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What do incident response practitioners need to know? A skillmap for the years ahead

HRANICKÝ Radek, BREITINGER Frank, RYŠAVÝ Ondřej, SHEPPARD John, SCHAEDLER Florin, MORGENSTERN Holger and MALIK Simon. What do incident response practitioners need to know? A skillmap for the years ahead. Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation, vol. 37, no. 2, 2021, pp. 23-34. ISSN 2666-2825. Available from:
Czech title
Co musí znát experti v oblasti Incident response? Mapa dovedností pro nadcházející roky
journal article
Hranický Radek, Ing., Ph.D. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Breitinger Frank (UniLi)
Ryšavý Ondřej, doc. Ing., Ph.D. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Sheppard John, Dr. (SETU)
Schaedler Florin (UniLi)
Morgenstern Holger (HS-Albsig)
Malik Simon (HS-Albsig)

Digital Forensics, Incident Response, Skills, Skillmap, Survey, DFIR


Digital forensics incident response (DFIR) specialists are expected to possess multidisciplinary skills including expert knowledge of computer-related principles and technology. On the other hand, recent studies suggest that existing training and study programs may not fully address the needs of future DFIR professionals. To reveal possible gaps in practitioners education and identify the most needed skills, we built a skillmap for DFIR where we followed a threefold approach: (1) an online survey among DFIR experts; (2) a review of training programs; and (3) an analysis of job listings on LinkedIn. Each source was first analyzed on its own and the findings were merged into a DFIR skillmap which is the main contribution of this article. The results show that network forensics and incident handling are the most demanded domains of skills. While these are covered by existing courses the newly desired skills, in particular, cloud forensics and encrypted data, need to get more space in training and education. We hope that this article provides educators with information on ways to improve in the years ahead.

Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation, vol. 37, no. 2, ISSN 2666-2825
Elsevier Science
EID Scopus
   author = "Radek Hranick\'{y} and Frank Breitinger and Ond\v{r}ej Ry\v{s}av\'{y} and John Sheppard and Florin Schaedler and Holger Morgenstern and Simon Malik",
   title = "What do incident response practitioners need to know? A skillmap for the years ahead",
   pages = "23--34",
   journal = "Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation",
   volume = 37,
   number = 2,
   year = 2021,
   ISSN = "2666-2825",
   doi = "10.1016/j.fsidi.2021.301184",
   language = "english",
   url = ""
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