A Comparative Study of Teaching Forensics at a University Degree Level

Philip Anderson, Maximillian Dornseif, Felix Freiling, Thorsten Holz, Alastair Irons, Christopher Laing, Martin Mink

International Conference on IT Security Incident Management & IT Forensics (IMF), Stuttgart, Germany, October 2006


Abstract

Computer forensics is a relatively young University discipline which has developed strongly in the United States and the United Kingdom but is still in its infancy in continental Europe. The national programmes and courses offered therefore differ in many ways. We report on two recently established degree programmes from two European countries: Great Britain and Germany. We present and compare the design of both programmes and conclude that they cover two complementary and orthogonal aspects of computer forensics education: (a) rigorous practical skills and (b) competence for fundamental research discoveries.

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Tags: forensics, Teaching