An AI Model for Digital Forensic Readiness in the Cloud using Secure Access Service Edge


  • taurai Hungwe Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Prof Hein Venter University of Pretoria



Digital forensics readiness, Cloud computing, Artificial intelligence, Secure access service edge, Security


Computing infrastructure has evolved and has brought about changes to the ways that work and business are carried out. Cloud computing has redefined these workspaces by providing connectivity and tools to enable productivity, collaboration, and flexibility.   As work moves outside the centralised office and goes remote, users are accessing the cloud directly, leaving the protection of the corporate network and leaving the users’ computing platforms open to threats. In the pre-cloud era, the data centre for organisations was the single location where digital assets would be housed and non-complicated security parameters implemented. The firewall would be the main security perimeter implemented to secure the network in this pre-cloud era. The advent of cloud computing has brought potential areas and gaps in securing the organisational data, information and communication connectivity to the cloud-based resources. As such, there is need to rethink and redesign the models which can be implemented to secure the cloud computing services. The cloud should be in a state of digital forensics readiness in order to facilitate digital forensics investigation. The study focuses on the development of an artificial intelligence model for digital forensic readiness for the cloud using secure access service edge. This integrated approach might assist in the provisioning of cloud security.

Author Biography

Prof Hein Venter, University of Pretoria

Prof Hein Venter is the Head of Department, Computer Sciences, University of Pretoria. The founding member  and head of the Digital Forensics Science Research Group in the University’s Department of Computer Science. He is also the chair of the Information Security for South Africa (ISSA) national conference and the South African Institute of Computer Science. His research interests are in computer and Internet security, which include network security, Intrusion detection, information privacy, and digital forensics and standardization.