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      Digital forensics in law enforcement

      Digital forensics in law enforcement

      Digital forensics is about examination of digital devices such as cell phones and computers and is a big and important part of modern crime investigations. Digital forensics is used in almost any type of criminal investigation where information such as communication, images and application usage may have great evidentiary value. The University of Skövde cooperated with the police in region west with the goal of improving the forensic practices within law enforcement.

      The cooperation is between University of Skövde and RC3, Regional cyber crime center, at the police in region west with the goal of improving the forensic practices within law enforcement.

      IT in investigations

      The field of digital forensics if quite young but is rapidly evolving side by side with digitalization of society. Digital elements are common in modern day crimes, cybercrimes as well as traditional crimes. Digital evidence make the key to investigation digital crimes such as online frauds, grooming and intrusions and can be equally important in more traditional crimes such as murders and thefts where images, location data or web history can play an important role.

      Complex environments

      Modern digital forensics examinations are often carried out in complex environments are used are more keen on keeping their data safe, not least from the eyes of the law. The storage capacity of digital devices is also rapidly increasing.

      Thus, the forensic practice faces challenges and media as well as research shows that cyber related crimes are increasing which increases the need for efficient evidence collection in digital environments.

      Purpose of cooperation

      The purpose of this cooperation is to support the forensic practice through research and development projects intended to identify problem areas and provide solutions adapted to the needs of the practitioners.

      Opportunity for students

      The cooperation is a part of the universities research in Information systems and covers technical aspects, such as encryption and data integrity, as well as organizational processes. The cooperation is an extension of previous cooperation around the educations in Networks and Systems administration and Privacy, Integrity and Cyber Security. Students in those educations will be given the opportunity to do projects and theses within this cooperation.

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      Lecturer in Informatics

      Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

      Senior Lecturer in Informatics

      Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Informatics

      Published: 3/4/2021
      Edited: 3/4/2021
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