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6th International Workshop on Digital Forensics and Incident Analysis (WDFIA 2011)
Title: Digital Forensics: The need for Integration
Author(s): Paul Sant, Moniphia Hewling
Keywords: Digital Forensics, Computer Forensics, Digital Evidence, Digital Crime
Abstract: Digital forensics has become a predominant field and courts have had to deal with an increase of cases that involve the use of digital devices over the past decade. The procedures presently used in the digital forensic process were developed focusing on particular areas of the digital evidence acquisition process depending on the developer’s expertise or interest. This resulted in very little regard for all fields that may be impacted by any one investigation. Such omissions have resulted in digital forensics seeming to be an ad hoc process resulting in a number of cases in which digital evidence has been deemed invalid, producing negative results in a number of cases. Alleviation of such issues is possible with the development of a standard framework flexible enough to accommodate the intricacies of all areas directly impacted by digital forensics. A complete framework incorporating views from computer scientists, lawyers, law enforcement officers and all other practitioners in the field needs to be developed. Such a framework should provide the basis from which a set of standards will be defined to govern the acquisition of evidence from digital devices, whether or not they will be used in a legal case. This paper proposes the development of such a framework integrating technical and legal dimensions.
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