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Digital Investigation Techniques: A Scientific Foundation Review

This report, currently in draft form, reviews the methods that digital forensics experts use to analyze evidence from computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices


Download the full draft report.

Background Information

For background information, read our news release: NIST Publishes Review of Digital Investigation Techniques.

Public comment period: May 9, 2022 through July 11, 2022

The initial release of this report is a draft document, and we welcome comments and feedback from readers. All relevant submitted comments will be made publicly available and will be considered when finalizing this report. Do not include personal information, such as account numbers or Social Security numbers, or names of other individuals. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise proprietary, sensitive, or protected information. We will not post or consider comments that contain profanity, vulgarity, threats, or other inappropriate language or like content. During the 60-day comment period, comments may be sent to scientificfoundationreviews [at]

All comments, including commenter name and affiliation, will be available on this website.


NIST will host a 3-hour webinar to discuss the draft report and its findings on June 1, 2021. Register for the webinar here.

More Information

For more information on this and other NIST Scientific Foundation Reviews, visit our Scientific Foundation Reviews page.


Created May 5, 2022, Updated May 10, 2022