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Within the realms of digital forensics analysts traditionally performed analysis on static data, either from a core dump, bit to bit imaging etc. Recently we have seen an increased focus directed at the live forensics environment. As users rely more on mobile and other remote devices to access data on demand; data possibly held in some manner of cloud environment, investigators will have to adapt their mode of investigations to suit. I recall reading a marketing pitch a while aback where some vendor claimed that an advantage of Cloud Computing is, an ability to conduct live forensics without disrupting mission critical systems. How effective this claim may be, is subject to examination. According to Brian Carrier - "The only difference between a live and a dead analysis is the reliability of the results; a live analysis techniques use software that existed on the sys... (more)

To Cloud or Not to Cloud

I've been asked quite a few times, "when will it be a good time to get into cloud computing?" by potential clients. My answer is typically it depends... I know, I know.... not much direction there, but really it all depends. Why ? Well, some may state, "we all know of the much beaten security concerns, and we will ensure that systems on our end are secured and synced to work in tandem with the vendors' security." Can one ensure some degree of monitoring by the implementation of an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) residing within the system hosting the gateway into the cloud? The... (more)

Digital Forensic Challenges within Cloud Computing

Proponents of the cloud ecosystem touts its "vastness, flexibility and scalability as advantages for the implementation of cloud services. However, from a digital point of view this can be a veritable forensic challenge as we view the cloud in terms of its scope and diversity. According to Dr. Stephen Wolthusen[1] "Digital forensics (also referred to at times as computer forensics) encompasses approaches and techniques for gathering and analyzing traces of human and computer-generated activity in such a way that it is suitable in a court of law." A key challenge to a digital inve... (more)

GRC and the Cloud - Governance, Risk Management & Compliance

As we become more technology dependent, more so in today's "cloud"-driven environment, IT security needs to evolve from the traditional sense of digital security. We should see the advent and acceptance of a more holistic, flexible and adaptive model of security that focuses more on managing information security, people and processes in a natural evolution from the traditional model of implementation, monitoring and updating. According to Teubner and Feller [1] "Governance is understood as securing a responsible corporate management, having its roots in value-based management."... (more)

The Impact of the Cloud on Digital Forensics - Part 1

Digital Forensics is not an elephant, it is a process and not just one process, but a group of tasks and processes in investigation. Examiners now perform targeted examinations using forensic tools and databases of known files, selecting specific files and data types for review while ignoring files of irrelevant type and content. Despite the application of sophisticated tools, the forensic process still relies on the examiner's knowledge of the technical aspects of the specimen and understanding of the case and the law - Mark Pollitt. As has been established from articles by var... (more)