Digital forensics education: A multidisciplinary curriculum model

Imani Palmer, Elaine Wood, Stefan Nagy, Gabriela Garcia, Masooda Bashir, Roy Campbell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This paper reports experiences and lessons learned in the process of developing and implementing an undergraduate curriculum for digital forensics over the last three years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The project addresses the challenges of developing a higher-education standardized curriculum for digital forensics that meets the needs of the digital forensics community. The curriculum provides degree options and considers the growing employability of digital forensics students in an increasing range of jobs. The approach builds on the multidisciplinary nature of the field. The findings include a curriculum model, detailed course content, exams, and an evaluation package for measuring how students respond to the courses. This paper summarizes the model, results, challenges, and opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigital Forensics and Cyber Crime - 7th International Conference, ICDF2C 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsFrank Breitinger, Joshua I. James
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319255118
StatePublished - 2015
Event7th International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime, ICDF2C 2015 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Oct 6 2015Oct 8 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Other7th International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime, ICDF2C 2015
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Digital forensics
  • Higher education
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Portable curriculum
  • Standardization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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