Saturday, December 13, 2014

December 2014

December is as always a busy month at the beginning and then the last part is more quiet, with the holiday season. When I look back on this month, we had a very good meeting in Tallinn, Estonia for our ENFSI IT Working group. Investigation methods on forensic data science as well as methods for digital investigation are worthwhile exploring.

For the journal Digital Investigation we have a new call for paper on big data and intelligent analysis, where Katrin Franke and I are guest editors of this edition.

Special Issue on Big Data and Intelligent Data Analysis

The Journal of Digital Investigation covers cutting edge developments in digital forensics and incident response from around the globe.
We welcome submissions for a special issue on big data and intelligent data analysis.
The issue will focus on the challenges presented to digital forensics and incident response in big data and intelligent data analysis.

We seek submissions including case studies, practitioner reports of what works in practice, survey articles covering state-of-the-art and future needs, objective tool reviews, and relevant legal analysis als on privacy concerns. We are also looking for work that proposes possible normalization and standardization in this area.
Deadline for submissions is 15 March 2015.

Visit the journal page for more information and to contribute to this special issue.

The amount of data in an average case of digital evidence is growing rapidly. When large amounts of data have to be examined, ranging from log files  to huge amounts of multimedia files from servers and other sources such as smart phones, intelligent data analysis is necessary to interpret the data.

This issue will cover big data and intelligent data analysis on :

- Digital evidence examination with big data solutions such as Hadoop
- Analyzing large amounts of log files from botnets

- Interpretation of forensic  data with intelligent data analysis

- Issues and solutions for storing and backups of Petabytes of information
- Methods for faster indexing of huge amounts of data

- Methods for presenting large amounts of data to the court / visualisation methods
- Aspects of privacy protection related to processing big data

In an effort to increase understanding and advance the state of the art, this special issue is dedicated to presenting the varying views regarding big data and intelligent data analysis from a forensic perspective

Submit a case study, survey paper, tool review, or other contribution on big data and intelligent data analysis now.

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 2014

It is a month with some casework, and some new developments. As program manager big data and cyber forensics we see many new challenges coming in. The variety of devices is growing each day, and of course many new forensic products are developed. Also attention on devices such as smart TVs, drones, medical devices even robot vacuum cleaners with many sensors that store data are of interest to the forensic community.

In the week of 18 November we have the yearly ENFSI Forensic IT Working group in Tallinn, Estonia. As chairman of this working group, I am looking forward to the presentations and the collaboration with CEPOL. I hope there will be some results of collaborative exercises also. One of the documents that is of interest how to include Bayesian conclusions in the Forensic IT working group. Discussions include how to determine the Likehood Ratio and how to determine priors in more complex crime scenes.  Validation and testing of forensic software and error, uncertainty and loss in digital evidence remain topics for discussion.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 2014

The words that I use most often in this blog are visualised in this picture

This month the olympic games of forensic sciences as IAFS calls themselves was held in Seoul, Korea. Many good presentations and a good networking opportunity. This time I gave a presentation on forensic multimedia analytics at the AAFS-session. It was very well organized, and of course I used the opportunity to buy a Korean smartphone.

Spui 25 in Amsterdam organized a debate on big data and forensic science (I was one of the persons on the panel), where also the privacy aspects of investigation where discussed with bits of Freedom.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 2014

Some month with casework, planning and several meetings. For the ENFSI Forensic IT Working group we were working on updating the best practice guide. Nice discussions about forensic validation of software. The issue with a generic validation is that it takes a long time since software develops in the mean time, as we can see with the NIST computer forensic tool program, which is very useful for the methodology and results .

For that reason within the quality system to do also a validation per case (and of course methods that NIST uses can be used to assist this). It is also good to see that Digital Evidence in the United States also has a OSAC (Organization of Scientific Area Committee).

For ENFSI I am also looking forward to the meeting in Tallinn in November, partly combined with CEPOL. Also in October the IAFS is having its meeting in Seoul, so I will give a short paper on digital and multimedia sciences.

In the meantime DFRWS EU version in Dublin is approaching, and it is good to see that there appear to be many submissions.

Friday, August 22, 2014

August 2014

Magazine CoverThis month had a wide variety of tasks from casework to administrative tasks. A short vacation and some more work on writing project proposals as well as working on several methods. Just looking to new developments on big data and using real time processing with Hadoop . Of course when talking about big data, privacy issues should also be mentioned. Currently we are working on a call for papers on big data and intelligent data analysis in the journal Digital Investigation.The IEEE Spectrum magazine even has written an article on the collapse of internet privacy.,

Also busy with reviewing best practice guides for ENFSI on Digital Imaging and on Forensic IT. Interesting discussions on validating software in ISO 17025 and testing the software.

New developments for me are that I am appointed per September 1st for one day a week as professor at the University of Amsterdam in Forensic Data Sciences by special appointment at the Informatics Institute. Also I am honored to be nominated as vice president at the American Academy of Forensic Science.

The next DFRWS-EU conference will be held in Dublin from 23 to 26 March 2015, so the call for papers is ready now.

Friday, July 04, 2014

July 2014

It is time to prepare abstracts and workshop proposal for the AAFS meeting in Orlando, since they have to be submitted before August 1st. Several thoughts on forensic science in a few years also with the Theoretical Forensic Science (aka Think Tank) of the Forensic Science Foundation where of course the topics such as nanotechnology, programmable matter, 3D printing, aspects of cybercrime on wearable devices, drone forensics and many opportunities which might impact forensic science as such are discussed and a workshop is proposed. There are several grants, scholarschips and awards available for research in forensic science, within the Forensic Science Foundation, and of course one can also contribute on line.

It appears infographics work much better than words often, so Elice Cooper asked me to include the forensic nursing infographics this time.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 2014

The DFRWS EU  in Amsterdam  was well attended with several excellent presentations and workshops ranging from issues with cybercrime, analysis of big data and intelligent data analysis and new developments for reducing backlogs in digital forensic labs. Also a good networking opportunity. I am looking forward to next years meeting in Dublin.

Furthermore this month I went to a meeting of the project ASSERT on social impact analysis where challenging forensic projects were discussed. Many interesting discussions on ethical and social issues within these projects.

Also I have a guest lecture at the University of Amsterdam, in the track Cybercrime and security, where we also have several projects proposals submitted.