Qualitative Analysis for Platform Independent Forensics Process Model (PIFPM) for Smartphones
This paper details how forensic examiners determine the mobile device process and if the Platform Independent Forensics Process Model for Smartphones (PIFPM) helps them in achieving the goal of examining a smartphone. The researcher conducted interviews, presented the PIFPM process to the examiners, and supplied surveys that the examiners were exposed to. Using convenience sampling, the frequency and percent distribution of each examiner is given as well as strengths and weaknesses of PIFPM as it relates to the examiner. Based on the hypotheses given by the researcher, the results were either refuted or supported through sampling from the forensic examiners. The goal of this paper is to uncover interesting details that the researcher overlooked when examining a smartphone.
KeywordsPlatform Independent Forensics Process Model (PIFPM) Digital forensics Interviews Mobile device forensics
I would like to thank Dr. David A. Dampier, Professor and Interim Chair of Information Systems and Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, the forensic examiners at the National Center for Forensics at Mississippi State University, Mississippi and the forensic examiners at the Attorney General’s Office in Jackson, Mississippi.
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