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NIST Mobile Forensics Workshop and Webcast


Forensics at NIST

On June 18, NIST will host the NIST Mobile Forensics Workshop and Webcast, a free one-day workshop and live webcast exploring the latest technology advancements and applications in mobile device forensics.


Anticipated Topics (see agenda):
  • Mobile forensics A – Z
  • Mobile forensics tool testing at NIST
  • Acquisition techniques
  • Mobile forensics in academia
  • Is mobile device forensics actually 'forensics'?
  • Open-source, Blackberry, and Apple forensics
  • Chip-off technology and JTAG analysis tools
  • Real-world applications and case work 
Mobile devices are ubiquitous in today’s society and often contain valuable information that can help investigators reconstruct events and solve crimes. There have been many research advancements in both mobile devices and the tools used to analyze these devices. With these advancements, investigators and analysts that rely on the outputs of the devices and tools require confidence that the evidence they find is reliable and reproducible. Stakeholders in the mobile forensic science community work together to keep pace with the rapid change experienced in this industry. These stakeholders perform research to develop new analysis tools, use collaborative venues to develop procedural standards, and validate tools through testing programs to support investigators through the investigation and judicial process. 

To educate attendees on the latest developments in the forensic analysis of mobile devices and how technologies are used in casework. The information provided will increase the situational awareness of investigators and criminal justice stakeholders across the United States about the latest trends, analysis protocols, and issues encountered when applying analysis tools to mobile devices. 

  • Discuss a broad range of technical mobile forensic topics, from basic to advanced concepts
  • Discuss mobile forensic research needs from academic and practitioner perspectives
  • Discuss mobile device forensics - is it actually ‘forensics’
  • Discuss the real-world application of mobile forensic analytical tools
  • Allow participants to ask questions directly of mobile forensics experts
Workshop presenters and attendees are anticipated to be forensic scientists, researchers, measurement science experts, statisticians, law enforcement, policy makers, and industry representatives. This workshop is applicable for the entire spectrum of interested parties which includes beginners in the criminal justice industry to advanced users of mobile forensic technologies.


Presentations Available:

Rick Ayers, NIST, Mobile Forensics Tool Testing at NIST

Sam Brothers, DHS, Acquisition Techniques: Mobile Forensics from A to Z

Kevin Mansell, Control-F Digital Forensics, Anybody Seen a Career Path Around Here?

Gary Kessler, Gary Kessler Associates, Is Mobile Device Forensics Actually "Forensics"?

Shafik Punja, Teel Technologies, Blackberry Forensics

Heather Mahalik, Basis Technology, Open-Source Mobile Forensics

Rick Mislan, Rochester Institute of Technology, Current State of Mobile Forensics in Academia

Cindy Murphy, Madison, Wisconsin, Police Department, Mobile Malware and Spyware Apps: Working Through the Bugs

Daren Melson, Wal-Mart, Real-World Mobile Forensics: The Intersection of Research, Academia and Case Work


Start Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
End Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Location: Administration Building (101), Green Auditorium, Gaithersburg, MD
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Workshop


Registration Closed.

WEBCAST: The workshop was webcast live. <<Please visit this page to access the webcast>>. The webcast will be available for playback approximately one week after the event.

Live Webcast Minimum Technical Requirements:

The Webcast will be streamed in medium bandwidth (350kbs), so viewers needed to have a constant connection during the webcast. 

Hardware and operating system configurations:

    • Windows XP (Internet Explorer or Firefox)
    • Windows Vista (Internet Explorer or Firefox)
    • Windows 7 (Internet Explorer or Firefox)
    • Apple Mac OS 10.5x (Firefox or Safari)
    • Ubuntu Linux (Firefox only) 

Media players

In order to access the event, you must have, at a minimum, Flash Player 10.x installed on your computer. Please visit http://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer/ to download the Flash Player. 

Internet browsers

In order to access the event, you must have either Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0+ or Mozilla Firefox 3+ browser for Windows operating systems. For accessing events via Mac operating systems you must have Mozilla Firefox 3+ or Safari 4.x.

Registration Contact:

Teresa Vicente, 301-975-3883


Technical Contact:

Richard Ayers


Vendor Contact:

nist forensic sciences