Calm before the storm: the challenges of cloud computing in digital forensics

Grispos, G., Storer, T. and Glisson, W. (2012) Calm before the storm: the challenges of cloud computing in digital forensics. International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics, 4(2), pp. 28-48. (doi: 10.4018/jdcf.2012040103)



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Cloud computing is a rapidly evolving information technology (IT) phenomenon. Rather than procure, deploy and manage a physical IT infrastructure to host their software applications, organizations are increasingly deploying their infrastructure into remote, virtualized environments, often hosted and managed by third parties. This development has significant implications for digital forensic investigators, equipment vendors, law enforcement, as well as corporate compliance and audit departments (among others). 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 new research challenges addressing this changing context are also identified and discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Storer, Dr Tim and Glisson, Dr William
Authors: Grispos, G., Storer, T., and Glisson, W.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics
Journal Abbr.:IJDCF
ISSN (Online):1941-6229
Published Online:01 January 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the authors

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