Aspects of digital forensics in South Africa

Alastair Irons*, Jacques Ophoff*

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This paper explores the issues facing digital forensics in South Africa. It examines particular cyber threats and cyber threat levels for South Africa and the challenges in addressing the cyber-crimes in the country through digital forensics. The paper paints a picture of the cybercrime threats facing South Africa and argues for the need to develop a skill base in digital forensics in order to counter the threats through detection of cybercrime, by analyzing cybercrime reports, consideration of current legislation, and an analysis of computer forensics course provision in South African universities. The paper argues that there is a need to develop digital forensics skills in South Africa through university programs, in addition to associated training courses. The inten-Tion in this paper is to promote debate and discussion in order to identify the cyber threats to South Africa and to encourage the development of a framework to counter the threats -Through legislation, high tech law enforcement structures and protocols, digital forensics education, digital forensics skills development, and a public and business awareness of cybercrime threats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-283
Number of pages11
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management
Early online date31 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Digital forensics
  • Cybercrime
  • Legislation
  • Skills development
  • South Africa


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