Digital Forensics in the Next Five Years

back to overview


Luciano, L., Baggili, I., Topor, M., Casey, P., & Breitinger, F. (2018). Digital Forensics in the Next Five Years. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, Hamburg, Germany.

Publication type

Paper in Conference Proceedings


Cyber forensics has encountered major obstacles over the last decade and is at a crossroads. This paper presents data that was obtained during the National Workshop on Redefining Cyber Forensics (NWRCF) on May 23-24, 2017 supported by the National Science Foundation and organized by the University of New Haven. Qualitative and quantitative data were analyzed from twenty-four cyber forensics expert panel members. This work identified important themes that need to be addressed by the community, focusing on (1) where the domain currently is; (2) where it needs to go and; (3) steps needed to improve it. Furthermore, based on the results, we articulate (1) the biggest anticipated challenges the domain will face in the next five years; (2) the most important cyber forensics research opportunities in the next five years and; (3) the most important job-ready skills that need to be addressed by higher education curricula over the next five years. Lastly, we present the key issues and recommendations deliberated by the expert panel. Overall results indicated that a more active and coherent group needs to be formed in the cyber forensics community, with opportunities for continuous reassessment and improvement processes in place.


Organizational Units

  • Institute of Information Systems
  • Hilti Chair for Data and Application Security