Insight: an application of information visualisation techniques to digital forensics investigations

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As digital devices are becoming ever more ubiquitous in our day to day lives, more of our personal information and behavioural patterns are recorded on these devices. The volume of data held on these devices is substantial, and people investigating these datasets are facing growing backlog as a result. This is worsened by the fact that many software tools used in this area are text based and do not lend themselves to rapid processing by humans.

This body of work looks at several case studies in which these datasets were visualised in attempt to expedite processing by humans. A number of different 2D and 3D visualisation methods were trialled, and the results from these case studies fed into the design of a final tool which was tested with the assistance of a group of individuals studying Digital Forensics.

The results of this research show some encouraging results which indicate visualisation may assist analysis in some aspects, and indicates useful paths for future work.
Original languageEnglish
Article number17
Pages (from-to)100-118
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal on Cyber Situational Awareness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2017


  • Digital forensics
  • Information visualisation
  • Computer security
  • Usable security


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