Digital Forensics Investigator Advises Use of IoT in the Police Force


One forensics investigator said that the Internet of Things can help the police force to make their investigations easily / Photo by: Federal Bureau of Investigation via Flickr


Based on his work as a digital forensics investigator, Jonathan Rajewski shares that the Internet of Things (IoT) can give further advantages to the police force, many of which can help police officers tackle police investigations more efficiently.

Rajewski, who is also the director of the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at the Champlain College, says the first thing to do is to actually get to know the system. In his article for Police One, he aims to encourage police officers and investigators to try and learn as much as they can with this piece of technology, and engage in informative discussions with salespeople who are familiar with the devices and the systems.

The second helpful thing to do is rely on devices that may provide you with additional data on cases: look for digital witnesses. Much of this is already being done by many in the force, gathering surveillance evidence or transaction record that “might help corroborate a story.” These are all relevant in building a case.

In line with this, Rajewski still advises being mindful of people involved with the case. He encourages asking their permission if they could access their data to further gather data about the case. If they would allow investigators to probe Facebook messages, that is well and good, just as long as consent is given.

There might be people who feel daunted by learning about the IoT, but Rajewski’s advice is to actually just let experts on the matter help you feel your way around the technology. Knowing the basics of it all is already a big step in the right direction.

One other interesting thing about the advent of the IoT is that even a lack of data may also stand as evidence.

Rajewski writes: “When a device goes offline, it often means something…Pay attention to where the data stops. This is also an important part of the story.”