Cleveland, Ohio hosted the third annual DFRWS August 6-8, 2003. The Workshop featured keynote presentations by Peter Stephenson and Troy Larson, JD and plenary presentations by Olivier de Vel, Ph.D., Sarah Mocas, Ph.D., Benjamin M. Rodriquez and Joe Sremack among other experts in our field.

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  • Program
  • Sponsors, Speakers, and Committees
  • Photo Gallery
  • Rodeo Challenge (By Dan Kalil)
    • Follow up Challenge

Breakout Session Film Break

The Key of U’landifor is a short (3min 43sec) film inspired by J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It was used as a light-hearted introduction to the Group Breakout sessions for DFRWS 2003. For any bandwidth challenged viewers please know that this download is 18mb. In addition, the file is in mp4 format so your viewer will need to be able to recognize and render that format. Story by Gary Palmer. Filmed, Directed, & Edited by Joe Palmer.

New to DFRWS?

Overview: The Digital Forensic Research Workshop (DFRWS) was initiated in August 2001 to bring academic researchers and digital forensic investigators and practitioners together for an active discussion that addresses three major objectives:

  • Define the need and create the processes for the incorporation of a rigorous scientific method as a fundamental tenant of the evolving discipline of Digital Forensic Science
  • Develop a research agenda that considers practitioner requirements, multiple investigative environments and emphasizes real-world usability
  • The discovery, explanation, and presentation of conclusive, persuasive evidence that will meet the heightened scrutiny of the courts and other decision-makers in military and civilian environments

Since 2001, an annual workshop has been held in various cities around the US to present and discuss research topics.

Conference Location:

Cleveland, OH United States

August 6, 2003 to August 8, 2003


Putting the Horse in Front of the Cart

Peter Stephenson |

Peter is a writer, consultant, researcher and lecturer in information protection and forensics on large-scale computer networks. He has spoken extensively on digital forensics and security, and has written or contributed to 14 books and several hundred articles in major national and international trade publications. He has lectured and delivered consulting engagements for the past 17 years in eleven countries plus the United States. Peter began his information security career as a U. S. Navy cryptography technician in 1965, and has worked with computer and network communications and security since the early 1970s.

Competence and Community

Troy Larson |

Troy is unique in the maturing world of digital forensic science. He is a practicing attorney who is also adept at the technology that pervades our growing field. Troy is a frequent contributor to on-line list servers such as CFID (Computer Forensics Investigators Digest) which serves researcher and practitioner alike. He is also a contributing author to Eoghan Casey's new book as well as other publications including a concentration in digital forensics applied to the MS Windows operating systems and its myriad variants. He received his law degree at University of California at Berkley and continues to help bridge the gap between the law and technology in our young discipline.