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Digital Forensics is not an elephant, it is a process and not just one process, but a group of tasks and processes in investigation. Examiners now perform targeted examinations using forensic tools and databases of known files, selecting specific files and data types for review while ignoring files of irrelevant type and content. Despite the application of sophisticated tools, the forensic process still relies on the examiner's knowledge of the technical aspects of the specimen and understanding of the case and the law - Mark Pollitt. As has been established from articles by various authors including myself, this re-branded model of  computing now called cloud computing proposes benefits that can improve productivity, harness high-speed systems which can  manage large data sets as well as systems implementations, and could have a net positive impact on the operatio... (more)

Service-Oriented Architecture and the Cloud

What is SOA?  One can say that the synthesis of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) platforms with middleware tools and concepts evolved into what we know today as Service Oriented Architecture. SOA then represents a standards based architectural blueprint with an emphasis on business centric services and transactions rather than that of technology oriented objectives: In other words an architectural style which businesses can use to execute and align services with their business model to achieve their business strategy, goals and objectives. For instance, an end-user reques... (more)

Introducing Cloud Computing: A Gentle Overview

[Adopted from my BLOG December 2009] Lately in the IT community all the hype is on Cloud Computing. We have small start-ups offering several variations of Cloud services as well as some of the established big players (Google, Amazon, IBM, Novell (aimed at cloud service providers),Sun) stepping up their offerings of cloud services. But what exactly is Cloud Computing? Is it Virtualization? Is it services that we accessed via a web browser over the years, something totally new, or is it all of these,but  just rebranded? The term Cloud Computing started gaining traction when Google a... (more)

Malware and Cloud Jacking

Malicious software or malware is a security nightmare. One can agree with the statement that malware in the internet is a growing epidemic and is costing industry billions of dollars each year. According to Microsoft Malware "is short for malicious software and is typically used as a catch-all term to refer to any software designed to cause damage to a single computer, server, or computer network, whether it's a virus, spyware, et al." Although the growth of malware may be flattening, its design sophistication is not. Per Kaspersky labs approximately 300,000 new malware programs ... (more)

Live Forensics and the Cloud - Part 1

Within the realms of digital forensics analysts traditionally performed analysis on static data, either from a core dump, bit to bit imaging etc. Recently we have seen an increased focus directed at the live forensics environment. As users rely more on mobile and other remote devices to access data on demand; data possibly held in some manner of cloud environment, investigators will have to adapt their mode of investigations to suit. I recall reading a marketing pitch a while aback where some vendor claimed that an advantage of Cloud Computing is, an ability to conduct live forens... (more)