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I Beg to DFIR – Was it actually there? Location education on iOS and Android

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Aired: November 30, 2021
Duration: 1 hour

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Let’s be honest and agree that locations on mobile devices can be a nightmare. How do we know what we can trust? What are the ways to validate the artifact and most importantly, what if a location on the device is the only thing that is going to prove or disprove your case? Do you know where to start? Do you find the tools you rely upon to do mobile forensics to be confusing when it comes to parsed locations?

In this talk, we created a mini scenario to explain location artifacts that you can TRUST on iOS and Android devices. We will share details on what each artifact means, how the data gets onto the device and educate you on how reliable each artifact on the device may be. Sample data will be provided for you to try it for yourself! The first step in understanding the tools is to understand how the data got onto the device.


  • Ian Whiffin Senior Digital Intelligence Expert, Cellebrite
  • Jared Barnhart Senior Contract Trainer, Cellebrite
  • Heather Mahalik Senior Director of Digital Intelligence

    Heather Mahalik is the Senior Director of Digital Intelligence at Cellebrite. She advises on strategic digital intelligence operations and educates DFIR professionals on the latest challenges in the space and how Cellebrite helps address them. For more than 19 years, Heather has worked on high-stress and high-profile cases, investigating everything from child exploitation to Osama Bin Laden’s digital media. She has helped law enforcement, eDiscovery firms, and the federal government extract and manually decode artifacts used in solving investigations around the world.

    Heather is the co-author of Practical Mobile Forensics, currently a best seller from Pack’t Publishing and serves as a the DFIR Curriculum Lead, Senior Instructor, and author for FOR585: Smartphone Forensic Analysis In-Depth at the SANS Institute.

  • Ronen Engler Senior Manager, Technology and Innovation

    For the last 10 years, Ronen Engler has handled special projects at Cellebrite. All together Ronen has over 20 years of engineering experience and holds a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from NYU.

  • Paul Lorentz Senior Solutions Engineer

    Paul’s 15 years law enforcement spanned various sections. From patrol, to traffic enforcement, High risk offender management to Computer Forensic Unit.

    A father of three kids, and his interests are cycling, fly fishing, hockey, football ( soccer ) and beaver tails.

  • Matt Goeckel Solutions Engineer

    Matt joined Cellebrite after spending almost 18 years in law enforcement. He last acted as the forensic examiner at his police department conducting examinations on devices relating to a large variety of criminal cases.

    Matt doesn’t have spare time, but if he did, he would probably be doing something outdoors.