Title: UML-based process model for mobile cloud forensic application framework - a preliminary study

Authors: Puneet Sharma; Deepak Arora; T. Sakthivel

Addresses: Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India ' Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India ' Firstsoft Technologies P. Ltd., Chennai, India

Abstract: The mobile cloud forensics has received a great deal of attention within the digital forensics community. Collecting potential evidence from the mobile cloud by applying forensically sound methods faces severe setback due to technological advancements. The latest forensic investigation tools and methods are inevitable to cope up with the increasing criminal activities on the mobile cloud platform. Thus, a forensically sound process is essential to develop critical methods for mobile cloud forensic investigators. This preliminary study presents a mobile cloud forensic process framework with the help of UML diagrams that primarily consists of identification, collection and preservation, examination and analysis, and evidence correlation and presentation phases. The proposed mobile cloud forensic process introduces the evidence correlation phase between the mobile and cloud. The proposed methods improve the evidence traceability in the cloud by determining the evidence related to the malicious activity of the suspected device in an efficient manner.

Keywords: mobile cloud forensics; forensic investigations; forensic methods; forensic process framework; use cases; UML sequence diagrams.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESDF.2020.108296

International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 2020 Vol.12 No.3, pp.262 - 278

Received: 30 Oct 2018
Accepted: 30 May 2019

Published online: 08 Jul 2020 *

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