A survey on cloud forensics challenges and solutions

Stavros Simou, Christos Kalloniatis, Stefanos Gritzalis, Haralambos Mouratidis

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    In recent years, cloud computing has gained popularity, and it is now used to support various areas of human life. Cloud forensics has been introduced to help forensic investigators find potential evidence against cloud criminal activities and maintain the security and integrity of the information stored in the cloud. While great research in the area has been carried out concerning challenges and solutions, the research on methodologies and frameworks is still in its infancy. This article focuses on the methodological aspects of cloud forensics. It critically reviews cloud forensics' existing challenges and solutions, and it explores, based on a detailed review of the area, all the work that has been carried out both in digital and cloud forensic methodologies mainly for supporting the investigation of security incidents in cloud. Furthermore, the detailed comparison reveals similarities and drawbacks of the existing methodologies providing some novel future research directions. Finally, the specific paper can be considered as a starting point for researchers wishing to design cloud-forensicable services over the cloud.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6285-6314
    Number of pages30
    JournalSecurity and Communication Networks
    Issue number18
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2016

    Bibliographical note

    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Stavros Simou, Christos Kalloniatis, Stefanos Gritzalis and Haralambos Mouratidis, A survey on cloud forensics challenges and solutions, Security and Communication Networks, 2016, 9:(18), pp. 6285-6314which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/sec.1688. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


    • cloud forensics
    • cloud forensics challenges
    • cloud forensics methodologies
    • cloud forensics solutions
    • digital forensics methodologies
    • review


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