From the SWGDE document: "The purpose of this paper is to provide an abstract to assist the reader in understanding that digital forensics is a forensic science and to address confusion about the dual nature of the application of digital forensics techniques as both a forensic science and as an investigatory tool."
I love that they break down what they mean in clear terms: "As with other forensic science disciplines, the key attributes of digital forensics applied throughout the entire examination process, from collection through analysis and reporting, are:
- Use of a quality management system containing standard operating procedures and an effective quality assurance program.
- Proficient analysts with appropriate training, expertise, and experience.
- Use of validated tools, processes, and methodologies.
- Objectivity – the forensic analyst must be insulated from work-related undue pressures that could compromise the quality of work.