Cloud forensics: a research perspective

Document Type

Conference Proceeding




Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science


School of Computer and Security Science




This article was originally published as: Almulla, S., Iraqi, Y., & Jones, A. (2013). Cloud forensics: a research perspective. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology. (pp. 66-71). Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi. IEEE. © 2013 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works. Original article available here


Cloud computing and digital forensics are both developing topics and researching these topics requires an understanding of the main aspects of both cloud computing and digital forensics. In cloud computing it is necessary not only to understand its characteristics and the different services and deployment models but also to survey the underpinning elements of cloud computing such as virtualization and the distributed computing which are important to identify its impact on current digital forensics guidelines and procedures. Unlike papers discussing the challenges and opportunities presented by cloud computing in relation to digital forensics, in this paper, we will discuss the underpinning cloud computing elements which are required to provide forensics friendly cloud services. Furthermore, we suggest a set of questions that will aid in the process of cloud forensics analysis.