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 September 2019 Meeting announcement, with hotel and travel guidance, has been emailed out to all members and approved guests. If you are a member or approved guest and did NOT receive the meeting announcement, please email the Chair. Anyone planning to attend the meeting must RSVP by September 4th. If you are new to SWGDE and would like to attend, you must first submit a Guest Attendance Request* located on our Membership page.
*The funding window is now closed and we are only accepting new guest/membership applications for those who do not need funding/can self-fund.

- New documents from the June 2019 meeting have been posted.
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 Mobile Device Evidence Collection and Preservation, Handling, and Acquisition
  • SWGDE General Photography Guidelines for the Documentation of Evidence Items in the Laboratory
  • SWGDE Technical Overview for Forensic Image Comparison
Provide Feedback
SWGDE seeks feedback from the DME community on our drafts for public comment:
  • SWGDE Core Technical Concepts for Time-Based Analysis of Digital Video Files
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Digital Evidence Acquisition from Cloud Service Providers
  • SWGDE Best Practice for Frame Timing Analysis of Video Stored in ISO Base Media File Formats

Myth of the Day

Digital forensic examiners are able to have all available forensic tools on-site to conduct all types of digital forensic analysis.
Category: All DME Myths
Many forensic analysis processes require advanced tools that are not easily portable. Advanced password cracking tools run on high-powered, large desktop computers or even require a network of large, high-powered computers. Other forensic tools, such as chip-off equipment, are not created to be moved from their permanent location. Additionally, the evidence scene often presents conditions and challenges that are out of the control of personnel. Good scientific techniques, as well as the prudent desire to minimize avoidable negative impact, dictate to eliminate adverse conditions that are in one’s control at the scene by moving items to a controlled environment, if possible. This is no different from what happens every day in normal crime scene investigations. Some analyses on evidence that could be done at the scene are conducted at the laboratory to which the evidence is taken.
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