WSDF 2017

The 10th International Workshop on Digital Forensics

to be held in conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2017 –

August 29 – September 1, 2017, Reggio Calabria, Italy

Digital forensics is a rapidly evolving field primarily focused on the extraction, preservation and analysis of digital evidence obtained from electronic devices in a manner that is legally acceptable. Research into new methodologies tools and techniques within this domain is necessitated by an ever-increasing dependency on tightly interconnected, complex and pervasive computer systems and networks. The ubiquitous nature of our digital lifestyle presents many avenues for the potential misuse of electronic devices in crimes that directly involve, or are facilitated by, these technologies. The aim of digital forensics is to produce outputs that can help investigators ascertain the overall state of a system. This includes any events that have occurred within the system and entities that have interacted with that system. Due care has to be taken in the identification, collection, archiving, maintenance, handling and analysis of digital evidence in order to prevent damage to data integrity. Such issues combined with the constant evolution of technology provide a large scope of digital forensic research.

WSDF aims to bring together experts from academia, industry, government and law enforcement who are interested in advancing the state of the art in digital forensics by exchanging their knowledge, results, ideas and experiences. The aim of the workshop is to provide a relaxed atmosphere that promotes discussion and free exchange of ideas while providing a sound academic backing. The focus of this workshop is not only restricted to digital forensics in the investigation of crime. It also addresses security applications such as automated log analysis, forensic aspects of fraud prevention and investigation, policy and governance.

Topics of interest comprise but are not limited to:
Investigative Methodologies and Procedures
Fraud Investigations Involving Technology

Physical Memory Acquisition and Analysis

Digital Forensic Information Visualisation

Emerging challenges in Digital Forensics

Digital Evidence Extraction and Analysis

Incident Response and Management

Novel Data Recovery Techniques

Internet of Things (IoT) Forensics

Cyber Terrorism and Warfare

Big Data in Digital Forensics
Anti-Forensics Techniques
Investigative Case Studies

Cyber Crime investigation

Cyber Criminal Profiling

Network Forensics

Malware Analysis

Mobile Forensics

Portable Devices

Cloud Forensics

Log Analysis

eDiscovery Triage
IMportant Dates
Submission Deadline  May 1, 2017
Author Notification June 1, 2017
Proceedings Version  June 20, 2017
Conference  August 29 – September 1, 2017
Workshop ChairS

Richard Overill
King’s College London, UK

Virginia N. L. Franqueira
University of Derby, UK

Andrew Marrington
Zayed University, UAE

Andrew Jones
University of Hertfordshire, UK

Program Committee

Olga Angelopoulou, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Ibrahim Baggili, University of New Haven, USA
Frank Breitinger, University of New Haven, USA
Joanne Bryce, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Aniello Costiglione, Università di Salerno, Italy
Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, University of South Australia, Australia
George Grispos, The Irish Software Research Centre (LERO), Ireland
Joshua James, Soon Chun Hyang University, Korea
Vassil Roussev, University of New Orleans, USA
Mark Scanlon, University College Dublin, Ireland
Timothy Storer, University of Glasgow, UK
Simon Tjoa, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Pedro R. M. Inacio, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Katharina Krombholz, SBA Research, Austria
Aswami Ariffin, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Malaysia
Stefano Zanero, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Kam-Pui Chow, Hong Kong University, China
Chris Hargreaves, HARGS, UK
Antonio Colella, Italian Army, Italy
Yijun Yu, The Open University, UK
Thein Tun, The Open University, UK


The submission guidelines valid for the WSDF workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found >>here<<.

ARES 2017 (including the workshops) will be published by the International Conference Proceedings Series published by ACM (ACM ICPS).

invited speaker

Dr Richard Overill

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Computer Science Department of Informatics Strand Building Strand Campus King’s College London

The Sky: a Neglected Source of Error in Digital Forensic Investigations?”

: When evidence is recovered from a suspected crime scene prior to mounting a criminal prosecution the defence team will either try to discredit the recovered evidence  or try to come up with an alternative non-criminal explanation for the evidence. This is as true in digital forensics as in any other branch of forensics science. Sometimes an alternative explanation appears sufficiently plausible that the court is not convinced by the prosecution’s case “beyond all reasonable doubt”. Examples of this include the “Trojan Horse Defence” and the “Inadvertent Download Defence”. One of the strands of my digital meta-forensics research is to devise and evaluate the plausibility of such alternative explanations proactively, in anticipation of their use at trial by the defence team.
In this Keynote, I’ll describe a putative defence strategy for the existence of certain forensically recovered meta-data from a seized digital device which relies on an extra-terrestrial explanation! I’ll estimate its plausibility under a number of different conditions, and show how this has led to a new sub-discipline of “digital cosmo-forensics”.
Eur Ing Dr Richard E Overill, BSc, PhD, FBCS, FIMA, FHEA, CEng, CSci, CMath, CITP is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science in the Department of Informatics at King’s College London, where he lectures on digital crime and digital forensics to MSci and MSc students. He has published about 120 research papers in international conference proceedings, international journals, and invited book chapters, of which 55 are on cyber security and digital forensics. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Science & Law, and of the journal Digital Investigation.