GIAC Launches New Certification for Advanced Smartphone Forensics, GASF

Bethesda, Md. – GIAC, the leading provider and developer of Cyber Security Certifications, has launched a new certification for GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensics (GASF).

The new GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensics is for professionals who want to demonstrate that they are qualified to perform forensic examinations on devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Candidates are required to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of mobile forensics, device file system analysis, mobile application behavior, event artifact analysis and the identification and analysis of mobile device malware. Get certified in GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensics:

Successful GASF candidates will demonstrate an advanced understanding, and application, of core smartphone forensic analysis concepts and techniques to extract artifacts from mobile devices and its components. Certified individuals will be able to leverage tools, scripts and decoding techniques to parse data and determine how the artifact was placed on the device and how it pertains to the investigation.

"The new GASF is the first smartphone forensic certification that focuses on analysis and not just tool acquisition provided by commercial vendors. This certification shows that individuals not only understand how to leverage tools to acquire and triage data, but understand how the data was placed on the device, how to parse the data when the commercial tool cannot support it and most importantly what the artifact represents," stated Heather Mahalik, co-author of SANS training course FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics.

This certification is not associated with any mobile forensics vendor or tool, making it the only vendor-agnostic mobile forensic certification in the industry. For help with registering for the GASF certification exam, please email:

About GIAC
GIAC Certifications is a certification body featuring over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. GIAC has certified over 85,000 IT security professionals since it was founded in 1999. Eleven GIAC certifications are accredited under the IEC/ISO/ANSI 17024 quality standard for certifying bodies. GIAC is an affiliate of the SANS Institute. (

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (