Internationally, The American Academy of Forensic Sciences has identified digital forensics as a forensic science. As a scientific-based discipline, digital forensics is premised on following set standards or methodologies in the above-defined processes, which are susceptible to inspection by judiciaries and should meet the same standards as other scientific and technical evidence to be admissible in court.

It is ironic that digital forensics first and foremost concerns forensic procedure, rules of evidence, legal concepts, precedents and processes and second to this, computers. It is argued that technical processes applied to digital evidence currently “do not have to pass any formal test” for digital evidence to be placed before courts. It is exactly because of this, that standards in this field play such an important role.

In light of the importance of standards or the important role standards should play in digital forensics as a science, standards, rules or protocols are proposed.