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A comprehensive review on adaptability of network forensics frameworks for mobile cloud computing.

Khan S, Shiraz M, Wahab AW, Gani A, Han Q, Rahman ZB - ScientificWorldJournal (2014)

Bottom Line: Explicitly, the fundamental mechanisms of NFFs are highlighted and then analyzed using the most relevant parameters.A classification is proposed to help understand the anatomy of existing NFFs.The paper concludes by discussing research challenges for progressive network forensics in MCC.

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Affiliation: Centre for Mobile Cloud Computing Research (C4MCCR), Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, 50603 Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ; University of Malaya, 50603 Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT
Network forensics enables investigation and identification of network attacks through the retrieved digital content. The proliferation of smartphones and the cost-effective universal data access through cloud has made Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) a congenital target for network attacks. However, confines in carrying out forensics in MCC is interrelated with the autonomous cloud hosting companies and their policies for restricted access to the digital content in the back-end cloud platforms. It implies that existing Network Forensic Frameworks (NFFs) have limited impact in the MCC paradigm. To this end, we qualitatively analyze the adaptability of existing NFFs when applied to the MCC. Explicitly, the fundamental mechanisms of NFFs are highlighted and then analyzed using the most relevant parameters. A classification is proposed to help understand the anatomy of existing NFFs. Subsequently, a comparison is given that explores the functional similarities and deviations among NFFs. The paper concludes by discussing research challenges for progressive network forensics in MCC.

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Mobile cloud computing basic network architecture.
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fig1: Mobile cloud computing basic network architecture.

Mentions: MCC is a revolutionary model that allows mobile users to connect to computational clouds through their smart mobile devices from anywhere at any time [6]. MCC is a combination of smartphone devices, wireless channels and network links, and clouds, as shown in Figure 1. Smartphones that connect to MCC suffer from constraints, such as limited battery life, memory, and processing unit as well as delays in executing an application. Such constraints prevent users from executing computation-intensive applications on a lightweight smartphone device [1]. To overcome these problems, different offloading mechanisms [19–22] have been proposed to partially or entirely outsource the computational load of smart mobile devices.


A comprehensive review on adaptability of network forensics frameworks for mobile cloud computing.

Khan S, Shiraz M, Wahab AW, Gani A, Han Q, Rahman ZB - ScientificWorldJournal (2014)

Mobile cloud computing basic network architecture.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4109117&req=5

fig1: Mobile cloud computing basic network architecture.
Mentions: MCC is a revolutionary model that allows mobile users to connect to computational clouds through their smart mobile devices from anywhere at any time [6]. MCC is a combination of smartphone devices, wireless channels and network links, and clouds, as shown in Figure 1. Smartphones that connect to MCC suffer from constraints, such as limited battery life, memory, and processing unit as well as delays in executing an application. Such constraints prevent users from executing computation-intensive applications on a lightweight smartphone device [1]. To overcome these problems, different offloading mechanisms [19–22] have been proposed to partially or entirely outsource the computational load of smart mobile devices.

Bottom Line: Explicitly, the fundamental mechanisms of NFFs are highlighted and then analyzed using the most relevant parameters.A classification is proposed to help understand the anatomy of existing NFFs.The paper concludes by discussing research challenges for progressive network forensics in MCC.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Centre for Mobile Cloud Computing Research (C4MCCR), Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, 50603 Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ; University of Malaya, 50603 Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT
Network forensics enables investigation and identification of network attacks through the retrieved digital content. The proliferation of smartphones and the cost-effective universal data access through cloud has made Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) a congenital target for network attacks. However, confines in carrying out forensics in MCC is interrelated with the autonomous cloud hosting companies and their policies for restricted access to the digital content in the back-end cloud platforms. It implies that existing Network Forensic Frameworks (NFFs) have limited impact in the MCC paradigm. To this end, we qualitatively analyze the adaptability of existing NFFs when applied to the MCC. Explicitly, the fundamental mechanisms of NFFs are highlighted and then analyzed using the most relevant parameters. A classification is proposed to help understand the anatomy of existing NFFs. Subsequently, a comparison is given that explores the functional similarities and deviations among NFFs. The paper concludes by discussing research challenges for progressive network forensics in MCC.

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Related in: MedlinePlus