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2018


2018

SQLite Forensics by Paul Sanderson

Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus

SQLite forensics is an important part of many digital forensic investigations. Most smartphones and computer operating systems use SQLite, with each device often including hundreds of databases. Despite this extreme proliferation, SQLite forensics is often overlooked in conversations about current trends in digital forensics. Paul Sanderson's book attempts to redress the balance and bring attention to the importance of SQLite forensics.   more ...

2018

Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies

by Oleg Afonin & Vladimir Katalov

Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus


Mobile forensics is a growing subsection of digital forensic investigation. With the proliferation of devices, applications and operating systems available nowadays, it's increasingly becoming a vital and complex field. The skillset needed to accurately acquire evidence from mobile devices may seem dauntingly wide-ranging, especially when so many of us are dealing with backlogs in the first place. How are we supposed to keep up to date with this ever-evolving challenge?

Luckily we have books like this to help us out.   more ...

2018

MOBILedit Forensic Express From Compelson

MOBILedit Forensic Express is a mobile forensic solution from Compelson, who have been in the digital forensics market since 1996. In 2013 Forensic Express was created, and it’s now their most popular application due to its ability to quickly check what data can be extracted from a phone and perform forensic extractions in an easy-to-use way.

The software supports thousands of handsets including popular operating systems such as iOS, Android , Blackberry, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Bada, Symbian, Meego, Mediatek, Chinese phones, and CDMA phones. The software can handle many feature phones without an OS. This includes older models from as far back as 1996.   more ...

2018

Digital Evidence Investigator From ADF Solutions

Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus.

ADF Solutions’ Digital Evidence Investigator (DEI) reduces the workload on digital forensic analysts by providing a fast, scalable solution for field triage and investigative tasks.

The installation process is very straightforward: you will receive a small package containing a fully licensed Authentication Key, one 250GB high-speed SSD drive to be used as a Collection Key, one USB extender, one four port USB hub and one CD drive opener. Plugging the Authentication Key into your machine and executing the installer will begin the installation process; all you need to do is select your options and click ‘Next’ until it is complete.   more ...

2017


2017

XEC Director From MSAB

Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus.

MSAB was founded in 1984 and originally focused on helping the police to solve cases. Over the years the company has pioneered mobile forensics, with their flagship XRY product paving the way for new developments in the field.

The past decade has seen new challenges arising in digital forensics, not least of which is the question of triage. This is particularly pertinent in cases where several people are working on the same investigation, for example in law enforcement agencies or during collaborative efforts. And of course this isn’t just an issue for those who are doing the actual extraction and analysis; it’s also a management challenge. This is where XEC Director comes in.

What It Does

XEC Director runs on the same XRY engine as all of MSAB’s other products, so there’s no difference in its core capabilities. The main difference comes into play with permissions: in XEC Director, managers can define different permission levels for different groups. So for example, you may only want to allow your frontline officers to do logical, not physical, extractions; this is easy to set up.   more ...