Logging Framework for Forensic Environments in Cloud Computing

The field of cloud computing has attracted many researchers. It is good for you to know the conditions under which the data is stored in data centres or is processed, and then it becomes an interest for cloud computing forensics. The use of cloud computing in forensics has increased, and this is as a result of emergence of new technologies. The architecture of a cloud logging system is layered, and is composed of 5 layers, each with its own task. Let us discuss these layers:

The management layer
The modules which are responsible for most operations in the cloud can be found in this level, together with the ones targeted for the forensics, like the “Cloud Forensic Module”.

Virtualisation layer
This is the second layer in the architecture, and this is the layer in which we can find the servers and workstations which host our virtual machines. Although the virtual machines are the main building blocks in our environment, it is good for us to have virtualisation enabled in the hardware. A Local Logging Module should be installed in the Cloud Forensic Interface in the physical machine that we have. This will be the one tasked with gathering of the raw data from the virtual machines which are being monitored. The investigator can choose to adjust the amount of data, and they can select a particular virtual machine to monitor it, or maybe choose to monitor the whole activity which is taking place in the virtual machine.
For the data to be gathered reliably from your virtual machine, the local logging module has to be fully integrated with the running hypervisor inside our physical machine. We have to be keen on the kind of data which we intercept from the virtual machine, and then send it for further processing. It is possible for any activity to be intercepted, you will experience some penalties in terms of processing speed and timer.

Storage layer
This is the third layer in the logging architecture. It is where the RAW data which has been send from the modules which exist in the virtualisation layer is stored. The RAW data will be send by the logging modules in the form that it has been gathered from the hypervisor. From this, we can say that the layer has functionality similar to one of a distributed storage.

Analysing Layer
This is the fourth layer in the logging architecture. It is responsible for ordering, analysing, aggregating and processing the data which has been stored in our previous layer. As you might have noticed, the processes will use the computing resources intensively, and this calls for the analysing process to be done in an offline manner, and it is made available to the investigators immediately the job is ready. Once the process is completed, the investigators will be having all the relevant information regarding what happened in the remotely monitored machine, and they will be capable of navigating throughout the activities of the virtual machine so as to know what happened. In most cases, the layer is implemented in the form of distributed computing applications. This is mostly the case when the application needs a great computing power

Storage layer
This is the fifth layer in the architecture. This is where the results published from the rest of the layers is stored. This is the layer at which the forensics investigator will interact with the virtual machine snapshots they are monitoring, and this is done by use of the Cloud Forensic Module which is obtained from the Management layer.

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