Is the Answer on a Mobile Device?

Russell W. Gilmore, CISSP, CISM, EnCE Electronic Data Recovery, Mobile Forensics


Quite often, yes.

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Clients have been complaining that John, your sales representative, hasn’t been showing up to scheduled appointments for months. You have also noticed that his area sales have been rapidly declining. However, John has been submitting reports for all the expenses he’s incurred while traveling. You decided to fire John due to the discrepancies in his reports. Now he’s suing you for wrongful termination. What can your company do to prove John was not where he said he was? How can you help prove that his termination was warranted? Mobile forensics can help answer those questions.

What can we find on a mobile device? As it turns out, quite a bit.

Previously, mobile forensics had been extremely difficult due to diversity in manufacturers and differences in technologies and applications. Thanks to the overwhelming need, software and technology now allow investigators to collect data stored on cell phones across platforms.

Is there a need to collect data from mobile phones, such as crimes or civil litigation? Investigators can often collect voicemail, GPS location information, and, on occasion, deleted data, images, and more.

Using the right tools and relying on investigative experience, forensics investigators can quickly make sense of the information contained on a mobile device.

With significant investigative and forensics experience, Protus3 continues to make important investments in tools and knowledge to improve our success rate in extracting data and preserving evidence. We set ourselves apart with our distinguished staff of investigators – most of whom have a law enforcement background – and our ability to collect and analyze the evidence extracted from devices. We not only see the IT side, but the investigative side as well.

For instance, in the case of John, Protus3 would be able to extract data and look for key points in his mobile history.

Did the device connect to hotel WiFi?

Was John using the GPS for driving directions?

Did John use applications such as OpenTable or Yelp during travel?

Protus3 can extract that data – and more – and determine if John was where he said he was.


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Protus3 specializes in security system design, security consulting, corporate investigations and other investigative services. Partner with Protus3 and we will examine each situation to identify threats and develop solutions for your best outcome.

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