Law Enforcement Challenges in Digital Forensics

Author:
Greg Roberts
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Date:
01 June 2002
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This paper presents an overview of pressing issues in use of forensic science in the context of high-technology crime investigations, often called computer forensics or digital forensics. It also highlights several existing training programs in computer forensics and attempts a crude estimate of capacity for training in computer forensics. Law enforcement faces many significant challenges in developing and mastering the skills, tools and techniques of digital forensics. Finding qualified forensics personnel is difficult in the private sector, partly because of the restrictions placed on civilian access to training programs. In law enforcement, additional difficulties arise due to a multitude of structural and cultural factors in that closed community. Even in those cases where trained personnel are available, there may be impediments to successful prosecution, such as the lack of adequate equipment and facilities to process digital evidence, or prosecutorial unfamiliarity with the issues surrounding the seizure and processing of such evidence.

Law Enforcement Challenges in Digital Forensics