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As technology becomes more embedded into our lives, criminals have found more opportunities to perform malicious acts. Cybercrimes have become a major concern for the safety and well-being of organizations and communities. To combat these crimes, law enforcement authorities and governments have established cybersecurity and digital forensics teams to investigate incidents. As a result, digital forensics has become a necessity in law enforcement globally. In this preliminary review, we explore existing digital forensics research through reading and reviewing a random sample of fifty publications that appeared when searching for “digital forensics” and similar terms. The different domains, sub-domains, and topics are noted, and observed trends are analyzed. It was found that many of the publications in the sample were published in the last 5 years, focusing on topics related to distributed systems and data analysis. Any remaining issues that need to be addressed are also mentioned to determine the focus for future research.



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