The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices and digital objects that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring direct communication between a person and computer. The growing implementation of the IoT will result in the connection of tens of billions of wireless devices to the Internet. These devices will form an intelligent network that will impact all aspects of life. From intelligent home control to advanced city management systems, devices interconnect and communicate with each other. Individually and collectively, these devices produce, access and use large amounts of personal and sensitive data.[blockquote animation=”” author=”Patrick Logan” ]The growing implementation of the IoT will result in the connection of tens of billions of wireless devices to the Internet. [/blockquote]
Digital Forensics (formerly known as Computer Forensics) is the forensic science comprised of the recovery, investigation and interpretation of data found in digital devices and IoT. Detecting the presence of IoT activity can pose additional challenges to digital forensic investigations. The complexities and instabilities of the IoT add to these challenges. For example, data from a “thing” may be transferred and consumed by another “thing” or a local network of “things.” Alternatively it may have been transferred to the cloud for storage or processing. Analyses of data from an IoT environment must include the source of evidence in order to demonstrate the evidence is reliable and authentic.