The fourth annual DFRWS APAC 2024 conference will be held Tuesday, October 22 through Thursday, October 24, as an in-person conference in Brisbane, Australia which runs concurrently with attendees participating in satellite sites within APAC.

Conference Location:

Brisbane, Australia

October 22, 2024 to October 24, 2024


DFRWS APAC 2024 will take place at Cloudland (641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia, 4006) in heart of the Fortitude Valley district in Brisbane, Australia.  Known as the valley by locals, this district is famous for its live music, arts & culture and is bustling with sidewalk cafes, local boutiques, eclectic eateries and a wide variety of drinking establishments ranging from historic pubs and beer gardens to swanky roof top bars. The Valley also offers easy access to the newly redeveloped Wharf precinct along the river for round the clock activities. 


Fortitude Valley offers a number of hotels and accommodation options.  The following venues are all within walking distance and selected to meet a variety of budgets and styles. 

Hotel X (Brisbane Fortitude Vly):

Hotel X is the closest hotel to the main venue and offers “playful luxury at every turn” with iconic artwork and avant-garde interiors to a rooftop pool and in house bistro, every detail is undeniably indulgent.

Hotel X has offered DFRWS attendees a discounted room rate of $270 per room per night. Please note that this rate is subject to availability and may change closer to the date based on demand so it would be best to book asap.

Hotel X Accomodation Booking Link

Central Brunswick Apartment Hotel:

Close walking distance to the venue, this hotel offers studios or one-bedroom apartments. The studio apartments are spacious and offer guests all the conveniences needed for a short stay. The one- bedroom apartments are available either in a loft style with a mezzanine bedroom and bathroom or with a conventional one-bedroom layout and a separate living area.

Bunk Brisbane:

Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley’s vibrant nightlife district, Bunk Brisbane is a multi-award-winning hostel with great access to the main venue. Private rooms with en-suite bathrooms are available or stay in a dorm (single-sex available) to make your money go further. 


Fortitude Valley boasts plentiful public transit options and is easily accessible from the Brisbane International Airport (BNE). More information about Direct flights can be found here:

For those arriving by car, there are a number of parking lots within a few block radius of the main venue. 

Travel Arrangements for International Visitors

International Attendees must follow Australian travel requirements. This site offers some friendly advice for visitors. 

For example The eVisitor Visa is ideal for EU (European Union) passport holders attending seminars and conferences in Australia while The eTA – Electronic Travel Authority ( is an electronic permit visa that allows the holder to travel to Australia for business purposes, tourism, or a family visit. The application process is all online and this visa can be received in as little as 24 hours. Please refer to the Australian government website as the ultimate authority on visas:


Digital Forensics is dead! Long live Digital Forensics!

Dr. Michael Cohen | Rapid 7

We all know that Digital forensics is a rapidly evolving field. Those best practices and techniques that were widely used in the past are no longer effective or recommended. This talk will examine the evolution of Digital Forensics over the past few decades. This evolution occurred on many frontiers, from a strictly law enforcement tool to a critical tool of enterprise incident response, and from thorough bit-for-bit acquisition/analysis of each device to more efficient targeted analysis of a large number of devices. The techniques have evolved and our capabilities have grown with them.More recently, major device manufacturers increased privacy and security protections within their devices, limiting our access to vital artifacts. At the same time, the need for increased visibility on corporate devices is rising with our heightened exposure risks to ransomware groups and regulatory compliance. This inherent conflict of interest must be addressed by proactively increasing our forensic preparedness: Taking proactive steps to enhance the likelihood of a successful forensic investigation, should the need arise.Join Mike as he recounts the state of the field over years and discusses future challenges. Mike began working on Digital Forensic tools a couple of decades ago. In that time Mike had directly experienced the evolving needs of the Digital Forensics field, and available tooling. More recently Mike has developed Velociraptor, a leading enterprise DFIR tool seeking to enhance forensic preparedness and enterprise digital forensic capabilities.Dr. Michael Cohen has over 20 years of experience in applying and developing novel incident response and digital forensics tools and techniques.He has previously worked in the Australian Department of Defence as an information security specialist, at the Australian Federal Police specializing in digital forensics, network and memory forensics. In 2010 he joined Google, where he created tools in support of the incident response team.In 2020, Mike has joined Rapid7 to support and develop Velociraptor, an advanced open source endpoint visibility tool.



DFRWS invites original contributions in the form of research papers, non-research presentations, demos, and posters in topic areas related to digital evidence and digital forensics.

FULL RESEARCH PAPERS that align with the topics of interest undergo double-blinded peer review, and the proceedings are published by Elsevier (10 pages, blinded).

PRESENTATIONS / DEMOS require a brief proposal (~500 words; not a paper) and undergo a light review process. Accepted proposals will be given a presentation slot during the conference.

POSTERS / DEMOS allow for the presentation of current research efforts and the discussion of preliminary results with the Digital Forensics Community during a dedicated poster session.

WORKSHOPS can be 2 to 4 hours (please indicate) and ideally include hands-on participation by attendees, allowing for an in-depth, detailed exploration of tools and techniques of interest to DFRWS attendees.


All presentations must be delivered in-person from the primary conference venue in Brisbane, Australia. Delivery remotely may be accepted by the organizing committee in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the organizing committee. 


