Paper on Cyber Forensics Tools Accepted at International Conference

April 18, 2011

An INI student will travel to Stuttgart, Germany to present a paper at the Sixth International Conference on IT Security Incident Management & IT Forensics (IMF2011). Hanan Hibshi (MS21), a second-year graduate student in the Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management program, co-authored the paper with Timothy Vidas, a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Lorrie Faith Cranor, an associate professor and the director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS).

The paper, titled "Usability of Forensics Tools: A User Study," explores issues involved in the design and implementation of digital forensics tools, which are used by law enforcement to find and trace electronic evidence back to criminal activity. The paper calls attention to a need to design these important tools for use by investigators with varying computer backgrounds. While some personnel have a technical background with expertise in cyber forensics, others are criminal investigators with only basic computer skills. The paper suggests the design of these tools should consider multiple levels of users.

Hibshi and her collaborators will present the paper this spring during the IMF2011 conference that runs May 10-12.