The International Digital Investigation Awards 2020

We are pleased to announce that the annual International Digital Investigation Awards will be held on Thursday 19th March 2020, hosted by the NPCC and BLD as the headline event of ICDDF at Heathrow.

Celebrating excellence, innovation and progress in digital investigation, as always, the Awards bring together organisations and individuals from around the world who are passionate and inspiring in their fields, giving an opportunity to collaborate and learn together in an evening of drinks, dinner and ceremony.

 Every year the Awards are honoured to be supported and attended by some of the leading international and UK law enforcement organisations. The senior stakeholders involved dedicate their time to the success of the event, coming together to recognise the incredible and ground-breaking work of their colleagues. 

 

 

New to the 2020 Awards

This year we plan to showcase the winners’ achievement not only at the awards, but each winner will be given the opportunity to provide their peers with an insight into their work, feeding that excellence back into the community and driving knowledge forward.

This will manifest as eight events across the UK, held in the 12 months following the Awards, where not only will the attendees be able to understand the winners’ paths and processes, they will be able to see, and experience leading technologies showcased by our sponsors.
With the collaboration of BLD, these CPD events will give the attendees a deeper insight into how they can bring innovation in digital investigation into their own work and organisations.

 

The events will be announced after the 2020 Awards along with sign-up details. 

For further information, please contact awards@bluelightsdigital.com.

 

2020 Categories 

This year we are looking for excellence, innovation, collaboration and those unique behaviours that make people stand out! Is this you?

We are looking for the people who are changing the field of digital investigations, who are trying new techniques, tackling complex data sources and achieving fabulous results. Is this someone you know?

Click the category for more information.

Advancing the Field of Digital Investigation

Do you know an individual or team who have identified a new technique or process that has advanced the field of digital investigations? What was identified in the course of their work, and how it has been successfully shared with peers?

Key points to include:

  • Explanation of how this change has contributed to the field of digital investigation
  • Detail why this is in an advancement
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this development was shared
  • How could this change digital investigations and law enforcement benefit?

Collaborative Investigation

Do you know a collaborative investigation in the last 12 months which has spanned at least two agencies, whether locally, nationally or internationally?

To be considered, the collaboration must have been required in order to advance the investigation. How this was required must be clearly detailed in the nomination.

Key points to include:

  • Recognition of the difficulties and challenges + how were they overcome
  • Explanation of use of complex sources/disparate data
  • Explanation of digital investigative techniques used and results
  • How learning and understanding was shared
  • Outcome of investigation
  • How could this learning be shared and used to drive investigational practices forward?

Communications Data

Do you know an exceptional use and/or development of common techniques within an investigation?

  • Detail what was done with the technique
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this technique differed to normal practice
  • What did this technique enable the investigation to achieve?

What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?

Cryptocurrency

Do you know an exceptional use and/or development of common cryptocurrency techniques within an investigation?

Key points to include:

  • Detail what was done with the technique
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this technique differed to normal practice
  • What did this technique enable the investigation to achieve?

What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?

Digital Forensic Techniques

Do you know an exceptional use and/or development of common techniques within an investigation?

Key points to include:

  • Detail what was done with the technique
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this technique differed to normal practice
  • What did this technique enable the investigation to achieve?

What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?

Internet Intelligence

Do you know an exceptional use and/or development of common techniques within an investigation?

Key points to include:

  • Detail what was done with the technique
  • Explanation of use of complex sources and/or disparate data
  • Explanation of how this technique differed to normal practice
  • What did this technique enable the investigation to achieve?

What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?

Team of the Year

Do you know an exceptional team that have made a real difference over the last 12 months? What makes the team stand out from the rest and what achievements have been made?

Key points to include:

  • Detail what makes this team different
  • Explanation of how the team works on a day-to-day basis
  • Examples of excellence

What best practice could be shared and enhance the performance of digital investigation teams?

Digital Investigator of the Year

We are looking for an outstanding Digital Investigator who has performed exceptionally over the last 12 months.

This individual needs to have been involved within an investigation that was either a) investigated or b) produced at court over the previous 12 months. The investigation must have required digital techniques in order to progress and the nominee must have been actively involved in this aspect of the investigation.

Key points to include:

  • Detail what the nominee personally did
  • Explanation of how they used complex sources and/or disparate data and what the result of that was
  • Detail what makes the nominee exceptional

What learning could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?

Leader of the Year

We are looking for an outstanding leader who has performed exceptionally over the last 12 months.

This individual needs to have been involved in leading a digital investigations unit during this time.

Key points to include:

  • Explanation of what the nominee personally did and what the results of this were
  • Describe makes their leadership exceptional?

What key points could be shared with the wider community and how could it be beneficial to them and their future investigations?

Fellowship Award

THIS IS BY NOMINATION ONLY

This is the only category in which you cannot nominate yourself. All nominations must be for others.

We are looking for an outstanding individual who has performed exceptionally in the field of digital investigations during their career.

  • Explanation of what they have done during their career that makes them stand out and how they did this

What difference has this work made (either locally, nationally or internationally)?

 The awards focus on exceptional work across the previous 12 months and the nominees are chosen by YOU!