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While some individuals have referred to digital forensics as an art, the literature of the discipline suggests a trend toward the formalization of digital forensics as a forensic science. Questions about the quality of digital evidence and forensic soundness continue to be raised by researchers and practitioners in order to ensure the trustworthiness of digital evidence and its value to the courts. This paper reviews the development of digital forensic models, procedures and standards to lay a foundation for the discipline. It also points to new work that provides validation models through a complete mapping of the discipline.
Slay, J., Lin, Y. C., Turnbull, B., Beckett, J., & Lin, P. (2009). Towards a formalization of digital forensics. In IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (Vol. 306, pp. 37–47). Springer New York LLC. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-04155-6_3