This guide provides an in-depth look into mobile phones and explaining the technologies involved and their relationship to forensic procedures. It covers phones with features beyond simple voice communication and text messaging and their technical and operating characteristics. This guide also discusses procedures for the preservation, acquisition, examination, analysis, and reporting of digital information present on cell phones, as well as available forensic software tools that support those activities.
The objective of the guide is twofold: to help organizations evolve appropriate policies and procedures for dealing with cell phones, and to prepare forensic specialists to contend with new circumstances involving cell phones, when they arise. The guide is not all-inclusive nor is it prescribing how law enforcement and incident response communities handle mobile devices during investigations or incidents. However, from the principles outlined and other information provided, organizations should nevertheless find the guide helpful in setting policies and procedures.