Forensically ready digital identity management systems, issues of digital identity life cycle and context of usage

Tajbakhsh, Mehrdad; Homayounvala, Elaheh and Shokohyar, Sajjad. 2017. Forensically ready digital identity management systems, issues of digital identity life cycle and context of usage. International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 9(1), pp. 62-83. ISSN 1751-911X [Article]

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Collecting necessary digital and network forensics to prove the identity of an individual who is responsible for a crime, or suspected of a malicious attack, or has used a device during an incident, with minimum doubt to the court or other legitimate organisations based on the digital forensic investigation model is one of the most important legal and security issues of digital identity management systems (DIMSs). Without a good understanding and identification of the most important parameters of DIMS based on the digital forensic investigation model, it is not possible to do digital forensic investigation and provide required evidence. Therefore, the main goal of this paper is to identify and prioritise DIMS parameters by considering a user’s digital identity lifecycle, the contexts of usage challenges, and constraints that should be considered in a digital forensic readiness model.

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Nowadays each one of us has many login names and passwords, how do people manage their "online identities"? Identity Management Systems (IDMS) are supposed to manage our identities for us. This paper reviews and categorises IDMS, since we foresee a major challenge in future for our identity management.


digital identity, digital identity management systems, DIMSs, digital forensic investigation process, forensic readiness

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16 January 2017Published Online

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08 Oct 2019 10:01

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09 Jun 2021 11:55

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