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Digital Investigation
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The Journal of Digital Investigation covers cutting edge developments in digital forensics and incident response from around the globe. This widely referenced publication helps digital investigators remain current on new technologies, useful tools, relevant research, investigative techniques, and methods for handling security breaches. Practitioners in corporate, criminal and military settings use this journal to share their knowledge and experiences, including current challenges and lessons learned in the following areas:

Peer-reviewed research: New approaches to dealing with challenges in digital investigations, including applied research into analyzing specific technologies, and application of computer science to address problems encountered in digital forensics and incident response.

Practitioner reports: Investigative case studies and reports describing how practitioners are dealing with emerging challenges in the field, including improved methods for conducting effective digital investigations, performing forensic analysis, and responding to incidents.
Survey papers: Discussion of current methods and future needs relevant to the digital forensics and incident response, including analysing media, memory, malware, mobile phones, and telecommunication systems.
Tool reviews: Evaluation and comparison of open source and commercial software used in digital forensics and incident response, deepening our understanding of specific tools, and highlight any needed enhancements.
Legal analysis and updates: Expert comment on recent cases involving digital forensics, relevant legal developments, and legislative limitations.

Topics of interest include:

Digital Forensics
• Advances in preservation of digital evidence• Investigating criminal activity involving computers• Forensic analysis of new technology• Vista artifacts• Utilizing digital evidence in an investigation • The role of law enforcement in digital investigations• Standards, policy and ethics• Certification, qualifications and education of forensic examiners

Incident Response
• Managing rapid emergency response• Intrusion investigation• Case management issues with large data quantities• Volatile data analysis• Malware analysis• Network traffic and log analysis• Digital investigators relating to lawyers and regular investigators• Certification, qualifications and education of incident responders
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2019-01-05
Special Issues
Special Issue on Digital Transformations in Forensic Science
Submission Date: 2019-11-30

Dependence on forensic capabilities, particularly digital forensics, is increasing in criminal, civil, and regulatory matters, including security matters such as terrorist attacks and cyber incidents. This trend is driving decentralization and commoditization of forensic capabilities, placing powerful tools in the hands of non-specialists to deal with immediate problems in isolation, without the support of Forensic Science infrastructures. This separation from Forensic Science principles and practices may lead to errors and omissions, especially in digital forensics, which endangers individual liberties and diminishes trust in Forensic Science as a whole. This separation also diminishes the opportunities for Forensic Science to gain a holistic insight into its fundamental objects of study, thus potentially missing crucial information and jeopardizing its future health/growth. Forensic Science cannot reverse the decentralization movement but can seize the opportunity to connect with disparate deployments of forensic capabilities, receiving data and delivering knowledge. Combining the data being gathered in multitude of different environments generates greater understanding of forensic findings and their usefulness, as well as a more comprehensive understanding of crime, malfeasance, and security-relevant problems. Altering Forensic Science from a diffusion of different disciplines into a unified amalgamation of knowledge serving the common purposes of abating crime, strengthening security, and reinforcing the criminal justice system requires a digital transformation. This special issue invites submissions related to digital transformations in Forensic Science, including the following topics of specific interest: + Pertinent opinion pieces, commentary articles and case reports + Legal perspectives on maintaining continuity of evidence and repeatability of forensic findings when forensic capabilities are used in the field by non-scientists (e.g., risk of evidence not being preserved for independent examination). + Legal and ethical perspectives on relying on links established using artificial intelligence or machine learning + Solutions and strategies for managing opportunities and challenges of decentralization of forensic capabilities + Rationales and approaches for fusion of physical and/or digital forensic results + Interdependence and independence of Forensic Science and investigative operations + Interrelations between Forensic Science and forensic intelligence + Big data analysis applied to Forensic Science, combining physical and/or digital forensic results + Artificial intelligence / Machine learning applied to Forensic Science + Social media as part of traditional investigations + Quality assurance when forensic capabilities are used in decentralized contexts + Challenges and opportunities associated with biometrics in Forensic Science and digital forensics + Centralised research, development and administration of advanced forensic capabilities, made available throughout a decentralized forensic ecosystem + Strategies for handling the rapid rate of advancement in Forensic Science knowledge and technological developments. + Harmonisation of data formats and exchange of forensic information between tools, organizations and countries + Knowledge management, training and education + Explicability and evaluation of forensic results and automated processing
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2019-06-28
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