Automation in digital forensics – the good, the bad and the preconceptions

Automation is not a new concept, it comes in numerous forms some of which are already in use in almost every digital forensics lab in the DFIR community. But, are all forms of automation right for all types of cases? What will happen to the forensic examiner role if we introduce workflow automation? Will automation decrease the quality of digital investigations? Join Aaron Sparling, Officer, Investigations Branch, Digital Forensics Unit at the Portland Police Bureau, for a thought-provoking presentation where he challenges common preconceptions about automation in digital forensics, presents some of the real ways automation is successfully being used today and where lab managers and examiners might face issues.