Mobile Forensic Investigations: A Guide

Lee Reiber

Published by

McGraw Hill Education




Reviewed by

Jim McGhie CEng, MBCS, CITP


9 out of 10

Given the ubiquity and ease of use of today’s mobile devices I was under the misguided impression that extracting their information was a straightforward process, until I read Lee Reiber’s comprehensive manual on the subject. The guide details in full the latest thinking, tools and methods available to conduct effective mobile forensic investigations in order to obtain the evidence required to successfully secure a prosecution.

The first chapter sets the subject in context, discussing the world of mobile forensics together with a short history of mobile devices. It notes device examination must take into account the range of data media possibly associated with a single device, for example, SIM cards, storage cards and back-up storage to other systems.

Chapter two discusses the contrasts between computing forensics and mobile devices suggesting a forensics methodology and an approach based on a recognised industry workflow diagram. The following chapter provides guidelines on the seizure of devices and the planning required to ensure that nothing is overlooked in the searching and collection of the devices, drives and associated storage media. Chapter four explains how the seized devices should be prepared and protected prior to examination. Chapters five and six discuss the toolsets available to aid the forensic examiner and continues with advice on the right environment for device collection and storage.

Chapters nine to twelve deal in explicit detail with the analysis of SIM cards, feature phone data and advanced IOS exploration whilst the advanced Android operating system is the subject of Chapter thirteen. It completes its journey through the topic by detailing how investigators should document and present their analysis and findings.

This book will prove of value to anyone involved or interested in mobile forensics, both newcomers to the topic and battle hardened investigators. Throughout the book tips highlight useful mobile forensics software, including free open source applications. With each chapter written in a stand-alone fashion the book also provides a useful reference volume for anyone wishing to learn or develop a particular aspect of the subject.

I award the book 9 out of 10 for its coverage of the subject matter and readability.

Further information: McGraw Hill Education

February 2017