Across the country and world, there is a widespread use of mobile devices, computers, cloud computing and storage, and other internet-based services. As such, digital evidence has become vital in providing insights and conclusions in criminal investigations, some of which include various forms of cybercrimes.
Digital evidence presents many challenges in criminal investigations. Often digital evidence is incomplete, which may result from data storage outsourcing, the use of sample- or summary-based logging approaches in networked IT systems, from unpublished features of operating systems, or undetected faults in forensic tooling or procedural errors. Along with incomplete digital evidence, forensic investigators may find errors caused by malicious parties. Beyond that, digital components and technology continue to rapidly change, making it difficult to validate data.
CSAFE brings together a collaborative task force of staticians, researchers in anthropological methods, machine learning researchers, forensic scientists and more to: