I cannot overstate the benefit that everyone, and I mean everyone, receives with DFIR Review. That includes YOU, whether you submit research to DFIR Review, or if you read research published on DFIR Review, or if you need to cite research on DFIR Review.
Refresher on DFIR Review
This is a merge of the traditional “academic peer review system” and “blogging your research ”. In short, we have taken the benefits of academic peer review and the benefits of DFIR blogging, to create a simple and fast way to have your work peer reviewed.
Academic peer review is important and should be considered for most research as it is peer reviewed by academia. But it takes a long time and is typically used for longer research projects.
DFIR blogging is also important and should be considered for most research as it is quick to publish and instantly available for others to use. But it is not formally peer-reviewed and not immutable as it may change or disappear after you have either cited it or used the information.
DFIR Review merges both the speed of blogging and the credibility of peer review. Here are the benefits, depending on which position you are taking.
Researcher (aka DFIR blogger)
You are doing the research and writing about it. You spend and money and more time to figure something out, write about it, edit the writing, re-write your work, and publish it on your blog for all to use/learn from. That is very cool of you to share!
Your benefit in DFIR Review is that all your work gets validated by a team of DFIR reviewers. The team is not there to knock down your work, but to help get it validated and pushed out to the world with a stamp of community approval. As a personal benefit, you get your name stamped indelibly on your work.
Furthermore, as a researcher, you can jump off from someone else’s DFIR Review’s validation and expand the research using other peer-reviewed work.
Practitioners (aka, those doing the work)
You typically, if not always, come across non-researched or poorly documented research on an artifact or topic. Relying upon unvalidated, non-peer reviewed, or otherwise poorly documented research means that you simply must start from scratch. Without re-doing the research completely, simply citing a blog post in a legal document (affidavit, complaint, statement) is not going to hold much weight.
Your benefit is that when you see "DFIR REVIEW-DFRWS" on a peer-reviewed blog post that you wish to reference or cite, you are 100x ahead of the game. This means that citing peer-reviewed research to bolster your own findings as being valid, your work’s credibility is heavier.
Authors (of the DFIR books)
Oh so much better to reference peer-reviewed research than a blog post. Personally, the number one reason (other than the research being validated via peer-review), is that the “blog post” is now permanent! Too many books reference URLs that disappear in the night, which can totally ruin an entire paragraph or chapter when the author moves the page, or the website disappears. Not with DFIR Review! The point is to preserve that which has been peer-reviewed.
Your benefit is that your sources of validated references has increased with up-to-the-minute, latest research, beyond the years’ old research of traditional peer reviewed papers.
Students (aka, those learning in school but not yet practiced)
Your benefit is that before you even hit the streets to grab real-world data, your innovative research can be peer-reviewed before you even graduate. There are few ways to bolster a resume or CV than to graduate from a college program and already have created peer-reviewed DFIR research that is being used in the real world.
Is it worth the time?
In short, yes. No question.
Longer answer; you are doing the research already. You are sharing your work already. People are citing your efforts (sometimes even stealing credit…) already. You stand to gain everything by simply submitting that which you already wrote to DFIR Review that you believe should be peer reviewed. It’s free. It encapsulates your work with your name on it. And you get the cred that you deserve.
Your next steps
Take a look at what has already been put out with DFIR Review. Have you blogged your research in the past? Consider submitting it! Do you see someone else’s research that should be submitted to DFIR Review? Let them know, or let the DFIR Review board now and someone will contact the researcher.
Especially if you are using someone else’s research (blog posts) and you wish to cite with full references in your work (legal or academic), wouldn’t it be nice if those references were given some street cred by being peer reviewed by DFIR Practitioners and DFIR Academics? You can easily help by nudging some cool research you find in a blog toward DFIR Review. That’s pretty cool.