NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Reference Architecture: NIST Requests Public Comments on SP 800-201

 The initial public draft of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-201,
NIST Cloud
Computing Forensic Reference Architecture
is now
available for public comment. This document addresses the need to support a
cloud system’s forensic readiness, which is the ability to quickly and
effectively collect digital evidence with minimal investigation costs.

The document presents a reference architecture to help users
understand the forensic challenges that might exist for an organization’s cloud
system based on its architectural capabilities, as well as the mitigation
strategies that might be required. The reference architecture is both a
methodology and an initial implementation that can be used by cloud system
architects, cloud engineers, forensic practitioners, and cloud consumers to
analyze and review their cloud computing architectures for forensic readiness.

The public comment period for this
initial public draft is open through March 31, 2023
. See
the publication
for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting

A call for patent claims is included on page ii of this document. For
additional information, see the Information
Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy–Inclusion of Patents in ITL