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

  • Nicole Beebe
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04155-6_2

Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 306)
Cite this paper as:
Beebe N. (2009) Digital Forensic Research: The Good, the Bad and the Unaddressed. In: Peterson G., Shenoi S. (eds) Advances in Digital Forensics V. DigitalForensics 2009. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 306. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


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.”


Digital forensic research evaluation future research areas 
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