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Sooner Rather Than Later… Please!

In the past few weeks, we’ve received a higher than average number of requests for digital forensic services on very short notice.  To some digital forensic practitioners, particularly in the public sector, this may seem almost unheard of, but when I…

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Holistic Mobile & Cellular Investigations

I’ve been attending a lot of training lately.  Because my training and experience initiated in law enforcement and in computer forensics and because the field of mobile device forensics has exploded so much, I have been catching up on newer methods…

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Don’t Forget the Victim (And Their Device)!

Regardless if your case involves computers, tablets, iPhones, Android devices or all of the above, one thing the investigative community can agree on is, every case is different.  Sure, certain cases will follow a workflow pattern, but the circumstances of every…

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Apple vs. the F.B.I: Some Forensic Implications

Never one to let a good legal-tech story opportunity go to waste, I started ruminating over the multitude of implications in the Apple vs. FBI matter.  There are certainly many factors which will inevitably lead to a decision.  These include legal, technical,…

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Clash of the Titans: Apple vs. The U.S. Government

I’ve had many spirited discussions and read many thought-provoking articles since the Federal Magistrate ordered Apple to cooperate (even more than they already have) with the FBI in the investigation of alleged San Bernardino terrorist Sayed Farook and his locked iPhone 5c.  Most…

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Customer Service in Digital Forensics

My first jobs as a teenager were in customer service.  The brief first foray into the world of customer service was at an amusement park, which ironically, was anything but amusing.  After 3 months there, I transitioned to a retail environment where…

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Sometimes, The Data Isn’t There (anymore)

Being a digital forensic services provider in the private sector, we service a wide array of client’s needs. It is fairly common for our clients to be involved in litigation and investigations ranging from divorce to employment disputes and other…

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The Value of (the right) Key Word Searches

When I was a full-time police detective, I was fortunate enough to attend several very good, very long digital forensic training courses (see letters at end of name).  Unfortunately, what this also did was widen the gap between what I knew…

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What Social Media Activity Tells a Trained Forensic Examiner

For better or for worse, social media has become a driving force in many aspects of our lives.  It helps individuals stay in touch with friends, relatives, former classmates and other acquaintances.  It also helps business drive users to websites, advertise and…

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