Define ethics. Explain what it is and how it applies to digital forensics, while also describing ethical and unethical handling of forensic information.

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.

Scenario:

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.

Tasks:

  • 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.
  • 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:

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.

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