One major concern with the adoption of cloud computing is the lack of a
defined standard or standards that are specific to operations impacting
security, interoperability & mobility within the Cloud ecosystem.
As most managers of security departments will attest to, there is a fine line
between security and operations. While we as business managers want to
ensure that we maximize the ROI on our operational investments and ensure
that availability is paramount for our users, we do not want to do so at
the expense of our security measures, policies and protocols.
On the other hand we do not want to lock down a system providing maximum
security, but to such an extent that there is a degradation in availability -
thus negatively impacting operations and our revenue stream by extension.
In the traditional IT Security/Operational world we balance tools and metrics
from I... (more)
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)
As mentioned in Part 1 of this article, one of my functions is to research
current and up and coming solutions within the technology realm, particularly
that of distributed computing and cloud computing.
It is a strong possibility that malicious users will eventually identify and
exploit potential flaws within the cloud computing model. CSPs, in their
pursuit to secure market share may have underestimated the possibilities of
attack and misuse of their cloud resources by a malicious user or users.
The likelihood that the creation, storage, processing and distribution of
illicit ... (more)
Cloud Computing offers a sense of "vastness" in terms of storage and remote
processing. According to Simpson Garfinkil, a major challenge to any digital
forensics investigator investigating data within the cloud; can be an
inability to locate or identify data or code that is lost when single data
structures are split into elements.
This in effect directly impacts forensic visibility.
Within this ecosystem a major concern can be access to and the preservation
of data within an on-going digital forensic investigation. Of consideration
as mentioned in Part 1 - is that in a live and ... (more)
[Adopted from my BLOG December 2009]
Lately in the IT community all the hype is on Cloud Computing. We have small
start-ups offering several variations of Cloud services as well as some of
the established big players (Google, Amazon, IBM, Novell (aimed at cloud
service providers),Sun) stepping up their offerings of cloud services.
But what exactly is Cloud Computing? Is it Virtualization? Is it services
that we accessed via a web browser over the years, something totally new, or
is it all of these,but just rebranded?
The term Cloud Computing started gaining traction when Google a... (more)