Programming for Digital Forensics

by Chris Hargreaves

This month I wanted to discuss programming, specifically whether learning a programming language is useful for a digital forensic practitioner. I have been unable to find any surveys or polls capturing the proportion of practitioners who can program, or what the language of choice is for those that do. However, anecdotally, my personal experience has left me surprised by the low proportion of practitioners who have programming experience. By ‘programming’ I am not suggesting that all practitioners should be re-implementing Encase, FTK etc. but that when appropriate, being able to write short simple scripts could be useful in a digital forensics context…


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