20 Forensic Magazine | www.forensicmag.com JUNE 2017
forensic insider Digital DIGITAL FORENSIC INVESTIGATION
software, which guides you through the process step by
step, making it more efficient. In many cases, such as
investigating a criminal enterprise like human trafficking or narcotics networks, it is critical that the data be
extracted rapidly. Too often that lack of speed leads to
it being erased or the criminal organization changing
tactics. There is often no time for laboratory analysis,
days after a crime occurs. For this reason, the tools must
be easy to use for non-experts at the crime scene.
The next step is ensuring that the data extracted
from a variety of users, in a variety of settings, can be
shared in real time throughout law enforcement. For
this reason, there has been a strong trend toward the
use of solutions that feature resources such as kiosks or
other hardware and software that supports the shared
extraction and analysis of data from the crime scene to
the court room. By seamlessly linking the information
and insights gathered from the crime scene, police stations, investigators and labs, digital forensics can act
as a force multiplier for all those involved in the effort.
This approach not only fosters collaboration between
individuals and agencies, but levels the playing field
for smaller agencies that must pool their collective
Those in the mobile forensic space must be able to
adapt quickly to meet new issues. New products will
ideally be simple to use and therefore minimize the
requirement for infrastructure and training. As the IoT,
including automotive technology, continues to evolve
rapidly, it is essential that investigators have tools that
can keep pace with the global marketplace. As the
amount of apps and data continues to explode, and the
number of users expands as well, digital forensics must
serve as a force multiplier. Through the responsible
development and use of technology, we can support the
many important missions law enforcement undertakes,
and allow them to stay ahead of the game.
Joel Bollö has been the CEO of MSAB, a leader in forensic technology for mobile device examination, since 2002.
Its software is used by police, law enforcement, military,
government intelligence agencies and forensic laboratories
in over 100 countries worldwide to investigate crime, gather intelligence investigate fraud and fight corruption.
Vehicle systems were one of the first deployments in Io T and this sector continues to make rapid advancements that have proven central
to law enforcement.