Application-specific digital forensics investigative model in Internet of Things (IoT)

Tanveer Zia, Peng Liu, Weili Han

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Besides its enormous benefits to the industry and community the Internet of Things (IoT) has introduced unique security challenges to its enablers and adopters. As the trend in cybersecurity threats continue to grow, it is likely to influence IoT deployments. Therefore it is eminent that besides strengthening the security of IoT systems we develop effective digital forensics techniques that when breaches occur we can track the sources of attacks and bring perpetrators to the due process with reliable digital evidence. The biggest challenge in this regard is the heterogeneous nature of devices in IoT systems and lack of unified standards. In this paper we investigate digital forensics from IoT perspectives. We argue that besides traditional digital forensics practices it is important to have application-specific forensics in place to ensure collection of evidence in context of specific IoT applications. We consider top three IoT applications and introduce a model which deals with not just traditional forensics but is applicable in digital as well as application-specific forensics process. We believe that the proposed model will enable collection, examination, analysis and reporting of forensically sound evidence in an IoT application-specific digital forensics investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARES 17
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
PublisherACM Digital Library
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450352574
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2017
Event12th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security : ARES 17 - Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy
Duration: 29 Aug 201701 Sept 2017


Conference12th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
CityReggio Calabria
OtherThe 12th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (“ARES – The International Dependability Conference”) will bring together researchers and practitioners in the area of dependability. ARES will highlight the various aspects of dependability – with special focus on the crucial linkage between availability, reliability and security.

ARES aims at a full and detailed discussion of the research issues of dependability as an integrative concept that covers amongst others availability, safety, confidentiality, integrity, maintainability and security in the different fields of applications.

ARES will emphasize the interplay between foundations and practical issues of dependability in emerging areas such as e-government, m-government, location-based applications, ubiquitous computing, autonomous computing, chances of grid computing etc.

ARES is devoted to the critical examination and research challenges of the various aspects of Dependable Computing and the definition of a future road map.
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