
Lee Papathanasiou
Cellebrite: Sales Engineer, Forensics
Mobile Device Proliferation
*As of January 2014:
 90% of American adults have a cell phone
 58% of American adults have a smart phone
 32% of Ameri...
Volume & Complexity of Data
Volume & Complexity of Data
Mobile Device Exams Increase
 Statistics from three cities in
North America anecdotally*
show a steady increase in the
ra...
Mobile Forensics:
A Team Effort
Today’s model of mobile
device evidence collection
■ Forensic Examiner performs extraction & analysis at the Lab
■ First R...
Limitations of Current Model
■ Actionable information NOT available to First Responder
o Result: Opportunity for time-sens...
Mobile Forensics: Multi-Tiered Model
Location Hierarchy
Least Most
Gradient Scale
Personnel Hierarchy
Least Most
Gradient Scale
Function Hierarchy
Least Most
Gradient Scale
Multi-Tiered Model Reduces Backlog!
■Increases Quality of evidence in lab
■Empowers existing personnel with mobile forensi...
Use Cases that can Benefit
■Monitoring Probation/Parole
■Child Abuse Image Investigations
■Drug Interdiction
■Substantiate...
Implementation Requirements: EEE
■Education ■Engineering■Enforcement
■Data collection & review contributes to officer/civilian safety
Education: Academy Level
■Eliminate & Prevent Intimidatio...
Education: Field Level
■Evidence Handling & Collection
■Establish guidelines for escalations to lab
(i.e. Prosecution over...
■Types of Evidence Collected: Textual Data and/or Media Files?
(Dictates bandwidth & storage capacity needed)
Engineering:...
■Software must have built-in reviewing & basic analysis capabilities
Engineering: Mobile Forensic Solution
■Mobile forensi...
© 2014 Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization LTD, All rights reserved
• Purpose built
• Closed for other
applications
• No Use...
© 2014 Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization LTD, All rights reserved
UFED: Extract & Preview
■SOP should set clear expectations for everyone involved
including when to escalate devices to a forensic specialist
Enfor...
Enforce: UFED Permission Manager
User Authentication and Permission Management
■ Profile defines authorized actions
■ By a...
■Examples:
Search Warrant
Consent
Probation/Parole
Exigent Circumstances
Search Incident to Arrest
Plain Sight
Enforcement...
Data Triage & Public Safety
Data Triage & Public Safety
Traffic Accidents – Was the driver distracted by their phone?
Where were they last?
Time sens...
This is only the Beginning!!
■Decision making in the field can be improved even further
• Imagine collecting evidence from...
■State & Local Fusion centers will have more diverse datasets to
utilize which will increase situational awareness.
Impact...
THANK YOU!!
Lee Papathanasiou
lee.papa@cellebrite.com
201-848-8552 Ext. 106
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Forensic previews have been valuable in separating the hard drives, game systems, cameras, and other digital devices that are relevant to a case, from those that are not relevant. Historically, mobile devices have not been part of this analysis -- even though they are at least as important. This session will detail what’s involved with mobile device previews, including how they prepare case agents to communicate their needs to forensic examiners.

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Reduce Lab Backlog with Mobile Data Forensic Previews

