Meet the Expert: David Smalley
David Smalley
Director, Digital Forensics

To understand what makes a strong digital forensics team we first need to ensure everyone reading has some knowledge about the five major types of digital forensics:

  • Computer Forensics: Computer forensics deals with data stored in computers, laptops, and hard disk drives by recovering, analyzing, and maintaining data to use as evidence.
  • Mobile Phone and Smartphone Forensics: It’s 2023. Chances are good that you’re reading these words on a mobile device or have one in your pocket.  It’s also well known in the law enforcement community that mobile devices are the most preferred devices for perpetrators to store and collect information. Mobile forensics is the specialty of analyzing and recovering data stored in smartphones, tablets, USB sticks and more. That’s why Grayshift focuses on developing and innovating technology like GrayKey that assists law enforcement with extracting data from the latest iOS and Android technologies.
  • Network and Software Forensics: Network forensics scrutinizes, collects, recovers, and stores data from networks and online servers.
  • Forensic Data Analysis: Forensic Data Analysts examine, collect, and store data and evidence and monitor it to prevent financial crimes and illegal activities. This form of digital forensics focuses on analyzing and collecting data to look for signs of fraudulent activity. It’s important when investigating money laundering and other financial crimes.
  • Database Forensics: Database Forensics is related to databases and their metadata. Computer or mobile forensics teams typically analyze, recover, and store evidence for database forensics. ArtifactIQ by Grayshift works with GrayKey to help mobile forensics teams analyze the data they unlock.

Grayshift specializes in creating modern mobile forensics technology for law enforcement agencies and their mobile forensics teams. However, this wouldn’t be possible without our Digital Forensics Specialist (DFS) team, who has a background in law enforcement and various forms of digital forensics. As Director of the Digital Forensics team here at Grayshift, I wanted to share some of my takeaways from a strong DFS team.

5 Signs Of A Strong Digital Forensics Team

  1. Staying up to date with the latest technologies and techniques: The field of digital forensics is constantly evolving, and it’s important for team members to stay up to date with the latest technologies and techniques in order to remain effective in their work and respective digital forensics specialty.
  2. Strong problem-solving skills: DFS team members are often called upon to solve complex and challenging problems, and strong problem-solving skills are essential in this field. This may involve analyzing large amounts of data (as noted above), developing creative solutions to technical challenges, and the need to think critically and logically.
  3. Attention to detail: Digital Forensic Specialists must be meticulous and detail-oriented in their work, as even small errors or oversights can have serious consequences. It’s important to pay close attention to detail and to double-check work to ensure quality and accuracy.
  4. Effective communication and collaboration: DF Specialists work as part of a team, and it’s important to communicate effectively and collaborate with team members to achieve success. This involves clearly articulating concepts to non-technical stakeholders and working effectively with colleagues from different backgrounds and expertise.
  5. Time management and organizational skills: Digital Forensic Specialists often work on multiple projects at once, and it’s important to manage time effectively and stay organized to meet deadlines and deliver high quality work. This involves setting clear priorities and creating systems to track progress and stay on track.

Our DFS team strives to build on progress and positivity all year long to help law enforcement make the world a better place for everyone. You can learn more about Grayshift’s Digital Forensic Specialist team members by browsing the “From The Lab…” series:

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