Digital forensics is the function of unveiling and interpreting electronic data for use in a court of law. The objective of the process is to preserve any evidence in its most authentic form while performing a structured investigation by collecting, identifying and validating the digital information for the purpose of reconstructing past events (Janssen, 2010-2014).
There are many examiners in the Digital Forensic community who are not cognizant that professional codes of conduct and codes of ethical practices need to be an inherent part of every examination. This is especially important since it is a common practice to only examine the digital media for specific information requested by the investigator (Barbara, 2013).
Ultimately, the examiner is responsible for his or her results. Through education, training, and experience, he or she develops and enhances individual technical knowledge, skills, and abilities. This maturation process needs to involve adherence to an overriding code of professional conduct or a code of ethical practices. Doing so will give guidance and direction to the examiner when confronted with moral, professional, or ethical issues. Rightly or wrongly, morals, codes of professional conduct, conduct, and codes of ethical practices are intertwined. After reviewing the definitions of “code,” “conduct,” “ethics,” and “moral,” it is easy to comprehend why (see Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary). Generally, all codes consist of randomly agreed-upon rules that attempt to define appropriate behavior. This leads to many commonalities between the different codes. As one would expect, many professional forensic organizations have published codes for their members to follow (Barbara, 2013).
Why is Ethics is Important for the Forensics Profession
According to (ISFCE, 2014), All CCEs (certified computer examiner) and CCE Candidates must concur to abide by the ISFCE (international society of forensic computer examiner) Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility in order to receive and maintain the CCE certification. If an individual does not abide by this code, their behavoir will be subject to examination by the ISFCE Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and their certification could be suspended or revoked.
If this code is modified, all CCEs will be responsible to re-submit the amended code in order to maintain their certification.
The ISFCE feels very strongly about the value of a healthy, enforced Code of Ethics. Maintaining the integrity of the CCE is in the best interest of all CCE certificants. The ISFCE will fully and impartially investigate all suspected or apparent violations of the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility by applicants and CCE certificants.
A Code of Ethics is necessary to defend the integrity of the certification process. The ISFCE feels very strongly about the importance of a sound, enforced Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Code). Maintaining the...