On the Scientific Maturity of Digital Forensics Research

  • Martin Olivier
  • Stefan Gruner
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41148-9_3

Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 410)
Cite this paper as:
Olivier M., Gruner S. (2013) On the Scientific Maturity of Digital Forensics Research. In: Peterson G., Shenoi S. (eds) Advances in Digital Forensics IX. DigitalForensics 2013. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 410. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

This paper applies a scientific maturity grade schema from the software engineering domain to research in the field of digital forensics. On the basis of this maturity schema and its grades, the paper classifies the current maturity of digital forensics research. The findings show that much more research conducted at higher levels of “scientificness” is necessary before the new field of digital forensics can be considered to be scientifically mature.

Keywords

Digital forensics scientific maturity software engineering 

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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Olivier
    • 1
  • Stefan Gruner
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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