Visible to the public A Review of Mobile Forensic Investigation Process Models

TitleA Review of Mobile Forensic Investigation Process Models
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsAl-Dhaqm, A., Razak, S. A., Ikuesan, R. A., Kebande, V. R., Siddique, K.
JournalIEEE Access
KeywordsAnalytical models, digital forensics, forensic practitioners, Human Behavior, information forensics, investigation process model, Metrics, MF field, MF transitions, MFIPMs, mobile computing, mobile devices, mobile forensic investigation process models, mobile forensic tools, mobile forensics, mobile forensics field, mobile scenarios, mobile-based services, pubcrawl, redundant investigation processes, resilience, Resiliency, reviews, Scalability, smart phones, Tools, Unified modeling language
AbstractMobile Forensics (MF) field uses prescribed scientific approaches with a focus on recovering Potential Digital Evidence (PDE) from mobile devices leveraging forensic techniques. Consequently, increased proliferation, mobile-based services, and the need for new requirements have led to the development of the MF field, which has in the recent past become an area of importance. In this article, the authors take a step to conduct a review on Mobile Forensics Investigation Process Models (MFIPMs) as a step towards uncovering the MF transitions as well as identifying open and future challenges. Based on the study conducted in this article, a review of the literature revealed that there are a few MFIPMs that are designed for solving certain mobile scenarios, with a variety of concepts, investigation processes, activities, and tasks. A total of 100 MFIPMs were reviewed, to present an inclusive and up-to-date background of MFIPMs. Also, this study proposes a Harmonized Mobile Forensic Investigation Process Model (HMFIPM) for the MF field to unify and structure whole redundant investigation processes of the MF field. The paper also goes the extra mile to discuss the state of the art of mobile forensic tools, open and future challenges from a generic standpoint. The results of this study find direct relevance to forensic practitioners and researchers who could leverage the comprehensiveness of the developed processes for investigation.
Citation Keyal-dhaqm_review_2020