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NIST IR 8006 (Initial Public Draft)

NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Challenges

Date Published: June 2014
Comments Due: August 25, 2014 (public comment period is CLOSED)
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National Institute of Standards and Technology


This document summarizes the research performed by the members of the NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Working Group, and aggregates, categorizes and discusses the forensics challenges faced by experts when responding to incidents that have occurred in a cloud-computing ecosystem. The challenges are presented along with the associated literature that references them. The immediate goal of the document is to begin a dialogue on forensic science concerns in cloud computing ecosystems. The long-term goal of this effort is to gain a deeper understanding of those concerns (challenges) and to identify technologies and standards that can mitigate them.



Cloud computing forensics; Forensic Science; Forensics; Digital forensics; Forensics challenges
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Draft NISTIR 8006 (pdf)

Supplemental Material:
Comment Template (docx)

Document History:
06/23/14: IR 8006 (Draft)
08/25/20: IR 8006 (Final)



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