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With the global smartphone market expected to total 1.75 billion users this year, it is rare for an investigator to conduct a digital forensic investigation that does not include a smartphone.

Digging for Data, Finding Evidence in Third-Party Applications

July 16, 2014 | by Heather Mahalik and Cesar Quezada | Basis Technology, SANS Institute | Articles | Comments

With the global smartphone market expected to total 1.75 billion users this year, it is rare for an investigator to conduct a digital forensic investigation that does not include a smartphone. While smartphone forensics has vastly improved over the years, third-party apps are making it increasingly difficult for investigators to find data. As a result, valuable evidence is being overlooked.

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Forensic Scientist Identifies 'Back Doors' Running on iOS

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Computer Forensics Reveal Murderous Searches

July 21, 2014 9:04 am | by Andy Kravetz, Journal Star | News | Comments

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NIST's Future without the NSA

July 21, 2014 8:40 am | by Brian Robinson | Blogs | Comments

Will the National Institute of Standards and Technology break its close relationship with the National Security Agency in developing cryptographic and cybersecurity standards? That seems very likely following a recent report by an outside panel of experts, and it will have implications for federal agencies.

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Computer Forensics with P2 Commander

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