Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Misinterpretation of Digital Evidence: Recommendations to Improve Data Integrity
by Bednar-Schadle, Teresa, M.S., Utica College, 2018, 73; 13423713
Abstract (Summary)

The criminal justice system struggles to remain current with modern technology, and the result is the conviction of innocent victims due to the misinterpretation of digital forensic data. It is common for criminal trials to rely on digital evidence and not uncommon the guilty acquitted based on digital evidence. The research contained in this report covered some of the factors contributing to the misinterpretation of digital forensic data. Among the contributing factors are lack of professional and ethical standards governing digital forensic investigators, inadequate training, outdated equipment, and lack of standardized protocols for analyzing digital evidence. All are problems leading to evidentiary issues, and improper jury decisions based on shaky digital evidence (Sloan, 2015).

Research conducted for this report also provides recommendations to minimize the risk of digital forensic data misinterpretation. Recommendations included new technology training and establishment of formal ethics training and requirements for all investigators. Other recommendations included adopting the use of behavior analysis and knowledge management during investigations. Results from a 2015 survey to identify the biggest challenges facing digital forensic investigators also included investigator training, new technology and the need to provide digital technology training for prosecutors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hollington, Rampaul
Commitee: Woods, Patricia
School: Utica College
Department: Cybersecurity
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Information Technology
Keywords: Computer forensics
Publication Number: 13423713
ISBN: 978-0-438-75731-8
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