Authors: Warren Harrison (Portland State University), George Heuston (Hillsboro Police Department), Mark Morrissey (Portland State University), David Aucsmith (Intel Corporation), Sarah Mocas (Portland State University), and Steve Russelle (Portland Police Bureau)



The Law Enforcement community possesses a large, but informal, community memory with respect to digital forensics. Large, because the experiences of every forensics technician and investigator contribute to the whole. Informal because there is seldom an explicit mechanism for disseminating this wisdom except “over the water cooler”. As a consequence, the same problems and mistakes continue to resurface and the same solutions are re-invented. In order to better exploit this informal collection of wisdom, the key points of each experience can be placed into a Repository for later dissemination. We describe a web-based Lessons Learned Repository (LLR) that facilitates contribution of Lessons, and their subsequent retrieval.