Timisoara, 18-24 June

ECIS 2022 - New Horizons in Digitally United Societies

Digital Forensics, Cyber Warfare & Cybercrime

Relevant dates

Initial submissions due: 20 March 2022
Submission decisions: 30 April 2022
Workshop date: June 20, 2022 

Submission email:

Sanjay Goel, University at Albany, USA,
Gurvirender Tejay, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA,

Given the increased sophistication of cyber-attacks and inability of cyber defenses in being able to stop them, digital forensics is becoming a critical element of cyber security. The protection mechanism for information and networks has shifted from perimeter defense to detection containment, and remediation. Digital Forensics involves examination of event logs and network traffic to detect attack traces left behind from the attacks. The forensics process is complex and cumbersome since the data formats and devices are proliferating and the volume of data is multiplying rapidly. For cybercrimes, forensics evidence is necessary for establishing culpability of the criminals for prosecution in the court of law. For instance, if there is a car accident using an automated vehicle, the responsibility of the accident will need to be established forensically since no human may be involved in operating the vehicle.

International cyber warfare is also extensively relying on forensics-based evidence to establish attribution of international attacks.  Additional challenges include early warning systems, cyber defence and deterrence, laws/polices for cyber warfare, and attribution problems. There is a strong behavioral component linked to the motivation of the perpetrators of cyber-attacks for both insiders as well as external hackers. Future technologies are going to be even more dependent on digital forensics as a tool to understand cyber failures and attacks.  The IS community has been slow to start research in this domain of forensics and cyber warfare. This workshop will provide an overview of the forensics practices as well as the set of problems relevant to cybercrime and cyber warfare along with promising research directions.

For this workshop, would-be participants are asked to submit 2-page submission capturing the research idea. The workshop submissions will be reviewed by the organizers. The submissions with good potential will be invited for workshop participation.

The participants will have the option to leverage two publication opportunities as journal special issues. The authors can incorporate feedback from workshop and submit final studies to the Special Issue for Information Systems Frontiers (https://www.springer.com/journal/10796) or Organizational Cybersecurity Journal (https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/ocj). The editors will be available for discussion at the workshop.

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