Rethinking Digital Forensics

Andrew Jones, Stilianos Vidalis

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In the modern socially-driven, knowledge-based virtual computing environment in which organisations are operating, the current digital forensics tools and practices can no longer meet the need for scientific rigour. There has been an exponential increase in the complexity of the networks with the rise of the Internet of Things, cloud technologies and fog computing altering business operations and models. Adding to the problem are the increased capacity of storage devices and the increased diversity of devices that are attached to networks, operating autonomously. We argue that the laws and standards that have been written, the processes, procedures and tools that are in common use are increasingly not capable of ensuring the requirement for scientific integrity. This paper looks at a number of issues with current practice and discusses measures that can be taken to improve the potential of achieving scientific rigour for digital forensics in the current and developing landscape
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)41-53
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of Emerging Technologies in Computing (AETiC)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • Digital forensics
  • tools
  • scientific rigour
  • standards
  • procedures


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