Mapping and collecting data stored in an IaaS environment

Part One: So you want to move into the cloud

In this three-part series, we will discuss some of the challenges and issues companies must recognize when litigation arises and the time comes to identify and map potentially relevant data that is stored with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers. Some of the key issues that will be addressed arise from what, on the surface, appear to be simple questions:

  • Who has my data?
  • What control do I have over my data?
  • Where is my data being stored?

We will also discuss specific steps that can be taken to collect data stored in the cloud order to defend the authenticity of that data.

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Jonathan Fowler

Jonathan Fowler, EnCE, ACE, is the Director of Forensics at First Advantage Litigation Consulting. He can be reached at

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