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A Systematic Survey on Cloud Forensics Challenges, Solutions, and Future Directions - 2019

Research Area:  Digital Forensics


The challenges of cloud forensics have been well-documented by both researchers and government agencies (e.g., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology), although many of the challenges remain unresolved. In this article, we perform a comprehensive survey of cloud forensic literature published between January 2007 and December 2018, categorized using a five-step forensic investigation process. We also present a taxonomy of existing cloud forensic solutions, with the aim of better informing both the research and practitioner communities, as well as an in-depth discussion of existing conventional digital forensic tools and cloud-specific forensic investigation tools. Based on the findings from the survey, we present a set of design guidelines to inform future cloud forensic investigation processes, and a summary of digital artifacts that can be obtained from different stakeholders in the cloud computing architecture/ecosystem.

Author(s) Name:  Bharat Manral, Gaurav Somani, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, Mauro Conti, Manoj Singh Gaur

Journal name:  ACM Computing Surveys

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Publisher name:  ACM


Volume Information:  Volume 52, Issue 6, November 2020 Article No.: 124, pp 1–38