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The field of Cyber Forensics is still in its early stages of development. There are many

possibilities for conducting research to progress the field, but not everyone knows what

they are. This study sought to identify the general needs of the field’s practitioners

and discover any prevailing issues preventing the Cyber Forensic field from

maintaining or establishing validity in its procedures, software, and expert witnesses.

This study took volunteers from universities that offer a cyber forensic program and

each state’s Law Enforcement cyber crime units. All participants were given three

rounds of questions in order to discover the issues of the field. From these questions,

lists of categorized issues were generated. The top issues were chosen from each

category, as well as the top ten issues overall.


Cyber Forensics, Academic, Law Enforcement, Research, Cyber Forensic Expert

Date of this Version



Computer and Information Technology

Department Head

Jeffery Brewer

Month of Graduation



Master of Science

Head of Graduate Program

Marcus Rogers

Advisor 1 or Chair of Committee

Marcus Rogers

Committee Member 1

Eric Matson

Committee Member 2

J. Eric Dietz