Disconnects of Specialized Mobile Digital Forensics within the Generalized Field of Digital Forensic Science

Disconnects of Specialized Mobile Digital Forensics within the Generalized Field of Digital Forensic Science

Gregory H. Carlton (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA) and Gary C. Kessler (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJITN.2018070106
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The study and practice of forensic science comprises many distinct areas that range from behavioral to biological to physical and to digital matters, and in each area forensic science is utilized to obtain evidence that will be admissible within the legal framework. This article focuses on inconsistencies within the accepted methodology of digital forensics when comparing the current best practices of mobile digital devices and traditional computer devices. Here the authors raise the awareness of this disconnect in methodology, and they posit that some specific tasks within the traditional best practices of digital forensic science are artifacts of ritual rather than based on scientific requirements.
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Mobile Digital Forensic Methodology

Before Mobile digital forensic methodology evolved from the traditional digital forensic methodology; however, it quickly became apparent that many of the canons of traditional digital forensic methodology simple do not work with contemporary digital devices. The courts initially admitted evidence from these mobile devices based on data acquired by methods that deviated from the traditional best practices based on the best evidence rule. This rule applies when an acceptable excuse is provided for the absence of the approved method (Legal Information Institute, 2016).

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