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Advancing the Field of Digital Investigation

Exceptional work in Advancing the Field of Digital Investigation

We are looking for an individual or team who, in the course of their work, has identified a new technique or process which has advanced the field of digital or cyber investigations.

We want to know what was identified and how this information was shared with peers.

• How has the nominee contributed to the field of Digital Investigation?
• What changes have been made?
• Why is this an advancement? 
• Use of complex sources/disparate data.
• How has this development been shared?
• How could this change/benefit digital investigations?
• How could law enforcement benefit from the work?

Cloud Data Sources

Exceptional work in the Investigative use of Cloud Data Sources

BACK FOR 2022!

As more and more digital applications rely wholly or in part on cloud storage of user data, the challenge to investigators is twofold: what data held in the cloud may be lawfully acquired within the context of an investigation, and what methods and mechanisms may be used to secure such data whilst maintaining integrity of the evidence?

The world of cloud data acquisition is still in its infancy when compared to other fields of digital investigation, and this award recognises the work of those working at the leading edge of this latest element of digital forensics.

We are looking for an individual or team who has either used an unusual tactic, or a previously little-used tool, to acquire evidence from the cloud (that is data which is stored with a service provider and linked to an individual’s activity, such as their social media account, synchronised messages, cloud file storage, or similar).

The nominee will have demonstrated a willingness to learn and integrate new tactics or tools in their collection of digital evidence from the cloud and have also considered the legal implications of their activity to ensure that it was compliant with the requirements of the criminal justice system.

• How has the nominee contributed to the field?
• Use of complex sources/disparate data.
• How has this work been shared/utilised?
• How could this change/benefit digital investigations?
• How could law enforcement benefit from the work?

Collaborative Investigation

Exceptional work for Collaborative Investigation

We are looking for an investigation that has spanned at least two agencies, whether in a local area, nationally or internationally. The collaboration must have been necessary to advance the investigation, and this must be detailed in the nomination.

• Cross border or agency collaboration and why it is/was required.
• Recognition of the difficulties and challenges, and how they were overcome.
• Use of complex sources/disparate data.
• Detail the digital investigative techniques used and results.
• How learning and understanding were shared.
• Outcome of investigation, plus CJ resolution.
• How this learning can be shared across the law enforcement community and used to drive investigational practices forward.

Communications Data

Exceptional work in the field of Communications Data

We are looking for exceptional use and/or development of common techniques within an investigation.
We are looking for difference: the use of standard techniques in an unusual way, or tweaking techniques to produce a different result

• What was done?
• Use of complex sources/disparate data.
• How did this differ from normal practice?
• What did it enable to be achieved?
• What learning could be shared with law enforcement? How could this be of benefit to them?

Cryptocurrency

Exceptional work in the field of Cryptocurrency Investigation

We are looking for exceptional use and/or development of common techniques within cryptocurrency investigation.
We are looking for difference: the use of standard techniques in an unusual way, or tweaking techniques to produce a different result

• What was done?
• Use of complex sources/disparate data.
• How did this differ from normal practice?
• What did it enable to be achieved?
• What learning could be shared with law enforcement? How could this be of benefit to them?

Cyber Operations

Exceptional work in Intelligence Collection and Operational Activity conducted in the Cyber Domain

NEW FOR 2022!

This award highlights exceptional work in the field of intelligence collection and operational activity conducted in the cyber domain. This award seeks progressive and innovative techniques to investigate and pursue all crime types in cyberspace (cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime) with the intent to champion nominees that have turned the territory of cyberspace to their advantage, and harnessed the opportunities afforded to law enforcement by our hyperconnected society.

  • What did the nominee do?
  • How did the nominee leverage aspects of cyberspace to positively benefit the investigation?
  • What was the outcome?
  • What makes this exceptional?
  • Any further information to support the nomination e.g. does this inform future investigative/operational practice, does this work enhance efforts towards, or overcome, an existing challenge?

Cyber Research and Innovation

Exceptional research that has potential to positively impact Operational Activity conducted in the Cyber Domain

NEW FOR 2022!

This award highlights exceptional research that seeks to further the investigative capabilities and operational activity in the cyber domain.   This award seeks progressive and innovative research that shows great potential to aid in the investigation and pursuit of all crime types in cyberspace (cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime).  The intent is to champion nominees that have delivered against a key milestone of the research and are projects that have progressed to at least a proof-of-concept, demonstrating the value and potential of the work.

  • What were the objectives of the research project?
  • What are the outcomes of the research project?
  • What is the potential impact of this work?
  • What makes this exceptional?
  • What is the research organisation? E.g organisations and researchers involved, funding, frameworks.
  • Any further information to support the nomination e.g. published papers, any supporting material that will support the nomination, does this inform future investigative/operational practice, does this work enhance efforts towards, or overcome, an existing challenge?

Digital Forensic Techniques

Exceptional work in the Advancement of Digital Forensic Techniques

We are looking for exceptional use and/or development of common digital forensics techniques within an investigation.
We are looking for difference: the use of standard techniques in an unusual way, or tweaking techniques to produce a different result

• What was done?
• Use of complex sources/disparate data.
• How did this differ from normal practice?
• What did it enable to be achieved?
• What learning could be shared with law enforcement? How could this be of benefit to them?

Internet Intelligence

Exceptional work in the field of Internet Intelligence

We are looking for exceptional use and/or development of common techniques within an investigation.

We are looking for difference: the use of standard techniques in an unusual way, or tweaking techniques to produce a different result

• What was done?
• Use of complex sources/disparate data.
• How did this differ from normal practice?
• What did it enable to be achieved?
• What learning could be shared with law enforcement? How could this be of benefit to them?

Digital Investigator of the Year

Prestigious Award of Digital Investigator of the Year

We are looking for an exceptional individual who has performed outstandingly over the last 24 months.

This individual needs to have been involved within an investigation that was either investigated or produced at court within the last 24-month period. The investigation must have required digital techniques to progress, and the investigator must have been actively involved in this aspect of the investigation.

• What did the nominee do?
• Use of complex sources/disparate data.
• How did the nominee go about doing this?
• What was the result?
• What makes this exceptional?
• What can be shared with law enforcement? How could this be of benefit to them?

Digital Investigator of the Year

Prestigious Award of Digital Investigator of the Year

We are looking for an exceptional individual who has performed outstandingly over the last 24 months.

This individual needs to have been involved within an investigation that was either investigated or produced at court within the last 24-month period. The investigation must have required digital techniques to progress, and the investigator must have been actively involved in this aspect of the investigation.

• What did the nominee do?
• Use of complex sources/disparate data.
• How did the nominee go about doing this?
• What was the result?
• What makes this exceptional?
• What can be shared with law enforcement? How could this be of benefit to them?

Team of the Year

Prestigious Award of Team of the Year

We are looking for an exceptional team that has made a real difference over the last 24 months within the field of digital and/or cyber investigations. We want to know what makes the team stand out from the rest and what achievements you have made.

• What makes this team different?
• How does the teamwork on a day-to-day basis?
• Give examples of excellence.
• Best practice that can be shared with policing to enhance the performance of digital investigation teams.

Fellowship Award

Prestigious Award of Fellowship

THIS IS BY NOMINATION ONLY – Cannot self-nominate.

We are looking for an exceptional individual who has performed outstandingly in the field of digital and/or cyber investigations during their career.

• What have they done during their career that makes them stand out?
• How did they go about doing this?
• What difference has this work made (either locally, nationally, or internationally)?