Authors: Philipp Amann (European Cybercrime Centre) and Joshua James (Digital Forensic Investigation Research Laboratory)



This work addresses the definition and identification of key elements of robustness and resilience in the context of sustainable digital investigation capacity. After a review of prior work, we describe the results of a structured questionnaire that was sent to 72 law enforcement agencies and subject-matter experts in both online and oral formats (app. response rate 29%). Based on an in-depth analysis of the feedback received, key elements for robustness and resilience of digital investigation capacity are identified and discussed at the strategic and operational levels, including Digital Forensics Strategy, Forensic Discipline, Standardisation, Continuous Education and Training, Research and Development, Co-operation, and Human Resources.