I am a detective (computer crimes, sex offense related crimes, child sexual abuse material related crimes, and digital forensics incident response) with a medium sized city police department. Approximately ten years ago I began to get into digital forensics related to criminal investigations, including all types of crimes. I started with mobile phones, then external media, and eventually went to training involving desktops and laptop systems. All of the hardware / software I have used and received training on has been based on Microsoft Windows systems with some exceptions for Apple Mac OS systems. Approximately one year ago I become interested in various Linux distros. About four months ago I started making Linux my daily driver, for personal use. Currently I’ve settled on using Pop!_OS.
I’m looking for dependable and reliable, Linux based applications for doing digital forensics of all types (external media, mobile phones, etc.). I’m open and interested in any suggestions related to hardware or software.
I have started to familiarizing myself with Autopsy Digital Forensics and I have attended their basic course online, Autopsy Basics and Hands On (8-Hours). I have also started familiarizing myself with the distro Kali Linux as well.
It can be difficult to get local government funding for hardware, software, and training related to digital forensic investigations even though a mobile phone of some type is involving in almost every investigation.
I’m looking for some people with experience in this field that has come up with Linux based, open source, solutions that I can depend on.
The agency that I work for does received some small amounts of grant money and currently budgets for a license Cellebrite UFED and Cellebrite Physical Analyzer.
Thank you and I look forward to this discussion.