It has been said that nobody understands the cloud! And this is often the case. Not because the concept is so complicated, but because most people have set misconceptions about what the cloud is and what it can do for them.
Cloud computing offers convenience, reduces costs and environmental footprints and increases productivity. It is however not without its problems and risks. Public clouds for example may be hosted in more than one countries, and some of them may be outside the European Union. If you are a business and you keep your customers' data on the Cloud, then you will be braking the law saving their private data outside the EU without their consent.
Cloud computing creates of course new challenges for forensic investigators. Since most of the work when using cloud based apps is done "on the cloud" there may be little or no evidence left behind on the local pc or laptop.
As cloud computing becomes the norm, forensic scientists and software vendors increase their efforts in order to extract and collect more data from cloud based activities.
Strathclyde Forensics follows closely all developments in cloud computing and cloud forensics. We are confident that we can extract anything that can be possibly extracted based on the tools available today.
Apart from investigating an incident, we are in the position to provide you with an evaluation of different cloud platforms and providers, and train you on the use and risks of cloud computing.