Digital and Mobile Forensics

Thursday 23 June 2016


University of Portsmouth, School of Computing, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE| Map and directions

  • Presentation: Ground floor, Room BK0.20;
  • Practical: Ground floor, Room Digital Forensic Lab. (Limited to 18 places)

Your booking will be for the presentation only as all places for the practical are now booked, but there might be cancellations, so places could be available for the practical on the evening.

Free and open to all, but please book through the BCS website for arranging refreshments and particularly as the numbers are limited.

Joint meeting with BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG and the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Jonathan Crellin, University of Portsmouth  

Event details:

The event will have 2 components:

It begins with a talk focussing on the main issues and threats to successful digital forensics. Encryption is one of the biggest current challenges, in both computer forensics and particularly mobile forensics. Can forensic principles be maintained when examining digital devices? The continual expansion of processor speed (Moore's Law) has a similar impact on the capacity of digital storage, so the amount of data that must be examined is increasing exponentially (in a period where police service/scientific service budgets are being cut). The new (proposed) Investigatory Powers Bill introduces interesting issues over our notions of privacy, and how government agencies should be overseen.

The event continues as we move to our Digital Forensics Lab, with a practical exercise in using a mobile phone forensics suite, MSA XRY. You will work in a small investigation team, and will collect data from devices and review some simulated evidence, in the context of a potential criminal investigation. MSA XRY is used by most the UK High Tech Crime Units, along with other tools, and is reasonably straightforward to use. It can be used with mobile phones, SIM cards, and a variety of other type of small mobile device. ...but real phones have a huge amount of data on, so the problem is often not just getting the data but also working out what it might mean in relation to a proposed crime. The practical session ends with a discussion of what was found, and its potential implications...

The University of Portsmouth Digital Forensic Lab size means the number attending the practical session is only 18, so register early, although more can attend the talk

About the speaker:

Jonathan Crellin: 
Jonathan came from a background in Psychology and Ergonomics into Computing and has taught in several UK Universities, currently at the School of Computing, University of Portsmouth, where he is a Principle Lecturer. His interests are Human Computer
Interaction, and Digital Forensics. He has a variety of professional and vendor qualifications in computer and mobile forensic analysis. He is a member of the Interaction, and Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Groups of the BCS.