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Cloud computing and conflicts with digital forensic investigation


Damshenas, Mohsen and Dehghantanha, Ali and Mahmoud, Ramlan and Shamsuddin, Solahuddin (2013) Cloud computing and conflicts with digital forensic investigation. International Journal of Digital Content Technology and its Applications, 7 (9). pp. 543-553. ISSN 1975-9339; ESSN: 2233-9310

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Unfortunately, the nature of the cloud is in conflict with the characteristic of digital forensic investigation approach since many of the common forensic steps are not possible to follow during the inspection of the case. The distribution of cloud resource location in different countries, utilization of numerous storage devices and very limited physical access to the low-level storage devices and physical memories are just some of the reasons caused this conflict. This paper proposes some basic, yet useful, solutions to conquer the described issues. Implementing multi-factor authentication, utilizing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) in Hypervisor and applying specific changes in the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) contract to provide persistent storage to the customer are parts of suggested approaches, capable of making the current digital forensic investigation practices applicable to the cloud computing environments. This is an absolutely essential requirement for CSP’s mainly due to the significance of the clients’ trust which demands the ability for being investigated.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
Publisher: Advanced Institute of Convergence Information Technology
Keywords: Security; Forensics investigation; Forensic issue; Cloud computing; Virtualization
Depositing User: Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2015 14:38
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 11:32
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