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Police work is mostly about solving cases, and this is not a trivial task. Gathering clues and hints is important to achieve the desired outcome. Everyone today has a mobile device on them wherever they go, and these devices are storing a lot of information (calls, chats, locations, pictures, contacts), leveraging this data for investigation is just common logic. Researchers conducted on investigation process proved that evidence or clues that are gathered within the first 48 hours are imperative to solving cases, and the statistics shows that when there is no real direction the chances to ever solve the case decreases by 50 percent. So the need for speed is clear, and providing actionable data extracted from mobile devices is a necessity. How can this be done? A mobile forensic examiner would require years of experience to develop the right skill sets to overcome different technical challenges of obtaining forensically sound evidence. How can we speed the process and move mobile data recovery from the forensic labs, where we have the experts, to the field where we have excellent investigators whom ar not experts in mobile forensics? This is the exact challenge we faced at Cellebrite when we started planning and designing our UFED InField solution. We have consulted with many of our customers (both digital forensic experts and police investigators), and together we defined the criteria and needs of users for field mobile extraction. There were three main obstacles we needed to address:
  1. Extraction duration – it must be quick and effective, as in the field there is no time for long process.
  2. Simplicity – The users are not technical nor forensic experts, and therefore the flow should be as simple as possible.
  3. Deployment management – When you have a wide deployment of devices across the country to enable investigative teams to perform mobile extraction quickly, you must have a tool to manage the deployment and set flows per the need on the agency.
With new release of UFED InField 5.2, we kept the above three challenges as part of our product design guidelines, and indeed, based on the feedback from our beta customers, we gained a lot of progress. Meeting all the needs for field forensics is a journey, and together with our customers will continue to research and develop new capabilities to make the experience simplified and efficient as possible. Join the journey and discussion share your ideas and feedback by posting a comment below. Perhaps together we can help build a safer society. I am hosting a webinar next week, Wed. June 22nd, on how you can simplify mobile data access in the field to speed investigations. Click here to register. _ARS6348_NewKiosk_22may2016  
The Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO) certification course recently joined our Mobile Forensic Fundamentals online class, officially making Cellebrite the first mobile forensics vendor to offer any kind of online certification training. Online training is valuable when you are unable to travel, can’t take time away from work, or simply prefer online learning. On-demand online training scales for organizations that need to train large teams simultaneously and cost-effectively, because participants can learn without interruption to operations. Cellebrite’s on-demand, self-paced courses are instructionally equivalent to Cellebrite’s instructor-led training (ILT) courses. In fact, Cellebrite Certified Instructors are integrated “virtually” into the online course. This enables you to receive real-time feedback on your progress through dynamic navigation and regular “learning checks.” You can also revisit lessons for review and additional practice. This interaction, along with scenario-based conditional logic—which offers different steps for you to follow as part of learning to think critically about mobile forensics—are part of practical exercises that help you to learn forensic techniques and processes hands on. In other words, this is not a pre-recorded webinar! Complete Cellebrite courses on your own time directly via the Cellebrite Learning Center. Our video describes this in greater detail: One part of a broader professional training strategy The new online offering follows the trajectory of Cellebrite’s comprehensive, standardized training curriculum, the first and only to be offered across three different delivery models. The curriculum began last year with classroom-based training and added instructor-led online training, followed by the Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner certification test, earlier this year. The availability of the CCME certification addresses hazards which ProPublica raised in its article “No Forensic Background? No Problem.” Although the article focused on certifications in the physical forensic sciences, it covered very similar issues found in the digital forensics community:
“There are a lot of people practicing, but there’s no assurance that they have the requisite training and board certification to see if they do have the skills to do the practical [work],” said Dr. Marcella Fierro, one of the NAS report’s authors and the former chief medical examiner of Virginia…. “Credentials are often appealing shortcuts,” Michigan circuit court judge Donald Shelton said. Fancy titles can have a disproportionate effect on juries, he added. “Jurors have no way of knowing that this certifying body, whether it’s this one or any other one, exacts scientific standards or is just a diploma mill.”
Cellebrite designed not just the CCLO and CCPA, but the CCME in particular, to address these issues by encouraging full professional proficiency and not just proficiency at using UFED tools. Enroll now in our online on-demand training as a first step toward certification! New-banner-for-training-blog-post_Oct2014