Paper: Calm before the Storm: The Emerging Challenges of Cloud Computing in Digital Forensics14/09/2012
Calm before the Storm: The Emerging Challenges of Cloud Computing in Digital Forensics
Cloud computing is a rapidly evolving technological phenomenon. Rather than procure, deploy and manage a physical IT infrastructure to host its software applications, organizations are increasingly deploying the same into remote, virtualized environments, which can be hosted and manage by third party providers. This development in the IT landscape has signicant implications for digital forensic investigators, toolkit developers and corporate compliance and audit departments. Much of digital forensic practice assumes careful control and management of IT assets (particularly data storage) during the conduct of an investigation. This paper summarises the key aspects of cloud computing and analyses how established digital forensic procedures will be invalidated in this new environment. Several immediate research agendas are proposed to begin addressing these new challenges.
Paper by G. Grispos, T. Storer, and W. B. Glisson - PDF Download
During the review of this paper it turned out that the authors pretty much focused on the applicability of different existing digital forensic frameworks in cloud environments. So the paper can be more or less be seen as an overview paper discussing the different aspects of cloud forensics. Detailed analysis of different aspects cannot be found – but the future work section lists some interesting items that should be in scope of future research activities. For me personally it’s sometimes hard to understand why people a) use references without numbers and b) huge line shifting ;).