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Sunday, September 06, 2020

NIST Calls for Cloud Forensics

Another example of forensics from patterns. 

NIST Calls for Standards to Improve Forensic Capabilities in the Cloud

Mariam Baksh
August 27, 2020

A report from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) details how cloud data storage impedes law enforcement and auditors' forensic investigations, while cloud providers benefit from a lack of standards. NIST gap analyses of cloud computing standards have long targeted interoperability and compliance auditing as priority areas. NIST's Martin Herman said, "If there were more standards, including interoperability standards ... it would be easier for outside forensic investigators to do the work instead." The report also cites as a drawback to such investigations the fact that data stored in the cloud, and not in physical storage media, cannot be seized by investigators. NIST identified 62 challenges to forensics in cloud environments that would require technological, organizational, or legal solutions to correct.  ...  '

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