Next-Generation Digital Forensics: Challenges and Future Paradigms

Reza Montasari, Richard Hill

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In recent years, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has rapidly advanced, bringing numerous benefits to the lives of many individuals and organisations. Technologies such as Internet of Things (loT) solutions, Cloud-Based Services (CBSs), Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) and mobile devices have brought many benefits to technologically-advanced societies. As a result, commercial transactions and governmental services have rapidly grown, revolutionising the life styles of many individuals living in these societies. While technological advancements undoubtedly present many advantages, at the same time they pose new security threats. As a result, the number of cases that necessitate Digital Forensic Investigations (DFIs) are on the rise, culminating in the creation of a backlog of cases for law enforcement agencies (LEAs) worldwide. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that new research approaches be adopted to deal with these security threats. To this end, this paper evaluates the existing set of circumstances surrounding the field of Digital Forensics (DF). Our research study makes two important contributions to the field of DF. First, it analyses the most difficult technical challenges that need to be considered by both LEAs and Digital Forensic Experts (DFEs). Second, it proposes important specific future research directions, the undertaking of which can assist both LEAs and DFEs in adopting a new approach to combating cyber-attacks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2019 IEEE 12th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability, ICGS3
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538670019
ISBN (Print)9781538670026
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2019
Event12th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability - Northumbria University London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Jan 201918 Jan 2019


Conference12th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability
Abbreviated titleICGS3-2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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