1st Edition

Digital Forensics for Handheld Devices

By Eamon P. Doherty Copyright 2013
    332 Pages
    by CRC Press

    332 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population now owns a cell phone, which can hold evidence or contain logs about communications concerning a crime. Cameras, PDAs, and GPS devices can also contain information related to corporate policy infractions and crimes. Aimed to prepare investigators in the public and private sectors, Digital Forensics for Handheld Devices examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of investigating handheld digital devices.

    This book touches on all areas of mobile device forensics, including topics from the legal, technical, academic, and social aspects of the discipline. It provides guidance on how to seize data, examine it, and prepare it as evidence for court. This includes the use of chain of custody forms for seized evidence and Faraday Bags for digital devices to prevent further connectivity and tampering of evidence. Emphasizing the policies required in the work environment, the author provides readers with a clear understanding of the differences between a corporate investigation and a criminal investigation. The book also:

    • Offers best practices for establishing an incident response policy and seizing data from company or privately owned digital devices

    • Provides guidance in establishing dedicated examinations free of viruses, spyware, and connections to other devices that could taint evidence

    • Supplies guidance on determining protocols for complicated crime scenes with external media and devices that may have connected with the handheld device

    Considering important privacy issues and the Fourth Amendment, this book facilitates an understanding of how to use digital forensic tools to investigate the complete range of available digital devices, including flash drives, cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, and netbooks. It includes examples of commercially available digital forensic tools and ends with a discussion of the education and certifications required for various careers in mobile device forensics.

    The Cell Phone. Digital Camera. PDAs. GPS Devices. Corporate Investigations on a Netbook. Cell Phone Investigation Police. Recovering Existing or Deleted Data from USB Devices. Places to Work at Investigating Mobile Devices.


    Eamon P. Doherty, PhD, CCE, SSCP, CPP, is an associate professor and the Cybercrime Training Lab director at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), New Jersey. Dr. Doherty is a member of the High Tech Crimes Investigative Association, ASIS International, the FBI Infraguard, the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, the FDU Digital Forensics Club, the IACSP, and the American Society of Digital Forensics & eDiscovery. Dr. Doherty has also assisted with some law enforcement cell phone investigations and is the chairman of the New Jersey Regional Homeland Security Technology Committee.

    Dr. Doherty previously worked for Morris County Government in their M.I.S./I.S.D. section. Presently, Dr. Doherty has developed and taught many continuing education classes for FDU on the subjects of cell phone forensics, PDA forensics, and digital camera forensics.