For this assignment, you will define ethics within the context of digital forensics. You will then apply what you learned to your life, developing an ethical code-of-conduct document.
Your manager has asked you to create a code-of-conduct document for your organization to give to employees during their new-hire orientation. In the code-of-conduct document, you are asked to focus on the sharing of personal or professional data and the ethics involved in sharing data.
- Create a code-of-conduct document with the following:
- Define ethics. Explain what it is and how it applies to digital forensics, while also describing ethical and unethical handling of forensic information.
- Evaluate current or past news events related to each of the four branches of digital forensics: Computer forensics, mobile device forensics, network forensics, and database forensics.
- Consider topics such as identity theft, the Patriot Act, or Wikileaks. Share your thoughts on the major themes and ethical concerns and give some insight into how it impacts you personally and professionally.
- Analyze current ethical considerations and issues.
- Review the following articles:
- When IT Is Asked to Spy
- Lost Data Tied to CPP Claims: Ottawa Says USB Stick Has Info on Applicants for Disability Benefits
- Select two additional articles from this list that illustrate ethical considerations and issues. Ideally, you should not have previously used these two articles for another assignment in this class.
- Review the following articles:
- Create a code-of-conduct document you can use in professional situations as it relates to accessing or sharing data. This can be a checklist or bulleted list of “Do and Do Not Tasks.” Consider the examples and resources below when creating your code-of-conduct document:
- The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners. (n.d.). Code of ethics and professional responsibility. Retrieved from
- Barbara, J. (2008). Ethical practices in digital forensics: Part 2. Retrieved from
- The American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery. (n.d.). Domain 3 – Ethics and code of conduct. Retrieved from
Note: Your final product should be a Microsoft Word document, approximately seven to nine pages in length, incorporating five to seven scholarly sources. Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in the accurate representation and attribution of sources (APA); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- By the due date assigned, save your Microsoft Word document as M5_A2_Lastname_Firstname.doc and submit it to the Submissions Area.
LASA 2 Grading Criteria and Rubric
All LASAs in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 300 points. Download the rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.
Assignment 2 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsDefined accurately, clearly, and specifically what is ethics and how it applies to digital forensics. Described in detail the ethical and unethical handling of forensic information.56Provided an in-depth evaluation of a news event related to each of the four branches of digital forensics: Computer forensics, mobile device forensics, network forensics, and database forensics. Provided an accurate effect of how recent data changes have modified organizational policies.64Completely analyzed the current ethical considerations and issues. Provided, accurately and clearly, the implications of current practices related to each issue.52Created a thorough and specific code-of-conduct document to be used in professional situations as it relates to accessing or sharing data. Included a variety of tasks that employees should do and not do, as far as accessing or sharing data is concerned.64Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in the accurate representation and attribution of sources (APA); and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.64Total:300
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