Accreditation Of The Digital Forensics Laboratory Essay

1049 Words May 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Purpose: This memorandum contains a discussion and final recommendation concerning the accreditation of the digital forensics laboratory through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), or an alternative, in order to show that the digital forensics laboratory meets established standards and guidelines.
Discussion:
Forensic laboratory accreditation is a growing trend with 391 crime laboratories currently being accredited, which breaks down to 186 State labs, 130 Local labs, 32 Federal labs, 18 International labs, and 25 private labs (ASCLD/LAB, 2016). A search for “multimedia” of the accredited laboratories index page, found on the ASCLD/LAB website of accredited laboratory index resulted in only 70 hits out of the 391 laboratories listed, of which the first 10 were verified that computer forensics was offered at the laboratory (ASCLD/LAB, 2016). In other words, only 17.9% of laboratories that offer computer forensics services are actually accredited through the ASCLD/LAB in the world. If this digital forensics laboratory were to gain accreditation, it be in an elite group of ASCLD/LAB accredited labs. According to Guttman (2009), the benefits of standards such as those of the International Organization on Computer Evidence (IOCE) 7 Goals for Standards for C[omputer] F[orensics] Evidence are consistency with all legal systems, allowance for the use of a common language, durability, ability to cross international…

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