“I couldn't find it your honour, it mustn't be there!”: Tool errors, tool limitations and user error in digital forensics

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    Abstract

    The field of digital forensics maintains significant reliance on the software it uses to acquire and investigate forms of digital evidence. Without these tools, analysis of digital devices would often not be possible. Despite such levels of reliance, techniques for validating digital forensic software are sparse and research is limited in both volume and depth. As practitioners pursue the goal of producing robust evidence, they face the onerous task of both ensuring the accuracy of their tools and, their effective use. Whilst tool errors provide one issue, establishing a tool's limitations also provides an investigatory challenge leading the potential for practitioner user-error and ultimately a grey area of accountability. This article debates the problems surrounding digital forensic tool usage, evidential reliability and validation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)433-440
    Number of pages8
    JournalScience and Justice
    Volume58
    Issue number6
    Early online date17 Apr 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2018

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