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No tool fits all – Why Building a solid Toolbox Matters

  • Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 3:30 PM EDT (19:30:00 UTC)
  • Heather Mahalik
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Overview

In the world of forensics, mobile device investigations could be the most complicated of all. Ever changing technology guarantees that when it comes to you and your forensic tools, there is no such a thing as a monogamous relationship.  There are a plethora of mobile forensics tools available to make your job easier, but do they? What happens when the tool cannot support an application relevant to your investigation? What happens when the tools disagree about an artifact and the results don't match? What happens if the user upgraded the OS on their device and your tool cannot support it? What do you do? In this talk, we will discuss the importance of using multiple tools during your mobile device investigation, how a simple upgrade can wreak havoc on your investigation, but most importantly, how success depends on you, as you perform manual verifications and confirm your forensic tools are presenting data correctly.

Speaker Bio

Heather Mahalik

Heather has worked on high-stress and high-profile cases, investigating everything from child exploitation to Osama Bin Laden’s media. She has helped law enforcement, eDiscovery firms, and the federal government extract and manually decode artifacts used in solving investigations around the world. All told she has more than 14 years of experience in digital forensics, including eight years focused on mobile forensics – there’s hardly a device or platform she hasn’t researched or examined or a commercial tool she hasn’t used. These days Heather is the Director of Forensic Engineering at ManTech CARD. Heather previously led the mobile device team for Basis Technology, where she focused on mobile device exploitation in support of the federal government. She also worked as a forensic examiner at Stroz Friedberg and the U.S. State Department Computer Investigations and Forensics Lab, where she handled a number of high-profile cases. She has also developed and implemented forensic training programs and standard operating procedures. @HeatherMahalik

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