Date of Award

Fall 8-1-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Science in Information Systems


Business and Information Systems

First Advisor

Ashley Podhradsky

Second Advisor

Jun Liu

Third Advisor

Kyle Cronin

Fourth Advisor

Viki Johnson


The use of disk encryption has become more prevalent in recent years. As the ability to encrypt a logical and physical volume becomes easier for end users, the role of examiners becomes more difficult when conducting digital forensics investigations. The purpose of this research is to provide an integrative framework, which mitigates the risks of data access loss when performing a digital forensic investigation. The framework will include issues of legality as well as whole disk encryption integrating previous frameworks. The framework will then be validated against several scenarios in which encryption has been used.