A coordinated approach to digital forensic readiness (DFR) in a large organisation requires
the management and monitoring of a wide variety of resources, both human and technical.
The resources involved in DFR in large organisations typically include staff from multiple
departments and business units, as well as network infrastructure and computing platforms.
The state of DFR within large organisations may therefore be adversely affected if
the myriad human and technical resources involved are not managed in an optimal
manner. This paper contributes to DFR by proposing the novel concept of a digital forensic
readiness management system (DFRMS). The purpose of a DFRMS is to assist large organisations
in achieving an optimal level of management for DFR. In addition to this, we offer
an architecture for a DFRMS. This architecture is based on requirements for DFR that we
ascertained from an exhaustive review of the DFR literature. We describe the architecture
in detail and show that it meets the requirements set out in the DFR literature. The merits
and disadvantages of the architecture are also discussed. Finally, we describe and explain
an early prototype of a DFRMS.
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