Logging for Cloud Computing Forensic Systems

  • Alecsandru Patrascu Military Technical Academy
  • Victor-Valeriu Patriciu Military Technical Academy


Cloud computing represents a different paradigm in the field of distributed computing that involves more and more researchers. We can see in this context the need to know exactly where, when and how a piece of data is processed or stored. Compared with classic digital forensic, the field of cloud forensic has a lot of difficulties because data is not stored on a single place and furthermore it involves the use of virtualization technologies. In this paper we present in detail a new way of monitoring activity in cloud environments and datacenters using a secure cloud forensic framework. We talk about what architecture must this framework implement and how can it be applied on top of new or existing cloud computing deployments. For testing and results  we have implemented this solution to our previous developed cloud computing system.

Author Biographies

Alecsandru Patrascu, Military Technical Academy
PhD Student, Computer Science Department
Victor-Valeriu Patriciu, Military Technical Academy
Proffessor, Computer Science Department


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How to Cite
PATRASCU, Alecsandru; PATRICIU, Victor-Valeriu. Logging for Cloud Computing Forensic Systems. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTERS COMMUNICATIONS & CONTROL, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 2, p. 222-229, feb. 2015. ISSN 1841-9844. Available at: <http://univagora.ro/jour/index.php/ijccc/article/view/802>. Date accessed: 22 may 2022.


cloud computing; data forensics; logging framework; distributed computing; binary diff