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Digital Forensics: Defining a Research Agenda

  • Author(s): Nance, Kara
  • Hay, Brian
  • Bishop, Matt
  • et al.

While many fields have well-defined research agendas, evolution of the field of digital forensics has been largely driven by practitioners in the field. As a result, the majority of the tools and practice have been developed in response to a diverse set of specific threats or scenarios, rather than as the result of a research and development plan. In June, 2008 a group of digital forensics researchers, educators and practitioners met as a working group at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE 2008) to brainstorm ideas for the development of a research, education, and outreach agenda for Digital Forensics. This paper outlines some of the ideas generated and new research categories and areas identified at this meeting, as well as a plan for future development of a formalized research agenda.

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