Are you REALLY certified by Cellebrite?

Danny GarciaAre you REALLY certified by Cellebrite?  If you have attended an official Cellebrite training course, you will have an account within our Cellebrite Learning Center, where you were able to download your certificates.

The Cellebrite Forensic Training System (CFTS) officially launched in June, 2013.  The first official Cellebrite certification class was taught at the 2013 Mobile Forensic World conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The CFTS established a standardized,
relevant and current curriculum to deliver the appropriate level of knowledge and practical experience by Cellebrite Certified Instructors (CCI) around the world.

Students attending our certification courses must complete the course and pass appropriate examinations prior to achieving Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO) and/or Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA) credentials. Upon completion of a course, participants receive certifications, making them eligible to move to the next stage in the curriculum.

The CFTS is designed to offer a progressive certification system, allowing those students who achieve a higher-level certification, to maintain lower level certificates.  For example, someone who earns the CCLO credential will renew that certification by achieving CCPA.  In addition, individuals who earn CCLO and CCPA, may renew both of those certifications by earning our capstone certification, Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME).

The CCME certifies that the recipient has attained a level of mastery in the discipline of mobile device forensic investigation methodology and a high level of proficiency with Cellebrite’s Physical Analyzer software as well as working and practical knowledge regarding Cellebrite’s UFED technology. The CCME test measures the practitioner’s skill using three popular mobile device operating systems including Android, iOS, and Blackberry. CCME certification indicates that an investigator is a skilled mobile device examiner.  The CCME is available to applicants who have completed the Cellebrite Mobile Forensic Fundamentals (CMFF) course, and hold current official CCLO and CCPA certifications.  Examiners wishing to earn their CCME certification must complete the process within two years of earning their CCPA credential.

Have questions about Cellebrite certification and our recertification process? We have published information and an FAQ at

Join Cellebrite at US, UK events next week

Cellebrite's booth at LAAD 2014Cellebrite will be busy during the last week in April, as four events start almost simultaneously! In the United States, join us in greater Boston, Washington D.C., or Orlando; across the pond, we’ll also be in London, England.

Boston: the National Cybercrime Conference

April 28-30 will see us just south of Boston, in Norwood (Massachusetts), for the third annual National Cybercrime Conference. Join us at the Four Points Sheraton, where you’ll find us in Booth 11&12. We’ll also offer two speaking slots and, for the first time, we’re sponsoring a Mock Trial around mobile forensics testimony.

The Mock Trial will happen on Tuesday, April 29th from 2:00pm – 3:15pm. Mobile device evidence will be presented and challenged, as prosecutors examine and cross-examine an expert witness. Learn how to present your case if you’re a prosecutor, or if you’re in law enforcement, how to be a good witness.

Immediately following the Mock Trial, from 3:30 – 4:45pm senior manager of technology and innovation Ronen Engler will speak on “Dealing with Persistent Smartphone Forensic Challenges.” The session will discuss forensic workarounds for the latest data protection, prepaid and unsupported devices, and apps.

Tuesday night from 5:00 – 7:00pm, Cellebrite is hosting a networking reception in Zachariah’s at the Four Points Sheraton. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while also being entered into a raffle, and network with law enforcement, prosecutors and Cellebrite staff.

Wednesday, April 30th from 9:50am – 11:00am, Ronen will offer a live demonstration on “Using Intelligence Methods in Mobile Forensic Exams.” This will show what mobile device usage can reveal about victims, suspects, where their paths cross, and how this information proactively and reactively helps your investigations.

Orlando: International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS)

Also starting April 28, and running through May 9, will be IACIS’ annual training convention in Maitland, part of Metro Orlando (Florida). In addition to having a table at the event from May 5-7, Cellebrite internal training staff members, Buddy Tidwell and Joe Duke – both of whom hold the IACIS CFCE certification – will serve as IACIS Instructional Staff for its Advanced Smartphone Training.

In addition, we’re hosting a vendor night with giveaways! Join us on Wednesday, May 7 at 6pm, where we’ll serve refreshments from the Margaritaville menu.

