Securing a "Bring Your Own Application" cloud environment using digital forensics
Litunya, Duncan Oyando Akhonya
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The use of cloud applications introduces new challenges to information systems Security. The idea of applications accessible from multiple devices and hosted or provided by third party organizations brings new complications to IT security. In situations where organizations are embracing Bring Your Own Applications (BYOA) and where they allow use of free to public cloud applications within their networks, it is important for IT Security experts to consider how to secure their BYOA environments and also monitor how these applications are used and the flow of information. The aim of this research is to develop a digital forensics based solution for securing BYOA cloud environment. This solution can be used to improve security in an organisation implementing BYOA. The research focuses on free to public cloud applications, whereby security challenges are identified and security measures proposed. The security measures are enforced through the development of a customized solution. The solution has been developed using rapid application development (RAD) system development methodology. Using Geany editor and Python programming language, the prototype developed relies on digital forensics artefacts to gather information about the usage of BYOAs. The solution captures digital forensics artefacts and stores them into a database as logs of the activity on Google Drive application. The solution demonstrates how digital forensics artefacts can be used to enhance security in a BYOA environment.