USB Restricted Mode and Forensics – Is There a Workaround?

By John Ahearne, Forensic Analyst, and Bob Mehr, Sr. Legal Services Advisor

lightening connector for Apple iPhone or iPad

Apple confirmed on June 14 that a security feature announced at the June 4th Worldwide Developers Conference, called USB Restricted Mode, will come standard with the upcoming iOS 12 operating system for iPhone and iPad smart devices. This optional function disables communication with an iOS device via the USB lightning port when the device has not been used or logged into for at least an hour. A device in USB Restricted Mode can be unlocked using the passcode previously programmed into it by its user. Continue reading

Daily Journal: E-discovery for lawyers who like paper

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Written by Bob Mehr, Senior Legal Services Advisor, DriveSavers, Inc.

Lawyers everywhere who have historically conducted paper discovery are constantly faced with the challenge of e-discovery. In truth, the electronic process is not that different from the paper process these lawyers may be accustomed to, and may even be easier to handle, once they grasp the new process.

This article is to help people who are rooted in paper to understand, appreciate and even grow to like e-discovery. Continue reading

May 1–2: U.S. Courts CSA IT Conference

San Diego, CA • May 1–2

DriveSavers will be one of only 25 top technology companies at the U.S. Courts CSA IT Conference.

The purpose of this event is to provide training to U.S. Courts computer system administrators working in federal defender offices nationwide. Most of the training provided is designed specifically for the federal defender IT staff and is not available elsewhere. The conference will provide national training on system administration, litigation support, and emerging courtroom and office technology.

Find DriveSavers to meet Rene Novoa, DriveSavers Sr. Manager of eDiscovery and Digital Forensics.

Learn more about this event.

Digital Forensic Process—Presentation

By John Ahearne, Forensic Analyst

This article is part of a series that delves into each step of the digital forensic process. If you missed one of the previous articles, you can read them at the links below:

In this article, we outline certain digital forensic best practices on writing reports for the purpose of presentation of digital analysis and evidence. Continue reading

Digital Forensic Process—Analysis

By John Ahearne, Forensic Analyst

culling data through digital forensic analysis

This article is part of a series that delves into each step of the digital forensic process. If you missed one of the previous articles, you can read them at the links below:

Analysis of Digital Evidence

Forensic digital analysis is the in-depth analysis and examination of electronically stored information (ESI), with the purpose of identifying information that may support or contest matters in a civil or criminal investigation and/or court proceeding. Continue reading

Legal Technology Moves Into “IoT” Territory

By Bob Mehr, Sr. Legal Services Advisor

Internet of Things (IoT)

Technology is changing today’s legal landscape as courts grapple with a wave of electronic evidence coming from places and things that connect to the Internet. This new evidence is from sources we never imagined would be admissible, including smartphones, doorbells, virtual assistants and even implanted medical devices. Continue reading