Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence

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The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) brings together organizations actively engaged in the field of digital and multimedia evidence to foster communication and cooperation as well as to ensure quality and consistency within the forensic community.

If these are your interests, we would like to welcome you to our site. We hope you will find the information found within to be of benefit.

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Mary Horvath, Chair
Federal Bureau of Investigation

James Darnell, Vice Chair
US Secret Service


-- The four new Approved documents from the June 2018 meeting are now available on the "Current Documents" page (under "Documents"). ~ 7/11/2018

-- Five new Drafts for Public Comment from the June 2018 meeting have been posted to the "Drafts for Public Comment" page (under "Documents"). Additional Drafts for Public Comment coming soon! ~ 7/10/2018
SWGDE is actively encouraging new membership! Learn about attending a meeting as a guest or applying for membership.
Newest Publications
SWGDE's most recent published documents are:
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Computer Forensic Examination
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Digital Evidence Collection
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Image Authentication
Provide Feedback
SWGDE seeks feedback from the DME community on our drafts for public comment:
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Portable GPS Devices
  • SWGDE Requirements for Report Writing in Digital and Multimedia Forensics
  • SWGDE Minimum Requirements for Testing Tools used in Digital and Multimedia Forensics

Myth of the Day

All data for a company or individual is located at the same physical location as the company or individual.
Category: All DME Myths
Data accessible from local digital devices may be physically located at another physical location and accessed via the Internet. The local user may not even know where the data is stored. The local IT department may “map” a network location to a local drive letter.
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