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Data breaches via mobile to rise

Anuradha Shukla | Oct. 1, 2013
Cellebrite announces trends in mobile forensics.

Data breaches via mobile are set to rise in the future, according to mobile forensic and mobile data transfer solutions provider Cellebrite.

Announcing a list of top trends in mobile forensics that will shape the next 12 months, the company says the coming months will see more encryption of data on smartphones to protect personal privacy and corporate data.

This trend will make forensic examination more challenging. Android captured as much as 75 percent of the market in the third quarter of 2012 but Cellebrite advises investigators not to rely very heavily on a single mobile operating system. 

“While Android is the predominant operating system, the bulk of the bandwidth is still taking place on Apple devices, making them critical to many investigations,” said Paul Henry, security and forensics analyst, vNet Security.

Although Android and Apple are popular, Microsoft will gain market share in the mobile device market over the coming 12 months. Specifically, Cellebrite's panel of experts predicts that the need for mobile forensic tools providing support for Windows 8 will increase.

Need for training 

The importance of mobile devices as witnesses has increased and this has driven the need for comprehensive training of e-discovery experts so that they can easily extract important data from these gadgets.

Few lawmakers and judges understand the nature of the technology making them very careful about cell phones. This can be addressed if they are educated about the scope and possibilities of mobile forensics.

However, an increase in mobile malware in the coming months will help perpetrators cover their tracks. This will make it more difficult for investigators to meet the threshold of reasonable doubt.

Mobile forensics vendors are advised to provide stronger capabilities for enterprise wide smartphone investigations. These capabilities are expected to support the investigation of data breaches that target smartphones.

“From the increasing use of mobile evidence to challenges stemming from the rise in tougher encryption methods, there are a number of areas that will demand the attention of mobile forensics professionals in the year ahead,” said Dave Golding, general manager of Cellebrite APAC. 

 

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