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FOR585 Advanced Smartphone and Mobile Device Forensics Preview: Android vs. iOS - Battle of the Smartphones: Data Retention

  • Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT (17:00:00 UTC)
  • Heather Mahalik
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Overview

In this webcast, we'll compare application data stored on both Android and iOS Devices. Both Android and iOS devices rely upon SQLite database files to store application data within the handsets memory. Android also utilizes external storage for application data storage. What occurs when the SD card containing application data is removed from the Android device? This webcast contains key material directly from the upcoming course "FOR585 Advanced Smartphone and Mobile Device Forensics" to demonstrate data retention on two of the most popular smartphones.

In addition, how do these smartphones handle deleted data? Do they encrypt application data? What challenges are involved in examining application data on Android and iOS devices. The similarities and differences will be highlighted in this smartphone overview of the new FOR585 course.

Speaker Bio

Heather Mahalik

Heather Mahalik is leading the forensic effort for Ocean's Edge as a project manager. Heather's extensive experience in digital forensics began in 2003. She is currently a certified instructor for the SANS Institute and is the course lead for FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics. Most of Heather's experience includes:

  • Smartphone forensics: including acquisition, analysis, vulnerability discovery, malware analysis, application reverse engineering, and manual decoding
  • Forensic instruction on mobile, smartphone, computer and Mac forensics in support of the U.S. Government, LE, and commercial level
  • Co-author of Practical Mobile Forensics, currently a best seller from Pack't Publishing
  • Technical editor for Learning Android Forensics from Pack't Publishing

Previously, Heather led the mobile device team for Basis Technology, where she focused on mobile device exploitation in support of the U.S. Government. She also worked as a forensic examiner at Stroz Friedberg and the U.S. State Department Computer Investigations and Forensics Lab, where she focused her efforts on high profiles cases. Heather maintains www.smarterforensics.com where she blogs and hosts work from the digital forensics community.

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