Special Guest: Sahil Dudani – Virginia Tech, Cellebrite Intern

In this episode, we are joined by Sahil Dudani, Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech and intern at Cellebrite. He will be talking about the internship experience at Cellebrite and delving into the world of digital forensics backlogs and how to clear them.  

Clearing Digital Forensics Backlogs

Over the years there have been so many changes in the tech world which creates various challenges for forensic analysts; mainly staying current with all the updates. Cybercrime has increased consistently, so digital forensics is playing a bigger and bigger role in most criminal investigations. Major shifts in information technology have caused digital forensics to become a key player and a huge source of criminal evidence in the form of network evidence, mobile devices, wearables, laptops/desktops, and vehicle evidence.

Since there is such a large amount of digital evidence linked to crime, law enforcement is facing a huge backlog of around 6-18 months. Agencies often must go to out-of-state forensics labs to access devices and collect and analyze the data, causing additional delays.

What is the solution?

Sahil introduces an academic training program focusing on mobile forensics that is becoming a solution to the increasing digital forensics backlog challenge. The program has four basic steps:

  1. Training – Teaching students how to perform data collection and analysis on various devices
  2. Practical Collaboration
  3. Intern/Co-op with Law Enforcement/Triple Letter Agencies
  4. Full-Time Opportunities with Law Enforcement/Triple Letter Agencies

Listen to the full episode to hear more about solutions to the increasing digital forensics backlog challenge and also what life as a Cellebrite intern is like.

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