Developing a Digital Forensics Curriculum: Exploring Trends from 2007 to 2017

  • Roshan HarnekerEmail author
  • Adrie Stander
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1136)


The young science of digital forensics has made great strides in the last decade, but so, too, has cyber crime. The growing complexity of cyber crime has necessitated that traditional forensics methods be updated to accommodate new technologies, and that further research is carried out to keep up with the rate of technological innovation. The main purpose of this paper is to determine how academic teaching and research can support the needs of the industry in investigating cyber crime. Current digital forensics curricula in higher education are discussed, followed by an analysis of academic research trends for this discipline for the years 2007 to 2017. We conclude by highlighting trends for which more research is required and which could possibly contribute towards shaping future teaching and learning of digital forensics in higher education.


Digital forensics Trends Curriculum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Digital Forensics and E-Discovery Research UnitLeiden University of Applied SciencesLeidenThe Netherlands

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