Digital Forensic Investigation and Cloud Computing

Digital Forensic Investigation and Cloud Computing

Joshua I. James (University College Dublin, Ireland), Ahmed F. Shosha (University College Dublin, Ireland) and Pavel Gladyshev (University College Dublin, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2662-1.ch001
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Abstract

This chapter aims to be a high-level introduction into the fundamental concepts of both digital forensic investigations and cloud computing for non-experts in one or both areas. Once fundamental concepts are established, this work begins to examine cloud computing security-related questions, specifically how past security challenges are inherited or solved by cloud computing models, as well as new security challenges that are unique to cloud environments. Next, an analysis is given of the challenges and opportunities cloud computing brings to digital forensic investigations. Finally, the Integrated Digital Investigation Process model is used as a guide to illustrate considerations and challenges during an investigation involving cloud environments.
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Digital Forensic Science

This section is a brief overview of the history and advancement of digital forensic science. Legal considerations surrounding digital forensic investigations, primarily focused on law in the United States, are discussed as well as the current state of digital crime and how digital investigators are addressing this global problem. Key digital forensic definitions, types of digital forensic examinations, and an introduction into current digital forensic investigation process models are given to build the reader’s understanding of the field.

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