Requirements for a Forensically Ready Cloud Storage Service

Theodoros Spyridopoulos, Vasilios Katos

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This paper examines the feasibility of developing a forensic acquisition tool in a distributed file system. Using GFS and KFS distributed file systems as vehicles and through representative scenarios and examples, the authors 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. The authors conclude that cloud storage has features that can 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-36
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Distributed storage
  • Forensics
  • Remote acquisition
  • Cloud computing
  • Acquisition tool


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