Dark clouds on the horizon

the challenge of cloud forensics

R. Ian Ferguson, Karen Renaud, Alastair Irons

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Abstract

We introduce the challenges to digital forensics introduced by the advent and adoption of technologies, such as encryption, secure networking, secure processors and anonymous routing. All potentially render current approaches to digital forensic investigation unusable. We explain how the Cloud, due to its global distribution and multi-jurisdictional nature, exacerbates these challenges. The latest developments in the computing milieu threaten a complete “evidence blackout” with severe implications for the detection, investigation and prosecution of cybercrime. In this paper, we review the current landscape of cloud-based forensics investigations. We posit a number of potential solutions. Cloud forensic difficulties can only be addressed if we acknowledge its socio-technological nature, and design solutions that address both human and technological dimensions. No firm conclusion is drawn; rather the objective is to present a position paper, which will stimulate debate in the area and move the discipline of digital cloud forensics forward. Thus, the paper concludes with an invitation to further informed debate on this issue.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCloud Computing 2018
Subtitle of host publicationThe Ninth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization
EditorsBob Duncan, Yong Woo Lee, Aspen Olmsted
PublisherInternational Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA)
Pages51-58
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781612086071
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2018
Event9th International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 18 Feb 201822 Feb 2018
Conference number: 9

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PublisherIARIA
ISSN (Print)2308-4294

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Conference9th International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period18/02/1822/02/18

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Ferguson, R. I., Renaud, K., & Irons, A. (2018). Dark clouds on the horizon: the challenge of cloud forensics. In B. Duncan, Y. W. Lee, & A. Olmsted (Eds.), Cloud Computing 2018: The Ninth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization (pp. 51-58). International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA).
Ferguson, R. Ian ; Renaud, Karen ; Irons, Alastair. / Dark clouds on the horizon : the challenge of cloud forensics. Cloud Computing 2018: The Ninth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization. editor / Bob Duncan ; Yong Woo Lee ; Aspen Olmsted. International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA), 2018. pp. 51-58
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Ferguson, RI, Renaud, K & Irons, A 2018, Dark clouds on the horizon: the challenge of cloud forensics. in B Duncan, YW Lee & A Olmsted (eds), Cloud Computing 2018: The Ninth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization. International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA), pp. 51-58, 9th International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization, Barcelona, Spain, 18/02/18.

Dark clouds on the horizon : the challenge of cloud forensics. / Ferguson, R. Ian; Renaud, Karen; Irons, Alastair.

Cloud Computing 2018: The Ninth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization. ed. / Bob Duncan; Yong Woo Lee; Aspen Olmsted. International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA), 2018. p. 51-58.

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Ferguson RI, Renaud K, Irons A. Dark clouds on the horizon: the challenge of cloud forensics. In Duncan B, Lee YW, Olmsted A, editors, Cloud Computing 2018: The Ninth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization. International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA). 2018. p. 51-58