Term of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Master of Science, Information Technology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Information Technology

Committee Chair

Hayden Wimmer

Committee Member 1

Lei Chen

Committee Member 2

Weitian Tong


Digital forensics is a branch of forensic science in which we can recreate past events using forensic tools for legal measure. Also, the increase in the availability of mobile devices has led to their use in criminal activities. Moreover, the rate at which data is being generated has been on the increase which has led to big data problems. With cloud computing, data can now be stored, processed and analyzed as they are generated. This thesis documents consists of three studies related to data analysis. The first study involves analyzing data from an android smartphone while making a comparison between two forensic tools; Paraben E3: DS and Autopsy. At the end of the study, it was concluded that most of the activities performed on a rooted android device can be found in its internal memory. In the second study, the Snapchat application was analyzed on a rooted Android device to see how well it handles privacy issues. The result of the study shows that some of the predefined activities performed on the Snapchat application as well as user information can be retrieved using Paraben E3: DS forensic tool. The third study, machine learning services on Microsoft Azure and IBM Watson were used in performing predictive analysis to uncover their performance. At the end of the experiments, the Azure machine learning studio was seen to be more user friendly and builds models faster compared to the SSPS Modeler in the IBM Watson Studio. This research is important as data needs to be analyzed in order to generate insights that can aid organizations or police departments in making the best decisions when analyzing crime data.

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