CLOUDFOR 2016: Workshop on Cloud Forensics

In conjunction with the 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC), Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
6-9 December 2016

* Deadline extended to 22 August 2016.
** Best papers to be invited for a journal special issue; scroll down for details.

Scope & Purpose:

As a consequence of the sharp growth in the Cloud Computing market share, we can expect an increasing trend in illegal activities involving clouds, and the reliance on data stored in the clouds for legal proceedings. This reality poses many challenges related to digital forensic investigations, incident response and eDiscovery, calling for a rethink in traditional practices, methods and tools which have to be adapted to this new context.
This workshop aims to bring researchers and practitioners together as a multi-disciplinary forum for discussion and dissemination of ideas towards advancing the field of Cloud Forensics.

Topics of interest comprise, but are not limited to:
• Digital evidence search and seizure in the cloud
• Forensics soundness and the cloud
• Cybercrime investigation in the cloud
• Incident handling in the cloud
• eDiscovery in the cloud
• Investigative methodologies for the cloud
• Forensics readiness in the cloud
• Challenges of cloud forensics
• Legal aspect of cloud investigations
• Tools and practices in cloud forensics
• Case studies related to cloud forensics
• Forensics-as-a-Service
• Criminal profiling and reconstruction in the cloud
• Data provenance in the cloud
• Law enforcement and the cloud
• Big data implications of cloud forensics
• Economics of cloud forensics
• Current and future trends in cloud forensics
• Grid forensics

Important Dates:

• Full paper submission: 30 July 2016 22 August 2016
• Notification of acceptance: 30 August 2016 05 September 2016
• Camera-ready submission: 21 September 2016

Workshop Chairs:

Virginia N. L. Franqueira, University of Derby, UK
Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, University of South Australia, AU
Tim Storer, University of Glasgow, UK
Andrew Jones, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Raul H. C. Lopes, Brunel University (GridPP & CMS/CERN), UK

Program Committee:

George Grispos, The Irish Software Research Centre (LERO), IE
Andrew Marrington, Zayed University, AE
Kiran-Kumar Muniswamy-Reddy, Amazon Web Services, US
Joshua I. James, Hallym University, KR
Geetha Geethakumari, BITS Pilani, IN
Shams Zawoad, Visa Inc., US
Olga Angelopoulou, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Vrizlynn Thing, Institute for Infocomm Research, SG
Theodoros Spyridopoulos, University of the West of England, UK
Vassil Roussev, University of New Orleans, US
Yijun Yu, Open University, UK
Ibrahim Baggili, University of New Haven, US
Martin Schmiedecker, SBA Research, AT
Ben Martini, University of South Australia, AU
Hein S. Venter, University of Pretoria, ZA
Ruy de Queiroz, Federal University of Pernambuco, BR
Martin Herman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
Mark Scanlon, University College Dublin, IE


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished work which will be reviewed by three committee members. Submission should be blind, i.e., with no stated authors, or self-references. Papers should comply with the IEEE format, and have a maximum of 6 pages; guidelines are available at:

All accepted papers will be published in the IEEE conference proceedings – provided they are presented at the workshop.
Submission will be handled through EasyChair:

Best papers:

Authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions to the thematic series on ‘Cloud Forensics and Security‘ to be published by the open access Journal of Cloud Computing – SpringerOpen.


Virginia N. L. Franqueira, email: v.franqueira[at]