Cloud computing is the new hot topic. Although many see using and sharing software hosted on the Internet as a natural next step in our exploitation of the World Wide Web, it can however pose a challenge to those involved in digital forensics investigations. Reliance by organisations on third-party providers of ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS), ‘Platform as a Service’ (PaaS) and ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ (IaaS) solutions can significantly hinder the ability of internal or external forensics specialists to conduct digital investigations. None of the associated problems are insurmountable – but effective solutions may require considerable work and time. This paper examines the practical steps needed to ensure investigations can progress unhindered. Also identified are potential issues, practical solutions and the tools required to investigate security breaches in the Cloud effectively.
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