Cloud computing refers to is a method of computing that involves usage of the internet to provide for scalable and virtualized resources that are related to the computer. Throughout the business community, cloud computing has continued to manifest itself as a force to reckon over the years in the recent past. In this article however, we will be looking to inform you of some of why cloud computing is perceived as another digital forensic challenge.
What are the advantages of cloud computing?
Despite being perceived as a digital forensic challenge, cloud computing has some advantages that includes;
- It does not need technological know-how
With cloud computing, a business does not need technological know-how, infrastructure control or any other sort of expertise. This means that it can be adopted by any business firm as it has “less baggage.”
- Cost saving
Due to the fact that it does not require any technical knowledge to handle it, it can be used to save cost in any business firm as there will be no need to hire workers who are equipped with special knowledge about cloud computing.
- Variety of services offered
Another advantage that comes with cloud computing is that it is able to provide variety of services including VMware, Rackspace, Amazon and Google amongst many others. This can also boost the efficiency of any business that has adopted the use of services that are inherent with cloud computing.
What are the forensic and security issues that concerns cloud computing?
Cloud computing might appear suitable for any business but it too have its undoing’s. Some of them are discussed below;
- Obvious security risks
Using the internet to access remote server for the purposes of application initiation is obviously a security risk. One of the security risks involves privacy. When you store sensitive corporative data on a remote server for instance, there is a chance that the information might land on the hands of an authorized personnel.
- Little or no awareness
When you store data on a remote server, you cannot exactly tell where it is located. This is dangerous as in the case that the server crashes or is compromised, there will be no specific procedures that will help you recover the lost data. Also, the service provider might run bankrupt and stop offering the services of cloud storage. That means that all your stored data will be lost too.
- Privacy laws
In the place where you are residing there may be privacy laws that safeguards the data, you sent to the cloud server. But since you do not know the location to which the data you have sent will land, it may end up in a country where there are no privacy laws therefore your data can be compromised with.
Though cloud computing has added advantages to business firms, they can also be a source of destruction with regards to how forensic and security issues are handled as discussed above.