There has been a revolution in the field of Digital Forensics thanks to the increasing use of The Cloud. As data is increasingly stored remotely, cloud services investigations are tasked with looking beyond computers and mobile devices for data.
Access Challenges for Cloud Data
Cloud storage has made it possible to store data anywhere in the world. As a result, data can be subject to local, national and even international laws, with associated security and compliance concerns.
Digital Forensics has become more complex with the advent of cloud computing, and traditional forensic data extraction is insufficient when so much online activity today is cloud-based (and encrypted).
A Growing Source of Digital Forensic Data
Despite the challenge of accessing cloud-based data, more and more digital evidence lies beyond physical devices, and there is increasing demand on Digital Forensic Investigators to access data from user profiles hosted in cloud-based applications. Advancements in technology, such as Cloud Analyzers, now allow Digital Forensic Investigators to extract, preserve and analyze public domain data, private social media data and other cloud-based content.
Cloud Services Investigations — How TCS Can Help
There may be information stored in the cloud that you are not aware of. In fact, if your computer crashes or your laptop is stolen, for example, TCS could investigate to see if the data you have lost is stored in the cloud. If so, we can potentially retrieve items such as important documents or digitally stored photographs. TCS can also retrieve data for use as evidence if you are preparing a legal case. However, to access a cloud storage account, other than your own, we would require a court order.