Advanced Smartphone Forensics

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About the course

Instructor: Jess Garcia
6,275 EUR 6,025 EUR paid by Mar 4

GASF Certification
Affiliate Pricing
36 CPEs
Laptop Required

Masters Program

FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics will help you understand:

Where key evidence is located on a smartphone
How the data got onto the smartphone
How to recover deleted mobile device data that forensic tools miss
How to decode evidence stored in third-party applications
How to detect, decompile, and analyze mobile malware and spyware
Advanced acquisition terminology and free techniques to gain access to data on smartphones
How to handle locked or encrypted devices, applications, and containers




A smartphone lands on your desk and you are tasked with determining if the user was at a specific location at a specific date and time. You rely on your forensic tools to dump and parse the data. The tools show location information tying the device to the place of interest. Are you ready to prove the user was at that location? Do you know how to take this further to place the subject at the location of interest at that specific date and time? Tread carefully, because the user may not have done what the tools are showing!

Mobile devices are often a key factor in criminal cases, intrusions, IP theft, security threats, accident reconstruction, and more. Understanding how to leverage the data from the device in a correct manner can make or break your case and your future as an expert. FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics will teach you those skills.

Every time the smartphone "thinks" or makes a suggestion, the data are saved. It's easy to get mixed up in what the forensic tools are reporting. Smartphone forensics is more than pressing the "find evidence" button and getting answers. Your team cannot afford to rely solely on the tools in your lab. You have to understand how to use them correctly to guide your investigation, instead of just letting the tool report what it believes happened on the device. It is impossible for commercial tools to parse everything from smartphones and understand how the data were put on the device. Examination and interpretation of the data is your job and this course will provide you and your organization with the capability to find and extract the correct evidence from smartphones with confidence.

This in-depth smartphone forensic course provides examiners and investigators with advanced skills to detect, decode, decrypt, and correctly interpret evidence recovered from mobile devices. The course features 27 hands-on labs, a forensic challenge, and a bonus take-home case that allow students to analyze different datasets from smart devices and leverage the best forensic tools, methods, and custom scripts to learn how smartphone data hide and can be easily misinterpreted by forensic tools. Each lab is designed to teach you a lesson that can be applied to other smartphones. You will gain experience with the different data formats on multiple platforms and learn how the data are stored and encoded on each type of smart device. The labs will open your eyes to what you are missing by relying 100% on your forensic tools.

FOR585 is continuously updated to keep up with the latest malware, smartphone operating systems, third-party applications, acquisition shortfalls, and encryption. This intensive six-day course offers the most unique and current instruction on the planet, and it will arm you with mobile device forensic knowledge you can immediately apply to cases you're working on the day you leave the course.

Smartphone technologies are constantly changing, and most forensic professionals are unfamiliar with the data formats for each technology. Take your skills to the next level: it's time for the good guys to get smarter and for the bad guys to know that their smartphone activity can and will be used against them!


FOR585 Course Topics

Malware and Spyware on Smartphones

Determining if malware or spyware exist
Handling the isolation of the malware
Decompiling malware to conduct in-depth analysis
Determining what has been compromised

Forensic Analysis of Smartphones and Their Components

SD cards
Cloud-based backups and storage
Cloud synced data - Google and more
BlackBerry 10
Windows Phone
Chinese knock-offs

Deep-Dive Forensic Examination of Smartphone File Systems and Data Structures

Recovering deleted information from smartphones
Examining SQLite databases in-depth
Finding traces of user activities on smartphones
Recovering data from third-party applications
Tracing user online activities on smartphones (e.g., messaging and social networking)
Examining application files of interest
Manually decoding to recover missing data and verify results
Developing SQL queries to parse databases of interest
Understanding the user-based and smartphone-based artifacts

In-Depth Usage and Capabilities of the Best Smartphone Forensic Tools

Using your tools in ways you didn't know was possible
Leveraging custom scripts to parse deleted data
Carving data
Developing custom SQL queries
Conducting physical and logical keyword searches
Manually creating timeline generation and link analysis using information from smartphones
Using geolocation information from smartphones and smartphone components that can be used to place a suspect in a location when an artifact was created
Handling Locked and Encrypted Devices

Extracting evidence from locked smartphones
Bypassing encryption (kernel and application level)
Cracking passcodes
Decrypting backups of smartphones
Decrypting third-party application files
Examining encrypted data from SD cards

Incident Response Considerations on Smartphones

How your actions can alter the device
How to prevent remote access on the device
How to tie a user or activity to a device at a specific time
Can MDM hurt as much as help you?

Course Syllabus

FOR585.1: Malware Forensics, Smartphone Overview, and SQLite Introduction
FOR585.2: Android Forensics
FOR585.3: Android Backups and iOS Device Forensics
FOR585.4: iOS Backups, Windows, and BlackBerry 10 Forensics
FOR585.5: Third-Party Application and Knock-Off Forensics
FOR585.6: Smartphone Forensic Capstone Exercise

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