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CFP: Digital Forensics of Embedded Systems

The Journal of Digital Investigation is currently calling for papers for a Special Issue on Digital Forensics of Embedded Systems. The Guest Editors of this issue are Pavel Gladyshev, Ronald van der Knijff & Bradley Schatz.

We would welcome any novel research into aspects of digital forensics of embedded and mobile computing devices. Submissions are due 1 October 2013.

UPDATE: The due date for submissions for this CFP has been extended to 20 February 2014.

The Journal of Digital Investigation covers cutting edge developments in digital forensics and incident response from around the globe.

We welcome submissions for a special issue on Embedded Systems.

The issue will focus on the challenges presented to digital forensics and incident response in the shift from commodity monolithic operating systems and hardware platforms to bespoke and embedded computing devices.

We seek submissions including case studies, practitioner reports of what works in practice, survey articles covering state-of-the-art and future needs, objective tool reviews, and relevant legal analysis. We are also looking for work that proposes possible normalization and standardization in this area.

Deadline for submissions is 20 February 2014.

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An embedded system is a computer system that controls operation of a special purpose machine or device, such as

  • automobile engine, brakes, navigator,
  • mobile phone,
  • SCADA/ICS device,
  • smart meter,
  • CCTV camera recorder,
  • toy,
  • washing machine,
  • mini PABX,

Individual embedded systems are becoming increasingly networked forming the foundation of what is now called smart homes and smart cities. Being part of everyday human activities, embedded systems can be an important source of evidence in digital investigations.

The embedded systems range in complexity from primitive controllers with well defined, fixed functionality, to 32-bit systems capable of running full versions of Linux or Windows. Most embedded systems are proprietary, bespoke systems, whose interfaces, data structures and internal operation are protected by NDAs. As a result, the extraction and interpretation of the data from such systems is a major challenge of embedded system forensics.

Embedded systems are increasingly employed for acquisition & analysis tasks in forensic practice. There may be novel forensic applications of embedded systems with the potential to greatly enhance the efficiency of investigations.

In an effort to increase understanding and advance the state of the art, this special issue is dedicated to presenting the varying views regarding digital forensics of, and with, embedded systems.
Submit a case study, survey paper, tool review, or other contribution now.
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