We ask you to submit all contributions via EasyChair (select the appropriate track during submission). Please make sure to follow the submission criteria ( on the website. Organizers may reject work that does not follow the listed criteria. 


All deadlines are at the end of the stated day at 23:59 using the Anywhere on Earth (AOE) convention. 

For more information, see the DFRWS APAC 2024 homepage at:

For any queries related to your submissions, please contact us through:

Topics of Interest

DFRWS welcomes new perspectives that push the envelope of what is currently possible in digital forensics. Potential topics (alphabetical) to be addressed by submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Anti-forensics and anti-anti-forensics
  • Artificial intelligence-assisted digital forensics
  • Case studies and trend reports
  • Copyright infringement response
  • Cryptocurrency investigation
  • Data decoding, deserialization and decryption
  • Deleted/Damaged data recovery methods and tools
  • Development of digital forensic infrastructures
  • Digital evidence sharing and exchange
  • Digital forensic preparedness / readiness
  • Digital forensic tool validation
  • Digital forensics in smart cities
  • Digital investigation case management
  • Event reconstruction methods and tools
  • Forensic analysis of anonymous network based activities
  • Forensic analysis of cloud and virtualized environments
  • Forensic analysis of cloud-based services
  • Forensic analysis of databases
  • Forensic exploration of newly emerging devices, OSes, apps and services
  • Incident response on malware and targeted attacks
  • IoT forensics (e.g., drones, cars, vessels, SCADA, implanted medical devices)
  • Laws and policies for digital evidence
  • Large language models for digital forensics
  • Machine learning and data mining for digital forensics
  • Memory acquisition and analysis
  • Methodological frameworks for digital forensic activities
  • Mobile and embedded device forensics
  • Multimedia (image, audio, video) data analysis
  • Multi-source data integration and correlation analysis
  • Network and distributed system forensics
  • Non-traditional forensic scenarios / contexts
  • Privacy-preserving forensics
  • Steganography and steganalysis
  • Visualization methods and tools for forensic analysis

Click Here For Proposal Requirements


May 27, 2024 Paper abstracts: Submission via EasyChair
July 1, 2024 Workshops (1st round): Submission via EasyChair
July 19, 2024 Workshops (2nd round): Submission via EasyChair
June 3, 2024 Full papers: Submission via EasyChair
July 5, 2024 Full papers: Acceptance notification
July 15, 2024 Full papers: Camera-ready submission
July 19, 2024 Presentations: Submission via EasyChair
October 15, 2024 Posters: Submission via EasyChair
October 22, 2024 Conference Date


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Dr Bradley Schatz (Apple)

Conference Vice Chair

Dr Jungheum Park (Korea University)

Emeritus Chair

Dr Matthew Sorell (University of Adelaide)

TPC Chair

Dr Manoranjan Mohanty (University of Technology Sydney)

TPC Vice Chair

Dr Asanka Sayakkara (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)

TPC Emeritus Chair

Prof KP Chow (University of Hong Kong)

Proceedings Chair

Dr Raymond Chan (Singapore Institute of Technology)

Proceedings Vice Chair

Mariya Shafat (University of Kashmir, India)

Proceedings Vice Chair

Leslie Sikos

Demo/Presentations Co Chair

Dr Priyanka Singh (University of Queensland)

Demo/Presentations Co Chair

Dr Parag Rughani (NFSU)

Workshops Co-Chair

Dr Jihun Joun (Arizona State University)

Workshops Co-Chair

Dr Parag Rughani (NFSU)

Workshops Co-Chair

Dr. Pilli Emmanuel Shubhakar (Malaviya National Institute of Technology, India)

Keynotes Chair

Dr Matthew Sorell (University of Adelaide)

Keynotes Vice-Chair

Dr Jungheum Park (Korea University)

Rodeo Chair

Dr Matthew Sorell (University of Adelaide)

Rodeo Co Chair

Luke Jennings (Digital Forensic Sciences Australia)

Hybrid Chair

Dr Akash Thakar (Rashtriya Raksha University, India)

Posters & Demos Co Chair

Dr Akash Thakar (Rashtriya Raksha University, India)

Posters & Demos Co Chair

Dr. Pilli Emmanuel Shubhakar (Malaviya National Institute of Technology, India)

Student Scholarship Chair

Mariya Shafat (University of Kashmir, India)


Daryl Pfief (Digital Forensics Solutions)


Dr Frank Adelstein (Hexordia)


Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions)


Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions)


Zoran Illiev (CBIT)


Yogesh Khatri (CyberCX), Bhargav Rathod (Salesforce), Luke Jennings (Digital Forensic Sciences Australia)

Social Media

Bhargav Rathod (Salesforce)

Outreach - Academic

Dr Parag Rughani (NFSU)

Commercial Outreach

Zoran Iliev (CBIT)

Quality Assurance

Dr Frank Breitinger (University of Lausanne, CH)


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In Person Conference Prices

Type of RegistrationEarly Bird RateRegular RateLast Chance Rate
Available through...August 19, 2024October 7, 2024
Standard USD 645 USD 745 USD 845
Student USD 445 USD 445 USD 645
Law Enforcement USD 545 USD 645 USD 745