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Celebrating excellence, innovation and progress in digital investigation, as always, the Awards bring together organisations and individuals from around the world who are passionate and inspiring in their fields, giving an opportunity to collaborate and learn together in an evening of drinks, dinner and ceremony.

Every year the Awards are honoured to be supported and attended by some of the leading international and UK law enforcement organisations. The senior stakeholders involved dedicate their time to the success of the event, coming together to recognise the incredible and ground-breaking work of their colleagues.

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New to the 2020 Awards

This year we plan to showcase the winners’ achievement not only at the awards, but each winner will be given the opportunity to provide their peers with an insight into their work, feeding that excellence back into the community and driving knowledge forward.

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This will manifest as eight events across the UK, held in the 12 months following the Awards, where not only will the attendees be able to understand the winners’ paths and processes, they will be able to see, and experience leading technologies showcased by our sponsors.
With the collaboration of BLD, these CPD events will give the attendees a deeper insight into how they can bring innovation in digital investigation into their own work and organisations.

The events will be announced after the 2020 Awards along with sign-up details.  For further information, please contact awards@icddf.com.


2020 Categories

This year we are looking for excellence, innovation, collaboration and those unique behaviours that make people stand out! Is this you?

We are looking for the people who are changing the field of digital investigations, who are trying new techniques, tackling complex data sources and achieving fabulous results. Is this someone you know?

Click the category for more information.

Advancing the Field of Digital Investigation
Do you know an individual or team who have identified a new technique or process that has advanced the field of digital investigations? What was identified in the course of their work, and how it has been successfully shared with peers? Key points to include:
  • Explanation of how this change has contributed to the field of digital investigation
  • Detail why this is in an advancement
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this development was shared
  • How could this change digital investigations and law enforcement benefit?
Collaborative Investigation
Do you know a collaborative investigation in the last 12 months which has spanned at least two agencies, whether locally, nationally or internationally? To be considered, the collaboration must have been required in order to advance the investigation. How this was required must be clearly detailed in the nomination. Key points to include:
  • Recognition of the difficulties and challenges + how were they overcome
  • Explanation of use of complex sources/disparate data
  • Explanation of digital investigative techniques used and results
  • How learning and understanding was shared
  • Outcome of investigation
  • How could this learning be shared and used to drive investigational practices forward?
Communications Data
Do you know an exceptional use and/or development of common techniques within an investigation?
  • Detail what was done with the technique
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this technique differed to normal practice
  • What did this technique enable the investigation to achieve?
What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?
Cryptocurrency
Do you know an exceptional use and/or development of common cryptocurrency techniques within an investigation? Key points to include:
  • Detail what was done with the technique
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this technique differed to normal practice
  • What did this technique enable the investigation to achieve?
What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?
Digital Forensic Techniques
Do you know an exceptional use and/or development of common techniques within an investigation? Key points to include:
  • Detail what was done with the technique
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this technique differed to normal practice
  • What did this technique enable the investigation to achieve?
What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?
Internet Intelligence
Do you know an exceptional use and/or development of common techniques within an investigation? Key points to include:
  • Detail what was done with the technique
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this technique differed to normal practice
  • What did this technique enable the investigation to achieve?
What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?
Team of the Year
Do you know an exceptional team that have made a real difference over the last 12 months? What makes the team stand out from the rest and what achievements have been made? Key points to include:
  • Detail what makes this team different
  • Explanation of how the team works on a day-to-day basis
  • Examples of excellence
What best practice could be shared and enhance the performance of digital investigation teams?
Digital Investigator of the Year
We are looking for an outstanding Digital Investigator who has performed exceptionally over the last 12 months. This individual needs to have been involved within an investigation that was either a) investigated or b) produced at court over the previous 12 months. The investigation must have required digital techniques in order to progress and the nominee must have been actively involved in this aspect of the investigation. Key points to include:
  • Detail what the nominee personally did
  • Explanation of how they used complex sources and/or disparate data and what the result of that was
  • Detail what makes the nominee exceptional
What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?
Leader of the Year
We are looking for an outstanding leader who has performed exceptionally over the last 12 months. This individual needs to have been involved in leading a digital investigations unit during this time. Key points to include:
  • Explanation of what the nominee personally did and what the results of this were
  • Describe makes their leadership exceptional?
What key points could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?
Fellowship Award
THIS IS BY NOMINATION ONLY This is the only category in which you cannot nominate yourself. All nominations must be for others. We are looking for an outstanding individual who has performed exceptionally in the field of digital investigations during their career.
  • Explanation of what they have done during their career that makes them stand out and how they did this
What difference has this work made (either locally, nationally or internationally)?


Nominations

Online nominations have now closed for the 2020 awards.  Thank you to everyone who has made nominations.

The Awards Team are happy to answer further questions, please email awards@icddf.com and one of the team will be in touch.