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Digital forensics is used for preservation, identification, extraction, and interpretation of computer evidence. The aim of digital forensics is to preserve evidence in its most original form while performing a structured investigation by collecting, identifying, and validating digital information for the purpose of reconstructing of past events. Major benefits of digital forensics is that it can aid in efficiently tracking down cyber criminals and terrorists, globally. It can track down criminals that utilises internet for communication with help digital forensics tools. Therefore, adoption of digital forensic tools is increasing in organizations, in order to protect the data from computer-related incidents such as cyber stalking, cyber bullying, and other cases that involves the use of computers and related technologies.

Increasing cyber-attacks on enterprises is one of the major driving factors for growth of the market

Organizations are increasingly focusing on digitization of data and the sharing of this large volume of data in an external and internal environment has made organizations susceptible to cybercrime. Thus, cyber-attack hampers enterprises negatively (in terms of revenue loss and data breach) as well as the reputation and brand of the company. For instance, according to the Coherent Market Insights’ analysis, in 2016, number of data breaches was pegged at 1,091 and it reached to 1,579 by 2017, which witnessed 44.7% growth. Therefore, increasing vulnerabilities to cyber-attack in organizations has led to increasing adoption of digital forensics solution and services. Digital forensics solution examines the sensitive information that is stored in a devices. Furthermore, it also aids in investigating digital devices that stores digital data, examines the suspect data to determine details such as origin and content, and then utilises this evidence in the courts. Hence, digital forensics tools are used for resolving the issues related to threats occurring in the enterprises which in turn helps in propelling digital forensics market growth.

Cloud Forensics will provide the growth opportunity for the digital forensics market

The major factor for fast growth rate of the cloud forensics segment is increasing adoption of cloud computing by companies globally. Organizations in sectors such as BFSI, retail, and government are shifting their workload in the cloud for cost-savings, agility, and flexibility, which has led to increasing susceptibility for cyber-attacks. For instance, according to the CISCO’s analysis, the global cloud IP traffic is expected to reach 19.5 ZB by the end of 2021, up from 6.0 ZB in 2016. Therefore, demand for cloud forensics is expected to increase along with increase in shifting of workload to the cloud.

Lack of awareness is one of the key challenges for growth of the market

Lack of awareness among the small and medium enterprises is a major factor hindering growth of the market. Since, these forensics tools are expensive and time consuming SMEs are reluctant to adopt, owing to budget constraints. Moreover, SMEs also lack skilled labour, which is another major factor hindering growth of the market.

Based on verticals government and defence segment is expected to account for the largest market share over the forecasted period

On the basis of verticals, government and defense segment is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period. Government and defense vertical is the most susceptible segment to cyber-attacks. Cyber-attacks on this segment is for political gains, terrorism, or for regional rivalry. For instance, according to Coherent Market Insights’ analysis, in 2015, the cyber-attacks in government and defense sector was around 7% of global cyber-attacks in all sectors, which reached to 14% in 2017. Therefore, government agencies are more concerned for cyber security and data privacy. Thus, government and defense sector is adopting best-in-class digital forensic solutions and services, which is expected to aid in growth of the market.

Digital Forensics Market: Regional Insights

On the basis of region, the global digital forensics market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. North America accounted for largest market share in global forensics market in 2017, owing increasing number of cyber-attacks in this region. For instance, according to the Coherent Market Insights’ analysis, in 2016, the number of data breaches was pegged at 1,971, in the U.S of which 1,224 data breach cases were recorded as compare to other regions. Moreover, the region also have the well-established infrastructure that allows faster implementation of advanced technologies. Hence, growing number of data breaches will positively aid in growth of the digital forensics market in this region.

Digital Forensics market: Competitive Background

Some of the prominent players in the global digital forensics market are AccessData, Perkinelmer, Inc. Guidance Software, Inc., FireEye, Inc.,Oxygen Forensics, Paraben Corporation Nuix Pty Ltd. , Logrhythm , Binary Intelligence LLC Cellmark, CCL Solutions Group Ltd., IBM Corporation, Magnet Forensics Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Lancope Inc., and SecureWorks Inc.

Digital Forensics Market: Taxonomy

By Component

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Services

By Forensic Type

  • Computer forensics
  • Network forensics
  • Mobile device forensics
  • Cloud forensics

By Tools

  • Data acquisition and preservation
  • Forensics data analysis
  • Data recovery
  • Review and reporting
  • Forensic decryption
  • Others

By Verticals

  • Government and defense
  • Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI)
  • Telecom and IT
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Others

Research Methodology

Coherent Market Insights followsa comprehensive research methodology focused on providing the most precise market analysis. The company leverages a data triangulation model which helps company to gauge the market dynamics and provide accurate estimates. Key components of the research methodologies followed for all our market reports include:

  • Primary Research (Trade Surveys and Experts Interviews)
  • Desk Research
  • Proprietor Data Analytics Model

In addition to this, Coherent Market Insights has access to a wide range of the regional and global reputed paid data bases, which helps the company to figure out the regional and global market trends and dynamics. The company analyses the industry from the 360 Degree Perspective i.e. from the Supply Side and Demand Side which enables us to provide granular details of the entire ecosystem for each study. Finally, a Top-Down approach and Bottom-Up approach is followed to arrive at ultimate research findings.

Data Triangulation Methodology | Coherent Market Insights

Coherent Market Insights desk research is based on a principle set of research techniques:

  • National level desk research: It Includes research analysis of regional players, regional regulatory bodies, regional trade associations, and regional organization.
  • Multinational level desk research: The research team keeps a track of multinational players, global regulatory bodies, global trade associations, and global organization.

Coherent Market Insights has a large amount of in-house repository of industry database. This is leveraged as a burner for initiating a new research study. Key secondary sources include:

  • Governmental bodies, National and international social welfare institutions, and organizations creating economic policies among others.
  • Trade association, National and international media and trade press.
  • Company Annual reports, SEC filings, Corporate Presentations, press release, news, and specification sheet of manufacturers, system integrators, brick and mortar - distributors and retailers, and third party online commerce players.
  • Scientific journals, and other technical magazines and whitepapers.

Market Analysis | Coherent Market Insights

Preliminary Data Mining

The raw data is obtained through the secondary findings, in house repositories, and trade surveys. It is then filtered to ensure that the relevant information including industry dynamics, trends, and outlook is retained for further research process.

Data Standardization

Holistic approach is used to ensure that the granular and uncommon parameters are taken into consideration to ensure accurate results. The information from the paid databases are further combined to the raw data in order to standardize it.

Coherent Statistical model

We arrive at our final research findings through simulation models. Coherent Data Analytics Model is a statistical tool that helps company to forecast market estimates. Few of the parameters considered as a part of the statistical model include:

  • Micro-economic indicators
  • Macro-economic indicators
  • Environmental indicators
  • Socio-political indicators
  • Technology indicators

Data Processing

Once the findings are derived from the statistical model, large volume of data is process to confirm accurate research results. Data analytics and processing tools are adopted to process large chunk of collected informative data. In case, a client customizes the study during the process, the research finding till then are benchmarked, and the process for new research requirement is initiated again.

Data Validation

This is the most crucial stage of the research process. Primary Interviews are conducted to validate the data and analysis. This helps in achieving the following purposes:

  • It provides first-hand information on the market dynamics, outlook, and growth parameters.
  • Industry experts validates the estimates which helps the company to cement the on-going research study.
  • Primary research includes online surveys, face-to face interviews, and telephonic interviews.

The primary research is conducted with the ecosystem players including, but not limited to:

  • Raw Material Suppliers
  • Manufacturers
  • System Integrators
  • Distributors
  • End-users