Recently, Apple announced that it has taken new and significant measures to strengthen privacy on mobile devices, which will ensure that it is no longer possible for Apple or law enforcement to unlock encrypted devices. The news quickly triggered a reaction from FBI Director James Comey who stated that he was “very concerned” about these new steps and then went on to say that “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.”
The FBI’s concern is fully justified; computer crime has become an extremely sophisticated, global and lucrative business that continues to grow in its prevalence and frequency. According to a recent study from the security company McAfee, the annual cost to the global economy from cyber crime is now more than $400 billion.
New and powerful technologies adopted by consumers and business offer the same advantages to criminals, potentially hampering forensic investigations and rendering many traditional tools and techniques obsolete. Ironically, the powerful encryption necessary to protect our data has become an important part of the modern criminal’s toolbox.
To further complicate matters, there is a deep shortage of forensic experts. In addition, the sheer volume of complex data generated and stored in the cloud, on social media platforms and on mobile devices is allowing criminals to better cover their tracks — making the workload for investigators even greater.
While complex, these challenges are not insurmountable. However, they do present a series of long-term issues and questions, which must be addressed.
Four key areas of immediate concern include the needs:
For business and government leaders to better understand the importance of digital forensics and the cyber crime risks facing their organizations?
To strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and private enterprise and to promote best practices for conducting joint cyber crime investigations.
To inspire appropriate individuals to enter the cyber security field and to use their skills to improve investigation and support methods.
To keep pace with technology and to move toward a 24/7 “Forensics as a Service” model that uses the cloud’s powerful processing power to facilitate complex investigations.
Source : http://www.edelman.com/post/future-digital-forensics-investigations/