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A Bibliometric Analysis and Systematic Review of a Blockchain-Based Chain of Custody for Digital Evidence

Onyeashie, Belinda I; Leimich, Petra; McKeown, Sean; Russell, Gordon



The effective management of digital evidence is critical to modern forensic investigations. However, traditional evidence management approaches are often prone to security and integrity issues. In recent years, the use of blockchain technology has emerged as a promising solution to enhance the security, transparency, and integrity of digital evidence. This systematic review critically evaluates the current state of research on blockchain-based chain of custody for digital evidence and its potential to transform the digital forensic community. By analysing papers from major databases, this study provides a bibliometric analysis of the research trends and opportunities for blockchain-based evidence management since 2015. The review highlights the benefits of blockchain technology in providing an immutable and decentralised structure for documenting and auditing evidence trails. Additionally, this research identifies the challenges and limitations of implementing a blockchain-based chain of custody and presents practical and scalable solutions for overcoming these challenges at Big Data scale.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name EAI BDTA 2023 - 13th EAI International Conference on Big Data Technologies and Applications
Start Date Aug 23, 2023
End Date Aug 24, 2023
Acceptance Date Jul 27, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 31, 2024
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Aug 23, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 31, 2024
Publisher Springer
Series Title Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Series Number 555
Series ISSN 1867-8211
Book Title Big Data Technologies and Applications. BDTA 2023
ISBN 978-3-031-52264-2
Keywords Bibliometric Analysis, Big Data, Chain of Custody, Digital Evidence, Digital Forensic
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