Professional Ethics in the Digital Forensics Discipline
Digital forensics examiners all confront ethical dilemmas made possible because they use privileged access to information systems and data, and because their services are almost always engaged incident to controversies. Examiners at one time or another will be exposed to trade secrets, threats to national security, information that private parties may pay handsomely for (or for the spoliation thereof), and highly personal information, including diaries, notes, personal photographs, and the like. Evidence found, overlooked, or determined not to exist by an examiner may decide the outcome of a multi-million dollar case, whether someone is imprisoned or set free, or which parent will be awarded custody of a child.
Regulation of the Profession
Some of the contemporary informal writing by respected scholars who have considered the codes of ethics in digital forensics suggests that they are inadequate at protecting the integrity of the profession:
Forensics is a field of expertise that touts qualification of those who use the designation as part of their professional field of expertise.
However, recently there have been new schools offering ‘forensic’ training in many fields with little actual classroom training. One would only need to search for forensic schools to find online schools offering training, continuing education, etcetera but “does not offer, issue, nor evaluate eligibility for certification”
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