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Project ID: 368
Author: Druha Druthi Chandupatla
Project Title: Forensic Analysis & Trusted Monitoring System Prototype Implementation in Cloud Computing
Semester: 3 2011
Committe Chair: Dr. Mario Garcia
Committee Member 1: Dr. Hongyu Guo
Committee Member 2: Dr. John Fernandez
Project Description: Cloud computing is emerging as a powerful business solution having the potential to provide an abstraction between the computing resource and its underlying technical architecture. The pay per use concept of this technology provides an economic solution to many IT companies. With the increase in criminal acts, computer forensics has emerged as a necessary discipline in information technology. Forensics practices have been in existence over the last few decades, but they came into the limelight in the recent decade as cyber crimes and the involvement of digital devices in crimes is increasing drastically. Computer forensics has its footprint in every field of information technology, thus helping law enforcement and military to track criminals. Computer forensics is advancing with practices, tools, procedures etc, but it faces many challenges when dealing with cloud computing. This project identifies the challenges of conventional digital forensics in cloud environment and suggests possible solutions. As cloud computing is a client-server model, this project focuses on forensic analysis of both the client and cloud provider environment. The project developed a prototype called trusted monitoring system which provides necessary evidence for investigators at the provider side. Forensic analysis at the client side indulged the analysis of three freeware cloud tools Cloudatag, QTweb and Amazon cloud drive, using conventional forensic tool like FTK.
Project URL:   368.pdf