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Update to ISO The new standard is expected to be released by the end of The original standard was produced in with only minor revisions in The present revision addresses the need to align it with the other more recent ISO series standards, as required by ISO CASCO and to modernise the standard, recognising advances in technology and business practices.
There are others within the digital forensic community that do not believe that ISO is a good fit for Digital Forensics. Some of those concerns were captured in a recent UK survey, which is discussed below. A total of people responded to the survey. The Cost of Accreditation One of the main concerns often raised by practitioners is about the costs associated with ISO accreditation and whether smaller organizations can bear these extra costs.
Interestingly, as the survey discovered, even the majority of those who went through the accreditation process were unaware of the actual costs.
With these survey results in mind, it is important to realize that those opposing ISO accreditation based on costs may be doing so due to fear of the unknown rather than hard facts based on research and past experiences.
To view the entire PDF Survey, click here. Forum Discussions Moving away from stats and charts, another good method to understand what Digital Forensic community really thinks on ISO is looking at what members have posted on forums.
In a Forensic Focus discussion regarding ISOseveral key contributors to the forums provided the following comments. Of course, in the UK, this appears to no longer be an option for discussion. ISO does not ensure higher quality work, but it at least sets minimum quality standards to be adhered to, to ensure all labs are at the very least starting on a level playing field.
Standards When it comes to having high standards in digital forensic work, the voices from the community are loud and clear. Without standards or accreditations in place, the credibility of forensic examiners will likely be questioned in the future. The lack of requirements for digital forensic practitioners to be certified in their discipline, be accountable to industry best practices and standards, or work out of accredited laboratories places the credibility of this forensic science in jeopardy.
Although digital forensics has been recognized as a legitimate forensic science and has been utilized in the criminal justice system for the same length of time that DNA has, the discipline is anything but disciplined. To further evidence this, within the law enforcement community alone there are only 67 digital forensic laboratories accredited to the ISO Having a laboratory accredited according to best practices such as ISO removes many questions about the quality assurance of the laboratory and the personnel performing work.
Accreditation is not the be-all and end-all or a magic solution to issues plaguing the digital forensic discipline. Accredited laboratories have been known to have issues with their findings as well, the only difference is that the laboratory accreditation standards generally help bring misconduct to light.
For example, in the Oregon State Police quietly closed down their handwriting analysis unit after conducting an internal review of allegations involving bias, sloppy work, and dishonesty Denson, A report to the U.
He goes on to state the following, and I believe most forensic examiners would agree with it, especially if someone they cared about was being accused of a criminal act.
Much of the digital forensic community desires to have their evidence seen in court as forensically sound and bulletproof, yet do not want to go through the rigors that other traditional forensic sciences have done to prevent evidence spoliation and other mishandling and misinterpretations.
Brett Shavers Blog Brett goes on to suggest that we need to start implementing our own regulations and standards before the government decides what is best for our profession.
But all it takes is one major court case and the government could quickly swoop in with regulations they deem necessary. Let me get to the solution before getting into the issues. Preston Coleman provides further insight into ISO accreditation as an examiner working within one of the few accredited labs in the United States.
A year on, it is clear that the single biggest challenge to achieving my aim is financial: Funding for forensic science across the board, and particularly, perhaps, for defence provision via legal aid, must be at a level that enables the standards to be met.
Gillian Truly — Forensic Science Regulator Finishing with a powerful statement on why regulations must be put in place within Digital Forensics… Otherwise we will face the costs, both in criminal justice terms and financially, of quality failures and loss of confidence in forensic science.Official website of the Idaho State Forensic Services.
8/2/–Idaho State Police Forensic Services is being recognized nationally for many forward thinking initiatives. Download file to see previous pages Digital forensic investigation is important for productive prosecution of the criminals who engage in digital crimes.
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