Recent Articles

November 26, 2014 8:13 am
Sean Harrington
Effective training in professional ethics doesn’t primarily consist of rote memorization of rules, but instead must prepare the examiner in the art of ethical issue spotting. Similarly, an effective code of ethics consists not only of certain static core principles, but also may consist of components that can be adapted over time to keep pace with the law and with professional norms.
November 25, 2014 7:00 am
Heather Mahalik
The mobile device industry is evolving very quickly. To stay current on the latest devices and the proper techniques for acquiring and analyzing data, smartphone and mobile device forensic analysis training courses are becoming more and more necessary. 
November 21, 2014 4:58 pm
Debbie Fletcher
A month after rebranding from Telecom to Spark, the leading New Zealand ISP had received collateral damage from the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Fights there have never really been toe-to-toe, but, on Friday evening, September 5, Spark engineers announced that a layer-3 DDoS attack was causing an overload of its DNS servers.
November 21, 2014 9:16 am
When compared to a typical hard drive, SSDs are totally different in design and functionality which leads to some difficult issues to deal with pertaining to their forensic analysis.                   
November 19, 2014 8:25 am
William Weaver, Ph.D.
Current research in the area of digital image forensics is developing better ways to convert image files into frequencies, such as using wavelet transforms in addition to more traditional cosine transforms and more sensitive methods for determining if each area of an image belongs to the whole.
November 14, 2014 12:05 pm
As digital devices continue to proliferate, digital storage capacities are approximately doubling every two years. The sheer amount of digital media being submitted for forensic analysis is overwhelming.             
November 7, 2014 8:47 am
DeEtta Jones
Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a manager? Being overburdened by the responsibility of having to figure out what others want and need of you is a familiar feeling shared among leaders. Fortunately, there is a “best practice” for obtaining just the kind of information needed to increase your leadership effectiveness — ask them what they want. 
October 23, 2014 8:00 pm
Cloud computing raises some unique law enforcement concerns regarding the location of potential digital evidence, its preservation, and its subsequent forensic analysis. Further forensic issues concern the potential effect the cloud services could have on the digital data itself and how the forensic examiner can explain all these indiscretions to the court.
October 15, 2014 8:47 am
Yuri Gubanov and Oleg Afonin
In 2012 we published an article called “Why SSD Drives Destroy Court Evidence, and What Can Be Done About It,” back then SSD self-corrosion, TRIM, and garbage collection were little known and poorly understood phenomena. In 2014, the situation looks different. We now know things about SSD drives that allow forensic specialists to obtain information from them despite the obstacles. 
October 1, 2014 8:26 am
Christa Miller
The United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Riley v. US may not have been much of a surprise to American law enforcement. Many agencies were already requiring officers to obtain search warrants before searching mobile devices. Ultimately, rather than limiting law enforcement, the Riley decision frees agencies to deploy mobile data extraction capabilities across a much wider field of officers.
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