Around the globe, organisations depend on International Standards to ensure quality, efficiency and safety. International Standards are being continually developed and appraised.
The new ISO/IEC International Standard that sets out to ensure the reliability and credibility of digital evidence is a case in point. It is an information security standard published by the International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission.
Prompted by the advance of new technology and the rise in cybercrime, digital evidence is now increasingly used in legal disputes and court cases.
For this purpose, a new ISO/IEC International Standard has been developed. Its purpose is to safeguard the reliability and credibility of digital evidence in such cases.
The new standard is ISO/IEC 27037:2012 Information technologies – Security techniques – Guidelines for identification, collection, acquisition and preservation of digital evidence.
Now that digital proof – e.g. from computers, mobile phones, mobile navigation systems, digital still/video cameras and storage media can be gathered, this standard seeks to ensure the integrity of such evidence for admission in legal and disciplinary actions.