Cloud Forensics Tools

In the age of cloud computing, traditional forensics methods are no longer enough. Businesses are increasingly storing their data in the cloud, which presents new challenges for investigators. Cloud forensics is the branch of digital forensics that focuses on the collection, preservation, and analysis of evidence from cloud environments.
In this blog post we explore a few tools and resources for cloud forensics investigations. We will cover a variety of topics, including:
  • Cloud forensics solutions: We will discuss some of the leading cloud forensics platforms and tools available, such as Cado, Google Cloud Forensics Utils, and Sleuthkit.
  • Cloud-based forensics: We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of using cloud-based forensics tools compared to traditional on-premises solutions.
  • Cloud forensics training: We will provide resources for those interested in learning more about cloud forensics, including online courses and certification programs.
  • Cloud forensics tools list: We will compile a list of popular cloud forensics tools, categorized by their specific functions.
  • Cloud forensics SANS: We will discuss the SANS Institute’s offerings in cloud forensics training and certification.
  • Cloud computing forensics tools: We will explore the specific challenges of forensics in different cloud environments, such as AWS, Azure, and GCP, and highlight some of the tools available for each platform.


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Cloud Forensics Solutions
Cado is a cloud forensics and incident response platform that helps security teams investigate and respond to security incidents in the cloud. Cado automates data collection and analysis, saving security teams time and effort. Cado also supports investigations across multiple cloud providers and environments, such as AWS, Azure, and GCP.
Google Cloud Forensics Utils is a collection of open-source tools for investigating and responding to various security incidents in Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The tools include plaso, dfVFS, and log2timeline, which can be used to collect, process, and analyze data from GCP sources.
Sleuthkit is a digital forensics toolkit that can be used to investigate a variety of devices and systems, including cloud storage. Sleuthkit includes tools for carving files, extracting metadata, and analyzing file systems.
Cloud-Based Forensics vs. Traditional Forensics
Cloud-based forensics offers several advantages over traditional on-premises solutions. Cloud-based tools are typically more scalable and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. They can also be more cost-effective, as there is no need to purchase and maintain expensive hardware.
However, there are also some challenges associated with cloud-based forensics. One challenge is that investigators may not have direct access to the underlying evidence, which can make it difficult to collect and preserve evidence. Additionally, cloud providers may have their own policies and procedures for handling legal requests, which can complicate investigations.
Cloud Forensics Tools List
  • Data collection: Cado, Google Cloud Forensics Utils, CloudTrail (AWS), Azure Activity Log (Azure), Cloud Monitoring (GCP)
  • Data analysis: Sleuthkit, plaso, dfVFS
  • Incident response: Cado, Google Cloud Security Command Center (GCSCC), Azure Security Center, GCP Security Command Center
The SANS Institute is a leading provider of cybersecurity training and certification. SANS offers SANS 509 Enterprise Cloud Forensics and Incident Response, which covers the theory and practice of cloud forensics investigations.
Cloud Computing Forensics Tools
The specific challenges of forensics in different cloud environments, such as AWS, Azure, and GCP, vary depending on the platform’s architecture and security features. However, there are some general tools that can be used for forensics in any cloud environment.