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This resources page contains a list of Forensics related sites.
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AFF (Advanced Forensics Format) is an open and extensible file format designed to store disk images and associated metadata. Using AFF, the user is not locked into a proprietary format that may limit how he or she may analyze it. An open standard enables investigators to quickly and efficiently use their preferred tools to solve crimes, gather intelligence, and resolve security incidents.
AFCEA International is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security.
The American Academy of Forensics Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advanced science and it’s applications to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.
The American Board of Criminalistics is composed of regional and national organizations which represent forensic scientists. It’s an organization that provides forensic certification in a number of different forensic fields. They look to: establish professional levels of knowledge, skills and abilities; define a mechanism for achieving these levels; recognize those who have demonstrated attainment of these levels; and promote growth within the profession.
AntiChildPorn.Org (ACPO) is an organization, comprised of volunteers from all around the world, whose mission is to stop the sexual exploitation of the world’s children. For the past five years ACPO has been addressing the issues of Child Pornography production and distribution via the Internet, as well as the predatory use of the Internet for the sexual abuse of children.
Homepage has not been updated since 2006.
Association Of Sites Advocating Child Protection – Founded in 1996, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating child pornography from the Internet. ASACP battles child pornography through its CP reporting hotline, and by organizing the efforts of the online adult industry to combat the heinous crime of child sexual abuse. ASACP also works to help parents prevent children from viewing age-inappropriate material online.
Computer Forensics World – A large database driven news site for the law enforcement, e-discovery, and digital forensics community.
A quote for the Computer Forensics World website:
Computer Forensics World is a growing community of professionals involved in the digital forensics industry. It is an open resource, free for all to access and to use. It strongly encourages the sharing of information and peer to peer assistance.
To support this initiative, a range of interactive facilities are available, including surveys, forums and posting areas for information and papers. Please feel free to use all these features.
As with all user groups and communities, its success ultimately depends upon its members. Greater involvement by larger numbers will always create a more vibrant and useful experience.
Computer-Forensics.co.uk – The main users of Computer Forensics are law enforcement officers, as a large percentage of crimes in some way utilise digitally stored data. This data could be a phone call made on a mobile phone, (or cell phone), which could place an individual at the scene of a crime, (or of course away from it), accounts for illegal activities such as drug sales, images of pedophilia, human resource issues, hacking, email abuse, unauthorised data duplication, IP theft etc. Corporate organisations are utilising computer forensics more and more now as they often have to investigate incidents such as inappropriate computer use, inappropriate email use, unauthorised data duplication and disloyal employees. Human Resource departments and Internal Security are the biggest users of these specialist corporate services. Private individuals may also use these services. It may be the lover cheating on their partner, or inappropriate internet use by a family member.
CIRCAMP is one of several COSPOL groups on various crime areas, and had worked on other Action Plans since its initiation in 2004. COSPOL is an abbreviation for Comprehensive Operational Strategic Planning for the Police.
The Cybercrime Summit is a yearly computer forensics event held in Kennesaw, Georgia. Forensic professionals from all over the US attend this 5 day event.
The event has not been held since 2007.
DFRWS (Digital Forensics Research Conference) is dedicated to the sharing of knowledge and ideas about digital forensics research. Ever since it organized the first open workshop devoted to digital forensics in 2001, DFRWS continues to bring academics and practitioners together in an informal environment. As a non-profit, volunteer organization, DFRWS sponsors annual conferences, technical working groups, and challenges to help drive the direction of research and development.
The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) is responsible for implementing the Department’s national strategies in combating computer and intellectual property crimes worldwide.
The Computer Crime Initiative is a comprehensive program designed to combat electronic penetrations, data thefts, and cyberattacks on critical information systems. CCIPS prevents, investigates, and prosecutes computer crimes by working with other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts. Section attorneys work to improve the domestic and international infrastructure-legal, technological, and operational-to pursue network criminals most effectively.
The Section’s enforcement responsibilities against intellectual property crimes are similarly multi-faceted. Intellectual Property (IP) has become one of the principal U.S. economic engines, and the nation is a target of choice for thieves of material protected by copyright, trademark, or trade-secret designation. In pursuing all these goals, CCIPS attorneys regularly run complex investigations, resolve unique legal and investigative issues raised by emerging computer and telecommunications technologies; litigate cases; provide litigation support to other prosecutors; train federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel; comment on and propose legislation; and initiate and participate in international efforts to combat computer and intellectual property crime.
