Calm before the storm: The challenges of cloud computing in digital forensics

George Grispos, Tim Storer, William Bradley Glisson

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12 Scopus citations


Cloud computing is a rapidly evolving information technology (IT) phenomenon. Rather than procure, deploy, and manage a physical IT infrastructure to host their software applications, organizations are increasingly deploying their infrastructure into remote, virtualized environments, often hosted and managed by third parties. This development has significant implications for digital forensic investigators, equipment vendors, law enforcement, as well as corporate compliance and audit departments, amongst other organizations. Much of digital forensic practice assumes careful control and management of IT assets (particularly data storage) during the conduct of an investigation. This paper summarises the key aspects of cloud computing and analyses how established digital forensic procedures will be invalidated in this new environment, as well as discussing and identifying several new research challenges addressing this changing context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmerging Digital Forensics Applications for Crime Detection, Prevention, and Security
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781466640078
ISBN (Print)1466640065, 9781466640061
StatePublished - May 31 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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