Special Issue "Contemporary and Future Digital Forensics"


A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Richard E. Overill

Department of Informatics King's College London Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK
Website: http://www.dcs.kcl.ac.uk/staff/richard/
Interests: digital forensics; computer forensics; cyber forensics; mobile forensics; in silico forensics; live forensics; in situ forensics; triage strategies; cost-effectiveness criteria in forensics; bayesian reasoning in forensics; bayesian networks in forensic investigations; quantifying likelihood ratios and odds ratios in digital forensics; complexity and information theory in digital forensic investigations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue of Future Internet journal contains selected, extended papers presented at the 6th annual Workshop on Digital Forensics (WSDF), a satellite workshop of the 8th annual international conference on Availability, Reliability & Security (ARES), held at the University of Regensburg, Germany on 2–6 September 2013.
Digital forensics is a rapidly evolving field primarily focused on the extraction, preservation and analysis of digital evidence obtained from electronic devices in a manner that is legally acceptable. Research into new methodologies tools and techniques within this domain is necessitated by an ever-increasing dependency on tightly interconnected, complex and pervasive computer systems and networks. The ubiquitous nature of our digital lifestyle presents many avenues for the potential misuse of electronic devices in crimes that directly involve, or are facilitated by, these technologies. The aim of digital forensics is to produce outputs that can help investigators ascertain the overall state of a system. This includes any events that have occurred within the system and entities that have interacted with that system. Due care has to be taken in the identification, collection, archiving, maintenance, handling and analysis of digital evidence in order to prevent damage to data integrity. Such issues combined with the constant evolution of technology provide a large scope of digital forensic research. This special issue aims to bring together experts from academia, industry, government and law enforcement who are interested in advancing the state of the art in digital forensics by exchanging their knowledge, results, ideas and experiences.

Dr. Richard E. Overill
Guest Editor


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  • digital evidence
  • network forensics
  • anti forensics
  • physical memory acquisition and analysis
  • digital forensic information visualisation
  • fraud investigations involving technology
  • portable devices
  • cyber terrorism
  • log analysis
  • risk and incident management
  • investigative case studies
  • data hiding techniques and steganography
  • novel data recovery techniques

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Future Internet 2014, 6(3), 584-596; doi:10.3390/fi6030584
Received: 1 April 2014 / Revised: 22 August 2014 / Accepted: 2 September 2014 / Published: 12 September 2014
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Future Internet 2014, 6(2), 190-202; doi:10.3390/fi6020190
Received: 8 January 2014 / Revised: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 26 February 2014 / Published: 1 April 2014
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