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Comparitive Study of Cloud Forensics Tools

Sameena Naaz, Faizan Ahmad Siddiqui. Published in Information Sciences.

Communications on Applied Electronics
Year of Publication: 2016
Publisher: Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Authors: Sameena Naaz, Faizan Ahmad Siddiqui
10.5120/cae2016652258

Sameena Naaz and Faizan Ahmad Siddiqui. Comparitive Study of Cloud Forensics Tools. Communications on Applied Electronics 5(3):24-30, June 2016. BibTeX

@article{10.5120/cae2016652258,
	author = {Sameena Naaz and Faizan Ahmad Siddiqui},
	title = {Comparitive Study of Cloud Forensics Tools},
	journal = {Communications on Applied Electronics},
	issue_date = {June 2016},
	volume = {5},
	number = {3},
	month = {Jun},
	year = {2016},
	issn = {2394-4714},
	pages = {24-30},
	numpages = {7},
	url = {http://www.caeaccess.org/archives/volume5/number3/606-2016652258},
	doi = {10.5120/cae2016652258},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}
}

Abstract

In recent years, cloud computing has become popular as a cost-effective and efficient computing paradigm. Cloud computing may well become one the most transformative technologies in the history of computing. Cloud service providers and customers have yet to establish adequate forensic capabilities that could support investigations of criminal activities in the cloud [1]. It is impossible to avoid the vulnerabilities and criminal targeting of cloud environments which demands an understanding of how digital forensic investigations of the cloud can be accomplished. Unfortunately, today’s cloud computing architectures are not designed for security and forensics. To date, very little research has been done to develop the theory and practice of cloud forensics. Many factors create difficulty in forensics investigations in a cloud environment.

Numerous clients stay hesitant to move their business IT base totally to the cloud. One of the primary worries of clients is Cloud security and the risk of the obscure. Cloud Service Providers (CSP) empower this observation by not giving their clients a chance to see what is behind their “Virtual shade" implies how our data or information is dealt with at the back end [2]. This paper talks about existing examination ventures and highlights the open issues and future headings in cloud crime scene investigation research territory. It has been demonstrated that the efficient methodology towards understanding the nature and difficulties of cloud crime scene investigation will permit researchers to look at conceivable secure arrangement approaches, prompting expanded trust on and reception of distributed computing, particularly in business, medicinal services, and national security. This thus will prompt lower cost and long haul advantage to the general public overall [3].

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Keywords

Cloud computing, Digital forensics, Cloud forensics, Live forensics.