2016 Digital Forensics Curriculum Standards Workshop

The 4th International Workshop on Digital Forensics Curriculum Standards (DFCS) will be held in Champaign, Illinois on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the I-Hotel’s Illinois Ballroom C. The Workshop is supported by funding provided by the National Science Foundation. For program details on our Digital Forensics Education Initiative, please see our main website at: http://publish.illinois.edu/digital-forensics/

Organizing Committee: Roy Campbell, Masooda Bashir, and Faisal Hasan.

There is a marked shortage of qualified digital forensics practitioners in the U.S., so the demand for education in this area is high. At the same time, the field of digital forensics also requires more research efforts in a range of areas that have not been adequately explored, such as reasoning about digital evidence, tool validation, data storage, and scalability. How do we fill this void in digital forensics research and adapt educational programs to do so as well?

The goal of this workshop is to serve as a forum for discussion of needs in digital forensics research and the possible methods to fill this void. We will bring together representatives from digital forensics organizations, practicing digital forensics professionals, and educators from universities and colleges. We will leverage our own experiences in developing an advanced course in an all-new multidisciplinary undergraduate digital forensics program at the University of Illinois, as well as the diverse perspectives and experiences of the participants. We hope to discover a common ground of how to fill the digital forensics research void.

The University of Illinois is organizing this workshop as a key step in the creation of its all-new digital forensics curriculum, which is being developed at Illinois but that we intend to disseminate broadly as a standardized approach. Our curriculum will include an introductory course with labs; an advanced course with labs; and a third course addressing special topics, which will be an advanced hands-on laboratory class. We have already developed the introductory lecture class, an advanced lecture class, and accompanying labs, and offered them to students at Illinois. We will present our findings on that process and discuss the challenges we experienced in presenting advanced digital forensics course topics and an implementation of a semester-long research project. We will also describe the curriculum content that we’re making available to other institutions, and our preliminary plans for our third course.


Pre-Workshop Day:  Monday, May 9, 2016
Venue: The I-Hotel, Champaign, IL 61820 – Excellence Room
Welcome Reception: 6:00-9:00 PM (By Invitation Only)


Workshop Day: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Venue: The I-Hotel, Champaign, IL 61820 – Illinois Ballroom C



Link to PDF of the Agenda

8:00-9:00 AM: Breakfast and Registration
9:00-9:45 AM: Welcome Presentation:

  • Andreas Cangellaris, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • David Nicol, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Roy Campbell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Masooda Bashir, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
9:45-10:45 AM: Keynote Address:

  • Digital Forensics at NIST
    Barbara Guttman, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
10:45-11:00 AM: Break
11:00-11:45 AM: Digital Forensics Curriculum Innovations:

  • What 13 Years of Teaching Digital Forensics Hasn’t Taught Me
    J. Philip Craiger, Daytona State College
  • Teaching Digital Forensics at the Community College
    Kevin Vaccaro, Moraine Valley Community College
11:45-12:00 PM: Break and Prepare for Lunch
12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch and Keynote Address:

  • The Current and Future State of Digital Forensics Curriculum
    Marcus K. Rogers, Purdue University
1:00-1:30 PM: Break and Poster Session
1:30-2:30 PM: New Topics for Digital Forensics Curriculum (Internet of Things, Mobile Forensics, Cloud Forensics):

  • IoT Forensics
    Roy Campbell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Mobile Device Forensics: Challenges and Trends in Curriculum Development 
    Josh Brunty, Marshall University
  • Cloudy Forensics–Challenges and Rewards in Cloud Forensics Research & Education
    Vassil Roussev, University of New Orleans
2:30-3:30 PM:


Legal and Psychological Aspects of Digital Forensics Education:

  • Digital Forensics and the Law
    Jay Kesan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The Need for Cyber Criminology in Digital Forensics Curriculum
    Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, Purdue University
  • E-Discovery: Gateway Drug to Data Science
    Dave Lewis, David D. Lewis Consulting
  • Digital Forensics Curriculum Standards: A Legal Perspective
    Michelle Bogosh, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics
3:30-4:05 PM: Breakout Sessions:

  • Challenges to Teaching Digital Forensics
  • Future Collaboration for Digital Forensics Curriculum and Standards
4:05-4:25 PM: Breakout Session Summaries
4:25-4:30 PM: Closing Remarks


All attendees are required to register for DFCS 2016. Please visit the registration website to register.

For hotel reservations, please visit the I-Hotel website at: I-Hotel. We have rooms reserved at a special rate if you make your reservation before May 2nd!

Willard Airport (CMI) is located just south of the I-Hotel in Champaign, IL. Please visit their website for more information.

For travel information to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please visit the Parking Division’s website.