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PRIORITISATION IN DIGITAL FORENSICS: A CASE STUDY OF ABU DHABI POLICE

Alrumaithi, AM (2018) PRIORITISATION IN DIGITAL FORENSICS: A CASE STUDY OF ABU DHABI POLICE. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Abstract

The main goal of this research is to investigate prioritization process in digital forensics departments in law enforcement organizations. This research is motivated by the fact that case prioritisation plays crucial role to achieve efficient operations in digital forensics departments. Recent years have witnessed the widespread use of digital devices in every aspect of human life, around the globe. One of these aspects is crime. These devices have became an essential part of every investigation in almost all cases handled by police. The reason behind their importance lies in their ability to store huge amounts of data that can be utilized by investigators to solve cases under consideration. Thus, involving Digital Forensics departments, though often over-burdened and under-resourced, is becoming a compulsory to achieve successful investigations. Increasing the effectiveness of these departments requires improving their processes including case prioritisation. Existing literature focuses on prioritisation process within the context of crime scene triage. The main research problem in literature is prioritising existing digital devices found in crime scene in a way that leads to successful digital forensics. On the other hand, the research problem in this thesis focuses on prioritisation of cases rather than digital devices belonging to a specific case. Normally, Digital Forensics cases are prioritised based on several factors where influence of officers handling the case play one of the most important roles. Therefore, this research investigates how perception of different individuals in law enforcement organization may affect case prioritisation for the Digital Forensics department. To address this prioritisation problem, the research proposes the use of maturity models and machine learning. A questionnaire was developed and distributed among officers in Abu Dhabi Police. The main goal of this questionnaire is to measure perception regarding digital forensics among employees in Abu Dhabi police. Response of the subjects were divided into two sets. The first set represents responses of subjects who are experts in DF; while the other set includes the remaining subjects. Responses in the first set were averaged to produce a benchmark of the optimal questionnaire answers. Then, a reliability measure is proposed to summarize each subject’s perception. Data obtained from the reliability measurement were used in machine learning models, so that the process is automated. Results of data analysis confirmed the severity of problem where the proposed prioritisation process can be a very effective solution as seen in the results provided in this thesis.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: department of computer science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Computer Science
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2018 10:03
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2018 10:03
DOI or Identification number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00008936
Supervisors: Laws, A
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8936

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