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Top Digital Forensic Trends in 2018

Digital forensics market is a developing industry, which is expected to grow more than double by 2025 from US$ 3.08 billion in 2017. The global economy and a number of economic and environmental factors play a pivotal role in the development of this industry. As the number of digital devices and their users are increasing, so is the need and scope of digital forensics. There are companies like Elijaht digital forensics which are totally committed to this industry.

Let us see the top trends in 2018 for the digital forensics industry:

Deception Technologies

The operational technology is highly enabling the Internet of Things in many sectors like manufacturing and automotive. This makes use of sensors, which add a new element of cyber risk. To counter that, organizations are increasingly adopting deception technologies. The deception technology works on the principle of introducing thousands of fake credentials onto an organization’s network. With so many fake credentials, gaining access to a legitimate set of user identities becomes next to impossible at least mathematically for the cybercriminals. These deception technologies also help in understanding how the cybercriminals try to gain access and analyze their pattern of attack.

Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral Analytics

Both artificial intelligence and behavioral analytics have reached to a different level by a technique called ‘deep learning’. This technique helps the machines to learn by itself rather than following a given algorithm. As machines are getting educated on their own, they have begun to develop a language that even the system developers do not understand. As machines are learning by analyzing the users’ behavior over a period of time, it provides an additional layer of defense, which is beyond any authentication method. This also poses a challenge for digital forensic experts who need to integrate artificial intelligence into their tools to improve their ability to detect the crime.


As machines are getting intelligent at making decisions on behalf of humans using artificial intelligence, these are also turning into automated threat-seekers. They continuously keep scanning an organization’s environment and look for changes that indicate a potential threat and take appropriate action. This, in a way, increases the work of forensic experts who might have to explore this angle too while investigating any crime.

With the increase in sophistication and advancement of technology, things are changing rapidly and digital forensic trends are no different.

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