MSAB is part of the new European standard for mobile forensics

MSAB, a global leader in forensic technology for mobile device investigations, has been part of the EU funded project, ForMobile. ForMobile is a consortium of partners, working collaboratively to create an end-to-end mobile forensic investigation chain, striving to improve digital safety and security in the EU while respecting fundamental rights. “We are very proud to be the sole provider of digital forensic solutions in the project. MSAB has played a vital role in developing the tools, standards and training for law enforcement agencies all over the world. the world. EU“, says Joel Bollö, CEO of MSAB.

The ForMobile project started on the 8 May 2019 in Mittweida, Germany. The consortium comprises nineteen institutions, from thirteen European states and two associated countries, representing law enforcement agencies, universities, research institutes, standards institutes and other EU agencies, like Interpol. ForMobile is a research and innovation project of the Horizon 2020 framework program which funds research, technological development and innovation. The rationale for the project is that cell phones pose a unique challenge to law enforcement, due to the sheer volume and variants in circulation. Over 85% of all criminal investigations include evidence from cellphones.

The three main objectives of ForMobile

The main objective of the ForMobile project has been to establish a complete end-to-end forensic chain for mobile devices through three main objectives: tools, standards and training.
1) Tools – Develop advanced and innovative tools and software for successful data acquisition, retrieval, analysis and visualization.
2) Standard – A best practice, standardized process for the cell phone forensic chain, “from cell phones to court”.
3) Training – Provide law enforcement with the necessary training to effectively use new tools and successfully follow standard procedures.
The work has been divided into 10 work packages which reflect the chain of analysis used by security practitioners who examine moving evidence.

“The objective of this project has been to improve digital safety and security in the EU while respecting fundamental rights. MSAB has been instrumental in supporting and funding research in these efforts to ensure that due consideration is given to the right to privacy as well as the right to a fair trial. This is also reflected in the development of a new EU Standards document specifically written to guide law enforcement on mobile forensics covering people, processes, tools and ethical considerations,” says Joel Bollö, CEO of MSAB.

EU is a connected society. Mobile phones are used to constantly share information, files and images. Much of this is innocent, but criminals and terrorists use the same channels to communicate. ForMobile addresses this risk and will benefit three key groups; New tools, standards and training will facilitate the work of security practitioners. Research groups will benefit by gaining access and insight into the latest information and techniques in the mobile forensic industry. EU Citizens will feel safer and will consider Europe a safer and more pleasant place to live.

“The introduction of the tools, supported by standardized processes and relevant training, means law enforcement will improve their investigative capabilities. Using solutions and methods that weren’t there before will allow them to recover evidence from encrypted mobile phones, and data stored in cloud services.In addition to integrating knowledge about cloned phones and anti-forensic methods into the process of forensic investigation.Criminals use phones devices to communicate, coordinate, organize and execute illegal activities. It is imperative that law enforcement have the means to access, decode and use the data as evidence – in a safe, trustworthy and reliable manner”, says Dirk Pawlaszczyk , project manager at ForMobile.

End of project
As the 3-year ForMobile project ends in June 2022the project team met with external stakeholders during a two-day event at the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague April 28 and 29 for the presentation of the project results. The final results of the work packages, the submission of the technical report will be delivered in mid-May and the final review meeting will take place in June. When the project ends, the project objectives have been achieved – the standard has been published, prototype tools are ready for use and the pilot training has been successful.

For more information please contact:
Joel Bollö, CEO MSAB. Email: [email protected] Phone: +46 8739 0270
Dirk Pawlaszczyk, ForMobile Project Manager. Email: [email protected] Phone: +49 2737581218

About MSAB
MSAB is the world leader in forensic technology for examining mobile devices. MSAB develops high-quality, easy-to-use mobile forensic solutions that empower law enforcement and help them fulfill their missions. MSAB serves a growing number of customers in more than 140 countries around the world by offering them a complete solution to help them achieve long-term sustainable success in three areas: mining, analysis and management control.

About ForMobile
ForMobile is funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement No 832800. Article (2) of Regulation No 1290/2013 on Horizon 2020 Rules of Participation. European Commission defines the basic idea of ​​the funding by stating that “Horizon 2020 should be implemented with a view to contributing directly to the creation of industrial leadership, to growth and jobs and to the well-being of citizens in Europe“. The ForMobile Consortium serves this demand with its Description of Action (DoA) and its diverse consortium consisting of 19 partners from 15 different countries representing law enforcement (HO, MIR-PN, KWPP, MPF, PJ), universities (HSMW, TUD, UPat, KSTU), research institution (FORTH), standards institution (ASI), public bodies (NFI, NMPS, ZITiS), non-profit organizations (PPHS, LIF) and for profit (MSAB, TLX, SI The technical tools are developed by the European partners HSWM (Project coordinator), NFI, TUD, MSAB and ZITiS.,c3560125

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