This page contains a list of popular social platforms primarily aimed at the DFIR industry that provide a unique gateway for individuals to interact with the wider community.
It is very important to network with others in any profession and as such, it is highly recommended that readers utilise social platforms to learn, contribute and share information with other individuals working in the DFIR field. Do not be afraid to ask questions about a particular topic and do not be afraid to answer them either, as you will likely possess knowledge that someone else may not.
Discord is a great platform for interacting with other users and I was surprised to see that there only really exists one server focusing on Digital Forensics and Incident Response, named ‘mobileforensics’
To join this server, simply create a discord account and use the following invite link:
The server contains over 400 members (at the time of writing) and is continually growing with well-known experts, law enforcement personnel, private sector professionals, students and major software vendors. Topics frequently discussed on the server are; mobile forensics, computer forensics, JTAG/Chip-Off techniques, network forensics, video forensics, coding, malware analysis, incident response and drone forensics. I highly recommend readers join this server and provide more unique insights and information to the forensic community.
Resource link: https://www.forensicfocus.com/forums
As with Discord, there does not seem to be a great deal of forums specialising in Digital Forensics. However, the forum provided by ForensicFocus is perhaps the most well-known and frequently active. Simply create an account with ForensicFocus and then you can interact with other users of the forums listed in the link above.
Reddit is a great platform for sharing and learning new information and naturally, there are a few subreddits related to DFIR that should be of interest. Note that you do not require an account on Reddit to be able to view the content of a subreddit, but you will need to create one to interact with other users. Subreddits related to Digital Forensics are listed as follows:
In addition to the links above, I would also recommend creating an account and subscribing to the following related subreddits:
Twitter is a very common social media platform used by many professionals across all areas of Digital Forensics and Incident Response. It is highly recommended that newcomers and experienced individuals alike, create an account on Twitter as it can often be an invaluable source of news and information.
Brett Shavers at DFIR Training has a useful compilation of Twitter lists that will help any newcomers to Twitter get started, which can be found by following this link:
Although not a conventional social media platform like some of the other resources on this list, YouTube can still be a very useful platform for interacting with other users in the profession, especially during livestream events. In addition, there exists several YouTube channels specialising in DFIR which are well worth checking out:
This YouTube channel was created by Richard Davis and provides high-quality videos on a regular basis covering information security topics such as DFIR and Penetration Testing. The videos are informative, concise and provide an excellent overview of the topic being discussed.
This channel was created by Joshua James and is devoted to research and development in the areas of Cybercrime and Digital Forensic Investigations. The channel content consists of tutorials and explanations for various tools and techniques used in Digital Forensics as well as information security.
Learn Forensics with David Cowen
This YouTube channel, created by David Cowen, is dedicated to the field of computer forensics. Known for the infamous ‘Forensic Lunch’ segments, Learn Forensics with David Cowen is a great resource for learning more about multiple aspects of DFIR and the wider community.
SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response
The official YouTube channel for SANS DFIR. This channel is constantly releasing new videos, typically focusing on talks presented by members of the SANS institute. It is highly recommended that readers watch the video presentations from the previous DFIR Summits as they are a great source of information.