Cloud Forensics – Challenges and Benefits


Cloud computing has become a popular option for many businesses, especially in the past few years. Cloud services are convenient, easy to use and provide a lot of benefits. However, not all data will be stored in the cloud; some is still kept on-premise. If you need to investigate a case involving cloud forensics then this guide will help you get started with your investigation.


What is Cloud Forensics? ​

Cloud forensics is the process of collecting, analyzing and presenting data to prove or disprove a hypothesis.

This includes gathering information from cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP), then processing it using tools such as PowerShell or Python.

Cloud forensics can be used in many ways:

1. from determining whether employees have been leaking confidential information to determining whether an attacker has compromised your network by attacking it through the internet;

2. from determining if there’s been an infidelity scandal at work; from proving that someone stole your intellectual property when they took their laptop home yesterday;

3. from proving that someone stole money from you via hacking into your bank account after lunchtime—the possibilities are endless!


Benefits of Cloud Forensics​

Cloud forensics is a growing field and there are many benefits to using this technology. For example,

1. You can use cloud forensics to look for and recover deleted files from your computer or mobile device.

2. You can also use it to recover information about the activity of someone else’s computer or device, such as their internet browsing history or email messages.

3. In addition, you can use cloud forensics in order to find out who has been using your computer or mobile device without permission by looking at the history of applications installed on it.


Challenges of Cloud Forensics​

Cloud forensics is a new field of study, and it will be important in the future. However, there are some challenges to be aware of before you begin your cloud forensic investigation.

1. The first challenge is that many organizations do not have an effective organizational culture or framework for cloud security. This means they may not be prepared to handle any issues that come up during an investigation—or worse yet, if they’re not able to address these issues then they could end up being compromised themselves!

2. The second challenge is that most companies don’t understand how their data might be used by other parties outside their organization – which makes it difficult for them to determine where threats originate from (or how serious those threats really are). This can lead companies into making mistakes when trying navigate through this unfamiliar territory without proper guidance on what steps should be taken next.

4 tips for getting started with cloud forensics​


Understand the cloud provider’s terms of service.


Understand the cloud provider’s privacy policy.


Understand the SLA for your account, whether it’s 24/7 availability or something else entirely (like 99.99% uptime).

Understand the cloud provider’s security policy.