Report Writing for Digital Forensics
Special Guest: Jason Wilkins, Digital Forensic Examiner/Intel Analyst, Clayton County PD
In this episode, we are joined by Jason Wilkins, digital forensic examiner and intel analyst at Clayton County Police Department. Jason will be discussing report writing and why it is so important. He will also share hints and tips on how to write the perfect digital forensics report.
Jason has been in the industry for about a year. Through his training and work, he realized that there seemed to be a lack of proper instruction on report writing. He feels that investigators are expected to simply “pick up” how to do this on the job or for the examiners to take a specific course. Yet, most never do. As a result, he will be discussing how to create clear, concise reports.
- Importance of Reports: Understanding the importance of reports is vital when considering what to include in the report itself. Reports must often be presented to people at many different levels of technological understanding. It is, therefore, essential to clearly and concisely present the evidence that will support further investigation or arrest, provide justification for collecting more evidence, and provide the basis for disciplinary action.
- Guidelines for Writing: It is important to include a basic structure to the report. There are many different structure options, but reports should include a summary, table of contents, body of report, conclusion, references, glossary, and appendixes.
- Generating Reports: Forensic software reports what evidence was found and where, but it is up to the examiner to explain the significance of that evidence and define limitations. There are multiple software options for generating reports, the most common being Microsoft Word.
Listen to the full episode to learn more on how to create the perfect digital forensic report and to see multiple real-life examples.