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NIST Outlines Cloud Challenges Facing Forensics Professionals

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cloudThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a report that outlines the cloud computing challenges for digital forensics as identified by the industry and legal community, GCN reported Monday.

William Jackson writes the NIST’s cloud computing forensic science working group prepared the draft interagency report as part of the agency’s efforts to further the adoption of cloud computing.

The report categorized the challenges for forensics professionals into architecture, data gathering, analysis, anti-forensics, trustworthiness of first responders, roles of data owners and users, legal jurisdictions, technical standards and training, according to the report.

NIST seeks to identify standards and tools to address those challenges and determine further technological requirements to help fill the gaps, GCN reports.

Jackson writes that differing cloud operating frameworks and traditional data centers present technical issues while data migration across national borders constitute the legal and organizational challenges.

The NIST is accepting public comments on the draft interagency report until July 21, the report says.

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