  1. 1. Reducing Backlog: Mobile Forensic Previews Lee Papathanasiou Cellebrite: Sales Engineer, Forensics
  2. 2. Mobile Device Proliferation
  3. 3. *As of January 2014:  90% of American adults have a cell phone  58% of American adults have a smart phone  32% of American adults own an e-reader  42% of American adults own a tablet Multi-Device Environment Source: Pew Research Center http://www.pewinternet.org/
  4. 4. Volume & Complexity of Data
  5. 5. Volume & Complexity of Data
  6. 6. Mobile Device Exams Increase  Statistics from three cities in North America anecdotally* show a steady increase in the ratio of mobile forensic exams to computer exams starting from 2005 to present. *No standards exist for the tracking of forensic lab statistics, so not all labs report the same way. In addition, labs’ own reporting may be inconsistent from year to year. Other variables, such as trends in investigations themselves, have not been accounted for.
  7. 7. Mobile Forensics: A Team Effort
  8. 8. Today’s model of mobile device evidence collection ■ Forensic Examiner performs extraction & analysis at the Lab ■ First Responder Secures Scene ■ Investigator Seizes Evidence: “Bag and Tag”
  9. 9. Limitations of Current Model ■ Actionable information NOT available to First Responder o Result: Opportunity for time-sensitive decisions is missed which could mean the difference between Life and Death ■ Evidence becomes more vulnerable the longer it sits at scene o Result: Evidence on the device is remotely Wiped/Deleted ■ The importance of evidence is not identified or qualified at scene o Result: Lack of insight leads to collection of unnecessary evidence and directly contributes to EVIDENCE BACKLOG! ■ Field personnel are not being utilized to their full capacity o Result: The inefficient use of resources is an unnecessary Waste of Money ■ Forensic Examiners are spending valuable time on basic evidence collection o Result: Less time available to focus on the deeper/complex examinations which can yield important evidence & deleted information. This amounts to a Waste of Talent.
  10. 10. Mobile Forensics: Multi-Tiered Model
  11. 11. Location Hierarchy Least Most Gradient Scale
  12. 12. Personnel Hierarchy Least Most Gradient Scale
  13. 13. Function Hierarchy Least Most Gradient Scale
  14. 14. Multi-Tiered Model Reduces Backlog! ■Increases Quality of evidence in lab ■Empowers existing personnel with mobile forensic technology ■Enables rapid evidence collection & preview in field ■Decreases Quantity of evidence in field ■Result: More Leads in Less Time
  15. 15. Use Cases that can Benefit ■Monitoring Probation/Parole ■Child Abuse Image Investigations ■Drug Interdiction ■Substantiate Victim Claims ■List goes on…
  16. 16. Implementation Requirements: EEE ■Education ■Engineering■Enforcement
  17. 17. ■Data collection & review contributes to officer/civilian safety Education: Academy Level ■Eliminate & Prevent Intimidation ■Academy Curricula needs to be prioritized & updated ■SOP & Training need to compliment each other
  18. 18. Education: Field Level ■Evidence Handling & Collection ■Establish guidelines for escalations to lab (i.e. Prosecution over Intel, Felonies over Misdemeanor) ■Incorporate 15 min hands-on training during briefings ■Keep current with warrant templates, preservation letters, etc.
  19. 19. ■Types of Evidence Collected: Textual Data and/or Media Files? (Dictates bandwidth & storage capacity needed) Engineering: Data Management Infrastructure ■Decide on method of transferring and/or storing evidence ■Need to maintain Chain of Custody and Integrity of data ■Remote Storage: Secure 4G/WiFi connection. VPN Tunneling. ■Local Storage: Hard Drive/ Flash Drive/ SD Card – Logistics
  20. 20. ■Software must have built-in reviewing & basic analysis capabilities Engineering: Mobile Forensic Solution ■Mobile forensics software solution needs to be flexible & easy to use ■Software needs to be able to support extraction from an immense variety of mobile devices in order to be effective ■A laptop/tablet or stand-alone forensic device will be required. Preferably semi or fully ruggedized with relatively small footprint
  21. 21. © 2014 Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization LTD, All rights reserved • Purpose built • Closed for other applications • No User maintenance • Extraction only UFED Touch • Multiple tools single platform • Full Cycle capabilities • HW upgrade at your own pace • Chose your platform – Flexibility UFED 4PC • Single source • Multiple tools single platform • Full Cycle capabilities • No user installation • Standalone and ruggedized UFED TK
  22. 22. © 2014 Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization LTD, All rights reserved UFED: Extract & Preview
  23. 23. ■SOP should set clear expectations for everyone involved including when to escalate devices to a forensic specialist Enforcement ■Controls need to be in place to prevent abuse ■Establish Policies as well as SOP to enforce training & evidence collection methodologies ■Software solution needs to of facilitate these requirements. User & Permission Management, Logs, Training verification
  24. 24. Enforce: UFED Permission Manager User Authentication and Permission Management ■ Profile defines authorized actions ■ By action ■ By data type (where applicable) ■ Profiles are assigned to Users ■ Import / Export Users list
  25. 25. ■Examples: Search Warrant Consent Probation/Parole Exigent Circumstances Search Incident to Arrest Plain Sight Enforcement: Rules of Engagement ■Laws vary from state to state and are in constant flux ■Consult legal authorities to ensure adherence to law
  26. 26. Data Triage & Public Safety
  27. 27. Data Triage & Public Safety Traffic Accidents – Was the driver distracted by their phone? Where were they last? Time sensitive situations that can significantly benefit from mobile device collection at scene of incident: Active Shooter – Did they have accomplices? Abductions – Who was their abductor? Where were they last? Bomb Threats – Where is the bomb located? What is the detonation device?
  28. 28. This is only the Beginning!! ■Decision making in the field can be improved even further • Imagine collecting evidence from a mobile device on scene and then running that data against a database…. Fugitives Abductees Drug Terms Gang Members Terrorists Explosives Stolen VINs Etc…..
  29. 29. ■State & Local Fusion centers will have more diverse datasets to utilize which will increase situational awareness. Impact on Crime Prevention ■Mobile Device Evidence also has value downstream ■Intel & Crime Analysts benefit from high quality data ■The variety of data on mobile devices can contribute significantly to predictive analytics & crime prevention efforts
  30. 30. THANK YOU!! Lee Papathanasiou lee.papa@cellebrite.com 201-848-8552 Ext. 106

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