Digital Forensic Research: The Good, the Bad and the Unaddressed

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Abstract

Digital forensics is a relatively new scientific discipline, but one that has matured greatly over the past decade. In any field of human endeavor, it is important to periodically pause and review the state of the discipline. This paper examines where the discipline of digital forensics is at this point in time and what has been accomplished in order to critically analyze what has been done well and what ought to be done better. The paper also takes stock of what is known, what is not known and what needs to be known. It is a compilation of the author’s opinion and the viewpoints of twenty-one other practitioners and researchers, many of whom are leaders in the field. In synthesizing these professional opinions, several consensus views emerge that provide valuable insights into the “state of the discipline.”