Aspects of Digital Forensics in South Africa

Irons, Alastair and Ophoff, Jacques (2016) Aspects of Digital Forensics in South Africa. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 11. pp. 273-283. ISSN 1555-1229

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Abstract

This paper explores the issues facing digital forensics in South Africa. It examines particular cyber threats and cyber threat levels for South Africa and the challenges in addressing the cybercrimes in the country through digital forensics. The paper paints a picture of the cy-bercrime threats facing South Africa and argues for the need to develop a skill base in digi-tal forensics in order to counter the threats through detection of cybercrime, by analyzing cybercrime reports, consideration of current legislation, and an analysis of computer foren-sics course provision in South African universities. The paper argues that there is a need to develop digital forensics skills in South Africa through university programs, in addition to associated training courses. The intention in this paper is to promote debate and discussion in order to identify the cyber threats to South Africa and to encourage the development of a framework to counter the threats – through legislation, high tech law enforcement structures and protocols, digital forensics education, digital forensics skills development, and a public and business awareness of cybercrime threats.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Computing > Cybersecurity
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Sciences > Department of Computing Engineering and Technology
Depositing User: Alastair Irons
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 13:32
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 14:54
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/6806

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