NIST gathers evidence on forensics tools for PDAs

Unisys to help DOD with health care recordsaAs crime goes high-tech, investigators need to be familiar with techniques and tools for gathering, preserving, analyzing and documenting data from digital devices.

Handheld devices such as personal digital assistants are becoming increasingly common and offer their own forensic challenges.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has evaluated some PDA software tools investigators can use to gather evidence.

The interagency report, PDA Forensic Tools: An Overview and Analysis, focuses mainly on applications for handheld devices running Palm OS or Pocket PC, as well as a few for Linux PDAs.

The evaluation was not comprehensive or a formal product test, NIST said. The work is part of the Computer Forensics Tool Testing project, a NIST program being done in conjunction with law enforcement and investigative organizations in the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice.

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