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Cloud Forensics and Security

Journal of Cloud Computing welcomes submissions to the thematic series on 'Cloud Forensics and Security'.

Cloud Computing is becoming more and more appealing to organisations and individuals as a platform for ubiquitous, on-demand, high power and low cost computation. Unsurprisingly, the benefits and opportunities of clouds attract not only legitimate users, but also cyber-criminals. It exacerbates the possibility of large-scale illegal activities (e.g., storage and distribution of illicit material, deployment of botnet infrastructure, and phishing campaigns), facilitates novel business models, such as crime-as-a-service and “dark clouds”, and enables new forms of attacks and data misuse. This reality poses many challenges to different stakeholders in terms of preventing (the security aspect) and reacting (the forensics aspect) to those illegal activities.

This thematic series solicits technical and case-study papers from academia and industry with focus on advancing the state-of-the-art and practice in Cloud Forensics and Cloud Security. We invite unpublished and original submissions, or significantly extended conference papers with at least 50% of new and original content.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Digital evidence search and seizure in the cloud
  • Forensics soundness and readiness in the cloud
  • Incident handling
  • Auditing and Logging
  • Service models and security / forensics implications
  • Tools and best practices
  • Resource allocation and security / forensics issues
  • Evaluation of Forensics-as-a-Service and Crime-as-a-Service provisioning
  • Integration of grids and clouds
  • Criminal profiling and reconstruction in the cloud
  • Data provenance / traceability
  • Big data in cloud forensics / cloud security
  • Economics of cloud forensics / security
  • Cybercrime investigation
  • Attack modelling and countermeasures
  • Legal and regulatory aspects of cloud forensics / security
  • Dark clouds

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for  Journal of Cloud Computing. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the  Journal of Cloud Computing submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on "Cloud Forensics and Security". All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Deadline for submissions: 01 March, 2017

Lead Guest Editor

Virginia N. L. Franqueira, University of Derby, UK

Guest Editors

Raul H. C Lopes, GridPP & CMS/CERN, UK

Andrew Jones, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Tim Storer, University of Glasgow, UK


Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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