Internet of Things (IoT) Forensics
With fitness trackers, smart appliances, connected vehicles, and even entire smart cities, hyper-connectivity is the future. This future means that more data than ever will be collected concerning our habits, location, activities, health, and financial information. Virtues and vices will be stored electronically, and when that data is collected and stored, it can often be recovered using forensic tools and methodology.
Our digital forensics experts are trained and experienced in analyzing various forms of IoT devices. They have been, and continue to be, ahead of the curve on technological developments, from cellular location to radio frequency verification surveying and in-vehicle infotainment forensics. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional service to our clients, which can only be accomplished by being ready to face new sources of digital evidence head-on, with a passion for extensive research and training.
What is the Internet of Things? (IoT)
In plain language, the Internet of Things is composed of anything that is connected to the internet. This means that the tracking chip in the ear of a cow is as much a part of the Internet of Things as a mobile phone, computer, smartwatch, or connected vehicle.
Some electronics collect and disseminate data, such as an activity tracker that uses sensors to gather and transmit heart rate activity and steps. However, this data is not usually stored on the device itself. It is sent to a device, or data repository, with the processing power and storage capacity to handle the information that the device has collected. These repositories, like computers and mobile phones, have long been examined for evidence, which is where the use of a digital forensic examiner comes into play.
There are unique issues surrounding IoT data preservation and collection, as collecting the information sometimes must be done through cutting-edge or non-traditional methods within the digital forensic community. In these instances, it is paramount that the data collection be done in a way that complies with the best evidence rules and acceptable industry standards for digital forensics when dealing with novel forms of evidence.
Common IoT Devices
Both consumer and commercial products are undergoing a hyper-connectivity revolution. They all collect data, and much of that data can be of evidentiary value.
Using state-of-the-art forensic hardware and software, this data can be extracted and collected from devices including:
- Smart home assistants
- Connected vehicles
- Smart watches
- Home security systems
- Robot cleaners
- Smart appliances
- Fitness trackers
- Home surveillance
- Smart doorbells