Training, along with a new standard for mobile forensics and a suite of new tools, forms the backbone of the project. When working in unison, all will help achieve the overarching goal of the project - an end-to-end forensic investigation chain for mobile devices. 

The training efforts related to the project are completed in work package 7. The Norwegian Police University College and the Foundation for Research and Technology from Greece are the key leads in this work package; although, a selection of other project partners are contributing to activities. All parties, together with LEAs and commercial players, aim to create and introduce a new and novel curriculum for mobile forensics.

The activities of WP7 are split into 3 distinct phases –

Mobile forensics, phased approach to training - FORMOBILE

The Novel Curriculum & Framework

Through literature review, course analysis, questionnaires and interviews with educators, trainers and LEOs, WP7 have devised a curriculum.

 WP7 has devised a framework to cover the entire chain of a mobile forensic investigation. The idea is to support actors working throughout the entire investigative process. 

The framework includes six main phases of an investigation “from crime scene to court”:

Mobile Forensics Investigation Framework - FORMOBILE From Mobile Phones to Court

Courses

Consist of online materials, a physical campus week, webinars, and workshops across prominent areas in mobile forensics. The length and setting of each course have been determined by, the topic, the content required, length of time to learn and assess, the number of trainers required, the number of potential attendees and the stakeholders.

Training target groups include first responders (including investigators), mobile forensic analysts and experts (from common labs and highly specialised labs), law enforcement management (e.g. managers with no digital forensics expertise), prosecution and judges.

Mobile Forensics Course Overview Illustration

The scope of FORMOBILE- until the end of this project (April 2022) - includes a minimum of seven non-confidential courses and two confidential courses. The non-confidential courses are aimed at several audiences within law enforcement (LE) and include:  

Certification 

Depending on your role, you will be required to take certain courses to achieve the necessary certificate. The illustration below provides an overview of course paths for the most common roles. 

Mobile Forensic Training - FORMOBILE Certification Path All the courses and content has been considered carefully and is based on the requirements and gaps identified through interactions with LEAs. The progressively challenging training courses should provide officers with the knowledge and skills to work with mobile devices and use technologies to streamline the process of completing investigations. The new curriculum developed through FORMOBILE will hopefully pave the way for ongoing and iterative developments to give LEAs the expertise and practical skills required to meet the demands of an evolving and complex industry.

To stay updated with the progress of the FORMOBILE training initiatives and to gain access to the full version of the curriculum and the rationale behind its creation – sign up to the FORMOBILE Secure Portal for LEAs and Governmental institutions.

Also, if you have questions related to the training please visit FORMOBILE's FAQ page there you will find answers to most common questions directed at the WP7 team.