MDF: Mobile Device Forensics


The IACIS Mobile Device Forensics Training Program is a 36-hour course of instruction, offered over five (5) consecutive days. This program will expand the students existing mobile forensic knowledge and skillset. It is designed to provide students with intermediate to advanced skills needed to detect, decode, decrypt, and analyze evidence recovered from mobile devices during mobile device investigations. Using instructor-led exercises and hands-on practical’s students will learn the necessary skills to go behind the automation processes of popular mobile forensic tools and will have gained the competency to apply these skills during an investigation to reveal the sources of cell phone data used to store evidence. Upon the completion of the course students will be confident in knowing they can gather and explain the data they have located during a mobile device examination.

Although the program will provide some of the skills and materials needed to prepare for their ICMDE certification, this specific training program is NOT designed as a class specific to the certification. Students who have the desire to take the ICMDE will need to complete additional reading and study of the provided materials, as well as the recommended study material, to obtain a deeper understanding needed for preparing to take the ICMDE.

** UPDATE** This vendor neutral course has been completely redesigned to include more hands-on Android and iOS student practicals based on the most current operating systems.  

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Acquiring file system and physical images from phones, to include handling and procedures for locked devices
  • Students will learn how to acquire cell phone data, and the different types of techniques to obtain the most relevant data.
  • There is some usage of command line to conduct the practicals. The commands are explained in detail; however, some students may find previous command line experience helpful.
  • Students will learn through hands-on exercises how the file systems are laid out in both iOS and Android, allowing them to find the data they are looking for quickly and be able to interpret it. This knowledge will carry over to new releases of the operating systems ensuring students can continue to stay current.
  • Validating data obtained from forensic tools, including data that tools miss.
  • Students will learn advanced third-party application analysis to interpret, recognize and decode artifacts stored by these applications.
  • Flash Memory, NAND Ram Architecture and learn how cell phones store their data at the physical level.
  • Obtaining and processing iOS backup files, including manual decoding, parsing and cracking of encrypted backup file images.
  • Viewing and interpreting iOS files such as plists to obtain valuable evidence.
  • Students will learn to use ADB and manually extract data from an Android device for those times when a commercial tool is unable to.
  • Students will learn about using python scripts and how to use them to enhance the data they can obtain during their examinations including manual application use of the queries.
  • Understand how SQLite databases function and how the data is stored, including how to use simple queries to manually parse the data.

PREREQUISITE: Basic Computer Forensic Examiner [BCFE] course AND completion of the Certified Forensic Computer Examiner [CFCE] certification are highly recommended, but not required.

CERTIFICATION: Attendance at MDF entitles each member to one attempt at the ICMDE Certification process.  Further details as to the timeline for certification will be provided upon completion of MDF and upon beginning the ICDME.


The 2020 course schedule is:

Week 1: April 27 – May 1, 2020 CANCELLED

Week 2: May 4 – May 8, 2020 CANCELLED


Existing IACIS members simply log in with your credentials and go to the products page to purchase and register for the course.

For non-IACIS members, the membership fee is waived with the purchase of the training course; however, to register for the course you must complete a membership application at the time of purchase.

Apply for membership and purchase the course on the PRODUCTS PAGE.

COST: $1,495 US Dollars

  • Cancellation of this class may occur if there are insufficient students registered. In the event of a cancellation, personnel will typically be notified by email within 48 hours of the registration closure date. IACIS is not responsible for any individual expenses incurred as a result of a cancellation. The limit of IACIS financial liability is a full refund of the course fee.

****Payment MUST BE RECEIVED at least 45 days prior to the first day of class. Any payment arrangements other than payment through the website or payment via invoice must be approved by the IACIS Treasurer prior to admittance into the course. Please contact the treasurer for questions and approval (  Cancellations within 45 days from the start of class to 30 days from the start of class will be subject to a $150 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds within 30 days from the start of class.****

* On-Site Check-in Times (student pickup of equipment, ID card, IACIS info) are:

   Week 1:

             Sunday, April 26, 2020: 1800 – 2100

             Monday, April 27, 2020: 0700 – 0800

   Week 2:

             Sunday, May 3, 2020: 1800 – 2100

             Monday, May 4, 2020: 0700 – 0800

* Please make arrangements to arrive in time to check-in so that you may be in class promptly the first day.


Please read the following notes regarding this class:

  1. Classes begin at 8:00 AM ET and conclude at 5:00 PM ET, each day, with a one hour lunch break. Classes will end at 4:00 PM ET on the last day of class. Please do not arrange for departing flights prior to 7:00 PM ET to allow time for travel to the airport and any security clearances.
  2. The dress code for the conference is business casual (collared shirts and slacks).The wearing of shorts, flip flops, tank tops, etc. is not allowed in the classroom. Personal computers are not permitted in the classroom. Students are required to attend all classes to successfully complete the program. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements will not be issued a certificate at the conclusion of the program.


The 2020 course will be taught at the Caribe Royale Hotel, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821 (USA).  This hotel is close to the Orlando International Airport, has a large pool, spacious workout facility and is very close to Disney World and Universal Studios.

BOOK HERE or via phone by calling the following numbers:

Reservations Toll Free: 1-800-823-8300 or our local number 407-238-8000.

Rates are good for 4/17 – 5/9/2020 while room supplies last