Cloud App Security

cloud security penetration testing


Most of the web applications are moving to cloud technology. While this enhances the appliaction functionality, it also introduces security issues. Since everything is virtual in case of a cloud hosting, it is difficult to gain fine grain control of the "data at rest" and "data in transit".

Cloud computing technology offers three basic models of implementation.. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Securing cloud environments is a sweeping proposition that touches on the topics of virtualization security, access control, data protection and a host of other areas.

Multi Tenancy Attacks
Priviledge Escalation
SQL Injection
Request Forgery

How do we Secure Cloud Applications?

Valency Networks possesses years of security experience ranging from corporate networks to recent customers requiring cloud computing security. Unlike most other security consultancy offerings, in case of cloud security the approach is purely from design perspective. We deep dive into the cloud architecture, and identify various attack vectors which range from network layer of cloud design, to the cloud aware applications running on virtual data centers or virtual development centers. Cloud security also includes that of web authentication portals which call the cloud service providers API calls. Customers of Valency Networks involve us right from design phase, to the implementation phase.

Cloud Application Penetration Tesing

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AWS Cloud Security

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Cloud App Security

To manage cloud security in today’s world, you need a solution that helps you address threats to enterprise data and infrastructure, including the major trends you are up against.
1. Changing attackers and threats: Threats are no longer the purview of isolated hackers looking for personal fame. More and more, organized crime is driving well-resourced, sophisticated, targeted attacks for financial gain. Plus cybercriminals have expanded their attack targets from just software to the platform.
2. Consumerization of IT: As mobile devices and technologies continue to proliferate, employees want to use personally owned devices to access enterprise applications, data, and cloud services.
3. Evolving architecture technologies: With the growth of virtualization and the use of public clouds, perimeters and their controls within the data center are in flux, and data is no longer easily constrained or physically isolated and protected. Cloud technologies present new security challenges; for example, API management and governance is a critical discipline for enterprises to scale delivery of cloud services to mobile and other clients.
4. Dynamic and challenging regulatory environment: Organizations—and their IT departments—often face ongoing burdens of legal and regulatory compliance with increasingly prescriptive demands and high penalties for noncompliance or breaches. Commonly cited examples of regulations include Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the United States, the Data Protection Act in the United Kingdom, and the European Union (EU) Data Protection Directive.
Data loss or leakage. Protecting data can be a headache because of the number of ways it can be compromised. Some data—customer, employee, or financial data, for example—should be protected from unauthorized users. But data can also be maliciously deleted, altered, or unlinked from its larger context. Loss of data can not only distract your business operations, but also damage your company’s brand and reputation, affect customer and employee trust, and have regulatory compliance or competitive consequences.
Account or service hijacking. Attacks using methods such as phishing and fraud continue to be an ongoing threat. With stolen credentials, hackers can access critical areas of your cloud and potentially eavesdrop on transactions, manipulate or falsify data, and redirect your clients to illegitimate sites. IT organizations can fight back with strong identity and access managemenAt, including twofactor authentication where possible, strong password requirements, and proactive monitoring for unauthorized activity.
Abuse and nefarious use of cloud services. Many infrastructureas- a-service (IaaS) providers make it easy to take advantage of their services. It’s typically easy for users to register an account and start using cloud services right away. Cybercriminals actively target cloud services providers, partially because of this relatively weak registration system that attempts to obscure identities, and because many providers have limited fraud-detection capabilities. Stringent initial registration and validation processes, fraud monitoring, and subsequent authentication are ways to remediate this type of threat. Insecure interfaces and APIs, and lack of enterprise-class security. APIs are used to consume, expose, or aggregate cloud services, including controlled spin-up of virtual machines (VMs), management of API version and security policy, sharing and discovery of APIs with developers, orchestration and integration, and API monitoring and metering to drive revenue. These interfaces are an important application-layer control point for protecting against data loss prevention, threat protection, and other content-delivered attacks. Edge API gateways for on-premises enforcement, combined with cloud-delivered API portals, are an emerging design pattern for enterprise control.
Multitenancy and shared technology issues. Clouds deliver scalable services that provide computing power for multiple tenants, whether those tenants are business groups from the same company or other companies. That means shared infrastructure—CPU caches, graphics processing units (GPUs), disk partitions, memory, and other components—that was never designed for strong compartmentalization. Even with a virtualization hypervisor to mediate access between guest operating systems and physical resources, there is concern that attackers can gain unauthorized access and control of your underlying platform with software-only isolation mechanisms. Potential compromise of the hypervisor layer can in turn lead to a potential compromise of all the shared physical resources of the server that it controls, including memory and data as well as other VMs on that server.

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