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Last Wednesday I had the distinct honor of being part of one of Jeremy Geelan's Panel of Expert segments at the 7th International Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. To be honest, when I got the email, despite the pleasure of being considered to present my trade, I was not too excited about visiting another series of booths and presentations that was more of the same. It's been two years since my last visit to a technology trade show, I know... I know...what was I thinking ?! Imagine my loss from not participating in the deluge of suave marketing and sales pitches that comes around several times a year,with the "we have the answers to all your technology needs" chorus by devout technology vendors, I must have practically faced a tidal wave of withdrawal from this self imposed exile.... Arriving late, I braced myself for mass confusion and perhaps harried and annoyed staff. ... (more)

The Impact of the Cloud on Digital Forensics - Part 2

As mentioned in  Part 1 of this article, one of my functions is to research current and up and coming solutions within the technology realm, particularly that of distributed computing and cloud computing. It is a strong possibility that malicious users will eventually identify and exploit potential flaws within the cloud computing model. CSPs, in their pursuit to secure market share may have underestimated the possibilities of attack and misuse of their cloud resources by a malicious user or users. The likelihood that the creation, storage, processing and distribution of illicit ... (more)

The Impact of Airport X-Ray Technologies - Part 1

Over the last three weeks due to the nature of my IT security job, I have traveled through major airports at least eight times. With all the commotion recently regarding the airports new back-scatter X-ray machines (privacy, health, etc.) I wanted a firsthand look/feel at this experience. While I am sensitive to and an advocate for issues of privacy regarding persons with medical conditions and children, at 15 pounds overweight I don't think any airport security personnel will take pleasure in looking at a scanned image of me. Far from it, I hope I don't give them any nightmares... (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)