Conference Recap: SADFE 2015

A few weeks ago, I was in Malaga, not rainy London. It was brilliantly sunny the whole time I was there, the food was amazing, the pina coladas pure perfection…

Remind me why I live in the UK again?

I was there for a conference: Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensics Engineering, otherwise known as SADFE.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as it wasn’t a conference I’d been to before, but it turns out that SADFE now holds a special place in my heart, right next to DFRWS.

Why? Because both of them are interesting, encourage audience participation, and have great social programmes that mean you get to meet the people you’re spending all week with. Which is always nice.

The conference was very technical, which made it challenging on the days when we’d been out drinking too much whisky beforehand, but there was also an unusually strong focus on the international political landscape and the ethical issues surrounding digital forensic investigations. To me, this is a good thing. It’s all well and good discussing how we can break encryption, but it was nice to know that I’m not the only person thinking that perhaps we shouldn’t.

I wrote a full recap yesterday, and you can find it over on Forensic Focus.


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