WSDF 2019

The 12th International Workshop on Digital Forensics

to be held in conjunction with the 14th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2019 – )

August 26 – August 29, 2018, Canterbury, UK

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:

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 10, 2019
Author Notification June 10, 2019
Proceedings Version June 23, 2019
ARES EU Symposium August 26, 2019
Conference August 26 – August 29, 2019
Keynote :

Immersive Virtual Insanity: Exploring Immersive Virtual Reality Security & Forensics
Ibrahim (Abe) Baggili, Elder Family Endowed Chair of Computer Science & Cybersecurity at the Tagliatela College of Engineering, University of New Haven

Abstract : The Virtual Reality (VR) market could surpass $ 40 Billion by 2020. The U.S. Military recently closed a deal worth $ 480 Million for the Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality (MR) device. Oculus has already released the first immersive VR system that is mobile with no wires and no need for a high-end gaming PC for $399. While these are exciting times, an important question needs to be investigated: Are we ensuring the security and privacy of these systems? In this talk I will present various experiments and findings we conducted in our lab related to the security and forensics of consumer grade immersive VR systems. I will show you how we are able to move people in physical spaces without their knowledge or consent, as well as other attacks that we coined and implemented related to immersive VR. Furthermore, we will also explore the forensic artifacts these systems produce.

Dr. Ibrahim (Abe) Baggili is the Elder Family Endowed Chair of Computer Science & Cybersecurity at the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of New Haven, CT, specializing in Cybersecurity & Forensics. He serves as the Assistant Dean and is the founder of the University of New Haven’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group ( UNHcFREG ). Abe is also the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (JDFSL). He received his BSc, MSc and PhD all from Purdue University where he worked as a researcher in CERIAS. He is the program lead on the Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, designated by the National Security Agency – one of only 21 programs nationally with that prestigious designation. Abe is also the co-founder of the X Reality Safety Initiative (XRSI.ORG).

Abe co-authored over 70 publications including books, peer reviewed articles, and conference papers and has received millions of dollars in funding for his work from a variety of sources including the NSF, NSA, DHS and MITRE. Most recently, work with his students showed security issues in mobile social messaging applications that affect over 1 billion people worldwide they also found major Virtual Reality exploits that affect people globally. His research interests include cybersecurity and forensics from technical, social, and psychological perspectives. He has worked closely with law enforcement and private sector and has published work on real challenges facing cybercriminal investigators and has presented at a number of conferences worldwide.

Abe’s work has also been featured in news outlets and on TV worldwide in over 20 languages.

To learn more about Abe and his work you can visit and .

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

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

Program Committee 2019

Aniello Castiglione, Università di Salerno, IT
Aswami Ariffin, CyberSecurity Malaysia, MY
Christopher Hargreaves, University of Oxford, UK
Frank Breitinger, University of New Haven, US
George Grispos, University of Nebraska Omaha, US
Graeme Horsman, Teesside University, UK
Jai Vasanth, Google, US
Jeroen van den Bos, Netherlands Forensic Institute, NL
Joshua James, Soon Chun Hyang University, KR
Kam Pui Chow, Hong Kong University, HK
Mark Scanlon, University College Dublin, IE
Muhammad Nadeem, University of Derby, UK
Olga Angelopoulou, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Oren Halvani, Fraunhofer Institute, DE
Simon Tjoa, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, AT
Stefano Zanero, Politecnico di Milano, IT
Vassil Roussev, University of New Orleans, US


ARES 2018 (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<<.