Application Security

Application security encompasses measures taken throughout the application’s life-cycle to prevent exceptions in the security policy of an application or the underlying system through flaws in the design, development, deployment, upgrade or maintenance of the application. Conventional network security appliances do not protect resources and services from application level of risks and threats. Modern day threats are very much focused and targeted towards application level, often bypassing traditional security systems.
E-commerce web servers are susceptible to cross site scripting attacks, directory traversal, buffer overflows, brute force login whilst database servers are vulnerable to SQL injections, data manipulation attacks or unauthorized privileged access. With such application security risks that threatens your organizations ability to be online and functional; critical services need to be protected with a defense-in-depth tiered model. With stateful-firewall and IPS creating the first line of defense, dedicated application security solutions are required to be designed, deployed and implemented acting as your second line of defense.

Cloud Security

Cloud computing is one of the next significant stage in the Internet’s evolution, providing the means through which everything – from computing power to computing infrastructure, applications, business processes to personal collaboration – can be delivered to you as a service wherever and whenever you need.
The “cloud” in cloud computing can be defined as the set of hardware, networks, storage, services, and interfaces that combine to deliver aspects of computing as a service. Cloud service models are based on three categories; Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Services (SaaS).
Consumer Cloud Computing services has been well established eversince mainstream Internet. Well known examples are WebMail services and social networking platforms. However the adoption of Cloud Computing within the Enterprise sector has been slow. This slow uptake in Cloud services that promises so much has been primarily influenced by the numerous security risks, concerns and challenges posed within such an environment.
Governance, Risk and Compliance factors of Cloud Services need to be fully assessed by organizations to provide informed judgments. Data and Information lifecycle, source and origination, transfer, destination, validation and deletion all need to be understood. Transborder data flow of sensitive information resulting in litigation have to be approved by legal team. Periodic right for 3rd party audit clause, frequent reporting mechanisms of security violations and a clearly defined service level agreement. With Cloud providers utilizing shared pool of resources, virtualization and isolation capabilities need to be questioned along with identity access control and management frameworks. Encryption key lifecycle of virtualized environments, portability of information if your organization decides to move to another Cloud provider are just some critical factors to consider.
At POWER IT we will help your organization make this informed decision and judgment through due care and diligence; working proactively with your cross-functional teams we will ensure that each key decision is technically assessed based on a business risk approach.
POWER IT Cloud Computing Security expertise can assist in the following areas;
Cloud Computing Risk Management.
Compliance and Audit Control in Cloud Computing environments
Information Lifecycle Management in the Cloud
Data Portability and Interoperability between Cloud providers
Virtualization and Multi-Tenancy environments
Application and Hypervisor Security
Encryption and Key Management
Identity and Access Management
Data Center operations and Disaster Recovery Planning
Virtualization Appliances for Multi-Tenant environments and offering Security as a Service on demand with rapid elasticity are some of POWER IT key specialized areas in the Cloud Computing Security domain.

Application Security Solutions

Application security solutions specifically protect critical services and resources that allow your business to be functional whilst minimizing business risk that is acceptable. Application security encompasses measures taken throughout the application’s life-cycle to prevent exceptions in the security policy of an application or the underlying system through flaws in the design, development, deployment, upgrade or maintenance of the application. Conventional network security appliances do not protect resources and services from application level of risks and threats. Modern day threats are very much focused and targeted towards application level, often bypassing traditional security systems.
E-commerce web servers are susceptible to cross site scripting attacks, directory traversal, buffer overflows, brute force login whilst database servers are vulnerable to SQL injections, data manipulation attacks or unauthorized privileged access. With such application security risks that threatens your organizations ability to be online and functional; critical services need to be protected with a defense-in-depth tiered model. With stateful-firewall and IPS creating the first line of defense, dedicated application security solutions are required to be designed, deployed and implemented acting as your second line of defense.

D A T A S E C U R I T Y

1. Data Leakage Prevention

Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) systems enables your organization to have strict control of information and data in how it is used, transferred and removed. DLP systems are able to identify, monitor and protect data in use through endpoint actions. DLP systems are also able to protect your intellectual data when data is in motion or in transit referred to as network actions or data that is at rest known as data storage.
DLP systems have granular level of data visibility and through deep content inspection, contextual security analysis of transaction (attributes of originator, data object, medium, timing, recipient/destination and so on) and with a centralized management framework can provide a complete holistic approach to your data security.
DLP technology has received significant attention industry wide due to corporate confidential information being leaked out through network access, endpoints or peripherals such as flash memory. Although you may increase productivity and empower your employees to be connected to your corporate resources remotely there are significant risks associated with how data that is downloaded is not confidential, once downloaded the data lifecycle and whether it is distributed elsewhere is now beyond the control of your organization. Information asset risks also need to be controlled for organizations that permit the use of instant messaging services and controlling the type of data that is shared across users. The use of DLP systems within your organization is paramount to ensure information assets are protected from unauthorized use and transmission.
POWER IT can assist your organization to identify the right DLP solution to meet your business requirements; solutions that are network, storage or endpoint based all have different characteristics and is important to make the selection.

2. Data Encryption

Why Encryption ...?

In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it. Encryption doesn't prevent hacking but it reduces the likelihood that the hacker will be able to read the data that is encrypted. In an encryption scheme, the message or information, referred to as plaintext, is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, turning it into an unreadable cipher text.This is usually done with the use of an encryption key, which specifies how the message is to be encoded. Any adversary that can see the cipher text should not be able to determine anything about the original message. An authorized party, however, is able to decode the cipher text using a decryption algorithm, that usually requires a secret decryption key, that adversaries do not have access to. For technical reasons, an encryption scheme usually needs a key-generation algorithm to randomly produce keys. By encrypting data and information you ensure 'confidentiality' of the data transmission from one location to another; by adding 'integrity' and 'authenticity' you can maintain information triage by ensuring data is not tampered with whilst in transit whilst ensuring the data is coming from a legitimate source.