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The Impact of Security Apps on Digital Investigations

Lecture Theatre 011


Philip Anderson, Senior LecturerEE Philipanderson Staffprofile 255

Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University

Mobile messaging apps have often been an excellent source of evidence for various types of investigation details found in mobile chat apps, from drug dealing and stalking, to child exploitation and terrorism. However, in the current climate the demand for secure methods of communication has increased among ‘users’ as well as criminals to protect their communications. Various types of these secure messaging apps, such as Signal, Wickr Me and Telegram, are available in Google PlayStore and iTunes App Store and can be downloaded for free.

The presentation will discuss the current forensic approaches available for mobile phone examinations and the functionality of the different secure communication methods used that intentionally obscure or even delete data in some of the popular secure messaging apps. Consideration will be given to the impact of this functionality and the potential issues this might have on the identification and recovery of digital evidence on mobile phones.

This lecture is part of the Police Research and Education Network series that will draw upon leading research expertise within Northumbria University. Each seminar will provide an opportunity for staff to present their research findings on key topics for contemporary policing, reflecting on the challenge of developing evidence based for police practice.

The seminars are free to attend. They will be informal and are designed to promote debate between academics and practitioners from the police and other relevant agencies.

Refreshments will be available in front of Lecture Theatre 011, Design Building, City Campus East, NE2 1UY from 5pm.

Event Details

Lecture Theatre 011
Design Building, City Campus East
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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