by Christa Miller, Magnet Forensics
An estimated 6.1 billion smartphones will be in the world by 2020, and as development of the Internet of Things—connected wearables, household appliances, vehicles, and more—continues, that number will be dwarfed by the 20.4 billion total connected devices. Understanding how these technologies work, where and how they store data, and what it all means for criminal investigations has never been more important.
Nowadays, nearly every crime involves some kind of digital evidence. As the number of connected devices and data they create increases, the numbers of staff who image, search, and analyze the evidence often remain limited. “Doing more with less” can lead to case backlogs, which can mount from months into years as digital forensics labs compete for resources with other divisions, each of which can make its own claim to public safety or corporate information security.