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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Mark B. Schmidt

Second Advisor

Dennis C. Guster

Third Advisor

Sneh Kalia

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


As the decades passed, smartphones have come to their greatest inventions. But their history has more than 2500 years starting from a basic thing of strings and beads, i.e. from the Abacus to the latest of our present iPhone. With every special invention in this area brought people together socially over the internet. This, in turn, raised the alarm for having secured communication. With these devices getting popular, development in the technology to enhance the security features in those devices has also been increasing. These advancements have brought Apple operating system (IOS) into light. These devices are one step ahead of all other smartphones regarding storage by having space for storing emails, GPS data and many more. This feature of storage has a major advantage in conducting forensics for investigation purposes. In this research, I performed data acquisition on iPhones with two different OS versions using various forensic tools and then compare the forensic implications with variant security features. I analyzed the forensic implications with enhancements in security and iPhone operating systems over the years. I also used to software to break the iPhone passcode which is the major forensic implication caused.