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6th International Workshop on Digital Forensics and Incident Analysis (WDFIA 2011)

6th International Workshop on Digital Forensics and Incident Analysis (WDFIA 2011)
London, UK, July 7-8, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-84102-285-7

Title: Towards a forensically ready cloud storage service
Author(s): Theodoros Spyridopoulos, Vasilios Katos
Reference: pp93-107
Keywords: distributed storage forensics, remote acquisition, jurisdiction
Abstract: In this paper we examine the feasibility of developing a forensic acquisition tool in a distributed file system. Using GFS as a vehicle and through representative scenarios we develop forensic acquisition processes and examine both the requirements of the tool and the distributed file system must meet in order to facilitate the acquisition. We conclude that cloud storage has features that could be leveraged to perform acquisition (such as redundancy and replication triggers) but also maintains a complexity, which is higher than traditional storage systems leading to a need for forensic-readiness-by-design.
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