Apache Kafka in Cybersecurity for Digital Forensics

Kai Waehner
10 min readSep 10, 2021

Apache Kafka became the de facto standard for processing data in motion across enterprises and industries. Cybersecurity is a key success factor across all use cases. Kafka is not just used as a backbone and source of truth for data. It also monitors, correlates, and proactively acts on events from various real-time and batch data sources to detect anomalies and respond to incidents. This blog series explores use cases and architectures for Kafka in the cybersecurity space, including situational awareness, threat intelligence, forensics, air-gapped and zero trust environments, and SIEM / SOAR modernization. This post is part four: Digital Forensics.

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Blog series: Apache Kafka for Cybersecurity

This blog series explores why security features such as RBAC, encryption, and audit logs are only the foundation of a secure event streaming infrastructure. Learn about use cases, architectures, and reference deployments for Kafka in the cybersecurity space:

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Digital Forensics

Let’s start with the definition of the term “Digital Forensics”. In the IT world, we can define it as analytics of historical data sets to find insights. More specifically, digital forensics means:

  • Application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly during a criminal investigation.
  • It is applied to internal corporate investigations in the private sector or, more generally, to intrusion investigations in the public and
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