The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Technical Committee CYBER has recently released a key standard for a digital evidence bag. ETSI provides members with an open, inclusive and collaborative environment. This environment supports the timely development, ratification and testing of globally applicable standards for ICT-enabled systems, applications and services. This interesting information came to us from eeNews in their article, “A standard for cyber digital evidence bag ensures data integrity.

ETSI TS 103 643 covers “techniques for assurance of digital material used in legal proceedings” and provides a set of extra tools for those wanting to demonstrate the integrity of digital evidence.

The legal systems depend on a court being able to have confidence in the material that is used during legal proceedings. This same integrity of data that information professionals rely on. Increasingly digital material is being presented in evidence as part of legal proceedings. It is important that the techniques for preserving evidence are kept up-to-date as the formats of data evolve. This new ETSI specification helps provide the needed confidence and assurance.

Melody K. Smith

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