Expert Witness Network – The mission of the Expert Witness Network is to link attorneys and expert witnesses via the World Wide Web by using online technology to reduce the time and costs associated with locating the best expert for a case.
The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice. It has the authority and responsibility to investigate specific crimes assigned to it. The FBI also is authorized to provide other law enforcement agencies with cooperative services, such as fingerprint identification, laboratory examinations, and police training.
Forensic Focus is a forensic community with over thirty thousand members. It provides a platform for digital forensics and eDiscovery professional with forums, email discussion list, and newsletter.
Forensics Wiki – a Creative Commons-licensed wiki devoted to information about digital forensics.
FIRST brings together a variety of computer security incident response teams from government, commercial, and educational organizations. FIRST aims to foster cooperation and coordination in incident prevention, to stimulate rapid reaction to incidents, and to promote information sharing among members and the community at large.
The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is designed to encourage, promote, aid and effect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership.
International Journal of Digital Evidence (IJDE) is a forum for discussion of theory, research, policy, and practice in the rapidly changing field of digital evidence.
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The National Forensic Science Technology Center is a not-for-profit corporation funded by a Cooperative Agreement with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and provides programs that build individual competency and quality systems for the forensic science community in the United States.
National Institute Of Justice – NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels. NIJ’s principal authorities are derived from the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended (see 42 USC 3721-3723) and Title II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Office of Science and Technology, the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) system serves as an "honest broker" offering support, research findings, and technological expertise to help State and local law enforcement, corrections, and other criminal justice personnel perform their duties more safely and efficiently.
National Institute Of Standards and Technology (NIST) – The Computer Forensics Tools Verification project provides a measure of assurance that the tools used in the investigations of computer-related crimes produce valid results. It also supports other projects in the National Institute of Justices overall computer forensics research program, such as the National Software Reference Library (NSRL).
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is Americas cryptologic organization. It coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. government information systems and produce foreign signals intelligence information. A high technology organization, NSA is on the frontiers of communications and data processing. It is also one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research within the government.
Officer.com provides today’s law enforcement officer with up to date news, information, and resources to help them do their job.
The Open Source Digital Forensics site is a reference for the use of open source software in digital investigations (a.k.a. digital forensics, computer forensics, incident response). Open source tools may have a legal benefit over closed source tools because they have a documented procedure and allow the investigator to verify that a tool does what it claims.
Reddy’s Forensic Page is run by a retired forensic scientist with Police Laboratory, New York City Police Department. He spent 36 years in the forensics field and his site is a large collection of forensics material and links.
Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory – The RCFL is a one-stop, full service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations, such as, but not limited to
- Child pornography
- Crimes of violence
- The theft or destruction of intellectual property
- Internet crimes
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Technical Security Branch – The Technical Security Branch (TSB) is part of the RCMP’s Technical Operations and are dedicated to providing the Canadian federal government with a full range of professional physical and IT security services.
The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) brings together organizations actively engaged in the field of digital and multimedia evidence to foster communication and cooperation as well as ensuring quality and consistency within the forensic community.
The Computer Crime Research Center was created in 2001 to conduct research in legal criminal and criminological problems of cybercrime with the purpose to render scientific and methodical aid, consulting. They accumulate experience and perform analysis of results of scientific practical research in counteracting and preventing computer crimes.
The Computer Forensics Tool Testing (CFTT) project provides a measure of assurance that the tools used in computer forensics investigations produce accurate results. The CFTT develops specifications and test methods for computer forensics tools and then tests tools to those specifications. The results help toolmakers improve the tools, users make informed choices about acquiring and using computer forensics tools, and the legal community and others to understand the tools’ capabilities. This approach for testing computer forensic tools is based on well recognized methodologies for conformance testing and quality testing.
EDRM, now a part of the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies, creates practical resources to improve e-discovery and information governance. Since 2005 EDRM has delivered leadership, standards, best practices, tools, guides and test data sets to improve electronic discovery and information governance. Member individuals, law firms, corporations and government organizations actively contribute to the direction of EDRM.
The National Center for Forensic Science provides research, education, training, tools and technology to meet the current and future needs of the forensic science, investigative and criminal justice communities. The NCFS is a program of the National Institute of Justice hosted by the University of Central Florida.
The National Museum of Crime & Punishment, located in Washington, D.C. The museum displays excellent depictions of historically famous crime scenes along with detailed information concerning national crime and punishment.
Forensics professionals are invited to join the forensic blog.
The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is made up of police forces from around the world working together to fight online child abuse.