London: Forensic Europe Expo 2014

Join us at Upper West Hall, Olympia, London (United Kingdom) for the two-day Forensic Europe Expo starting April 29, where Cellebrite is exhibiting in Booth 1-B25. As part of the Digital Forensics Conference stream, Yuval Ben-Moshe, Cellebrite’s senior forensics technical director, will present “When a Phone is not a Phone” in the Mobile Forensics track on Wednesday, April 30 from 11:55am – 12:20pm. This presentation will cover mobile devices as an integral part of people’s daily lives, as lockboxes for vast chunks of personal data, and as evidence or containers of evidence after a crime. Participants will get global perspective and an opportunity to share your own views and opinions.

Washington, D.C.: US Cybercrime

Also starting April 29, but running through May 2, will be the US Cybercrime Conference in Dulles (Virginia). Cellebrite is exhibiting in Booth # 401, and will offer lecture tracks in addition to pre-conference training and certification.

Sunday and Monday, April 27-28, Buddy Tidwell, director of global training at Cellebrite, will take students through the Certified Logical Operator (CCLO) course. Designed for first responders and basic to intermediate investigator / examiners, this course exposes students to the fundamentals of mobile device investigations, logical extraction of user data, and analysis of mobile devices. Participants will have the option to become certified as a Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator.

On Thursday, May 1 we’ll be offering two sessions. From 11:10am – 12:00pm, Ronen Engler will reprise the live “Using Intelligence Methods in Mobile Forensic Exams” demonstration. After lunch, from 1:30 – 2:20pm, Ronen will join Cindy Murphy and Heather Mahalik for a presentation on “Mobile Malware.” In this session, learn the difference between malicious targeting and inadvertent mobile malware installation, what to look for in mobile forensic exams, and how to examine malware to learn its purpose.

Whichever side of the pond you’re on, we hope to meet you soon!

(Almost) everything you wanted to know about Cellebrite’s new training and certification

Cellebrite UFED Certification TrainingOn Monday we announced our brand-new mobile forensics training curriculum and standardized certification, a development we’re quite excited about. The new curriculum means that investigators worldwide will benefit from the same coursework and certifications. This will not only strengthen their individual testimony in court; it will also strengthen the value of a Cellebrite certification. Here’s what you might want to know most about the new training:

When will the new courses become available?

The new training in its instructor-led classroom-based modes has already begun to roll out. Instructor-led web-based training will roll out in the very near future for those classes that lend themselves to live online delivery. Self-paced online training becomes available in December. Be sure to check our training web page for updates!

What do the new courses cover?

The 1-day, entry-level Mobile Forensic Fundamentals course introduces students to baseline concepts to ensure they gain the prerequisite knowledge to understand issues surrounding the handling of mobile devices as evidence.

The 2-day, intermediate-level Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO) course exposes students to the basics of mobile device investigations, logical extraction of user data using the UFED Touch, and analysis of mobile devices with a variety of operating systems.

The 3-day, advanced-level Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst course focuses on the use of the Cellebrite UFED Ultimate to perform file system extractions, physical extractions, password bypass and the advanced analysis of evidentiary items using UFED Physical Analyzer software.

We’re offering these courses within a number of bundles. Contact your regional sales representative, or submit a training inquiry, to learn more about hosting the Cellebrite 5-Day Mobile Device Examiners Course, the Cellebrite 3-Day Fundamental and Logical Bundle, or the Ultimate 6-Day Course Bundle.

Can you opt out of taking the written examinations and practical skill challenges?

The tests and skill challenges included within the CCLO and CCPA courses are optional. However, if you opt not to take the test(s), you will earn a certificate of completion and will not be eligible for the new CCLO or CCPA certificates, both of which are required to take the CCME.

What if you just got certified last year?

All legacy certificates that were issued by approved providers that reported them to Cellebrite will be honored for two years from the date of issue. However, only CCLO and CCPA holders who have completed the prerequisites my take the CCME.

Does certification expire? And how do you recertify?

Your certification will expire in two years from the date of issue. You’ll receive an email reminding you to recertify.

Is UFED Link Analysis a separate training class? When does it become available?

UFED Link Analysis does not require certification, so currently it is not a formal part of our training offerings. However, we regularly offer tutorial webinars that overview the various features. Watch your email and be sure to sign up when you see a UFED Link Analysis webinar offered on a convenient time and date. If you desire some formal training on Link Analysis, please contact the training department to arrange it.

If you’ve never taken a Cellebrite training course, or your certification has expired or is about to expire, now is a great time to sign up for a class—or arrange for a class to be taught in your area. Contact us today for more details!