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Guidelines on PDA Forensics, Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology



Wayne Jansen, Richard P. Ayers


Forensic specialists periodically encounter unusual devices and new technologies normally not envisaged as having immediate relevance from a digital forensics perspective. The objective of the guide is twofold: to help organizations evolve appropriate policies and procedures for dealing with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and to prepare forensic specialists to deal with new situations when they are encountered. This guide provides an in-depth look into PDAs and explains associated technologies and their impact on the procedures for forensic specialists. It covers the characteristics of three families of devices: Pocket PC, Palm OS, and Linux based PDAs and the relevance of various operating systems associated.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-72
Report Number


Computer forensics, digital evidence, mobile device security
Created November 1, 2004, Updated February 19, 2017