WSDF 2021

The 14th International Workshop on Digital Forensics

to be held in conjunction with the 16th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2021 –

August 17 – August 20, 2021

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 digital devices in modern life presents many avenues for the potential misuse of these 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:

Digital Evidence Extraction and Analysis
Network Forensics
Anti-Forensics Techniques
Physical Memory Acquisition and Analysis
Digital Forensic Information Visualisation
Fraud Investigations Involving Technology
Portable Devices
Cyber Terrorism and Warfare
Log Analysis
Incident Response and Management
Investigative Case Studies
Artificial Intelligence in Digital Forensics
Best Practices and Case Studies

Malware Analysis
Novel Data Recovery Techniques
Cyber Criminal Profiling
Big Data in Digital Forensics
Cyber Crime investigation
Cloud Forensics
Mobile & Drones Forensics
Investigative Methodologies and Procedures
Internet of Things (IoT) Forensics
Emerging challenges in Digital Forensics
Investigative OSINT

Submission Deadline May 07, 2021
Author Notification May 28, 2021
Proceedings Version June 13, 2021
ARES EU Symposium August 17, 2021
All-Digital Conference August 17 – August 20, 2021
Workshop Chairs

Richard Overill
King’s College London, UK

Virginia N. L. Franqueira
University of Kent, UK

Andrew Marrington
Zayed University, UAE

Andrew Jones
University of Hertfordshire, UK

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
University of Texas at San Antonio, US

Program Committee 

Olga Angelopoulou, University of Warwick, UK
Sandra Avila, University of Campinas (Unicamp), BR
Frank Breitinger, University of Liechtenstein, DE
Aniello Castiglione, University of Naples Parthenope, IT
Kam-Pui Chow, The University of Hong Kong, HK
Jan Collie, The Open University, UK
David Dampier, University of Texas at San Antonio, US
William Glisson, Sam Houston State University, US
George Crispos, University of Nebraka, US
Oren Halvani, Fraunhofer Institute, DE
Chris Hargreaves, University of Oxford, UK
Joshua James, Hallym University, KR
Erisa Karafili, University of Southampton, UK
Simon Lang, Coalfire, UK
Reza Parizi, Kennesaw State University, US
Liliana Pasquale, University College Dublin, IE
Kiran-Kumar Muniswamy-Reddy, Oracle, US
Chiara Pero, University of Salerno, IT
Joseph Remy, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, US
Mark Scanlon, University College Dublin, IE
Simon Tjoa, St. Polten University of Applied Sciences, AT
Benjamin Turnbull, The University of New South Wales, UK
Inna Vogel, Fraunhofer Institute, DE
Adrian Winckles, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Stefano Zanero, Politecnico di Milano, IT
Jeroen van den Bos, Netherlands Forensic Institute, NL
Harm van-Beek, Netherlands Forensic Institute, NL


ARES 2020 (including workshops) was published by the International Conference Proceedings Series published by ACM (ACM ICPS).

The submission guidelines valid for the workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. It is necessary that all papers submitted to EasyChair are anonymized (no names or affiliations of authors should be visible in the paper).
They can be found >>here<<.