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.
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
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.
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.
As mobile devices and technologies continue to proliferate, employees want to use personally owned devices to access enterprise applications, data, and cloud services.
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.
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.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides an easy-to-manage cloud platform to store your digital assets, host servers and more. Its simple client interface in tandem with extensive documentation makes it a popular choice amongst developers to host their applications.
Amazon also has many settings for security controls including firewalls to block incoming and outgoing traffic and different identity and access management (IAM) accounts with varying levels of privileges. However, misconfigurations in your web application can allow an attacker to pivot into your cloud and exfiltrate both company and consumer data.In the past, developers used hard-coded passwords to access different services, such as MySQL or FTP, to retrieve client data.
We know that security is job one in the cloud and how important it is that you find accurate and timely information about Azure security. One of the best reasons to use Azure for your applications and services is to take advantage of its wide array of security tools and capabilities. These tools and capabilities help make it possible to create secure solutions on the secure Azure platform.
Microsoft Azure provides confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customer data, while also enabling transparent accountability. To help you better understand the collection of security controls implemented within Microsoft Azure from both the customer's and Microsoft operations' perspectives, this white paper, "Introduction to Azure Security", is written to provide a comprehensive look at the security available with Microsoft Azure.
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software deployment model where applications are remotely hosted by the application or service provider and made available to customers on demand, over the Internet. Enterprises can take advantage of the SaaS model to reduce the IT costs associated with traditional on-premise applications like hardware, patch management, upgrades, etc. On demand licensing can help customers adopt the "pay-as-you-go/grow" model to reduce their up-front expenses for IT purchases.
SaaS lets software vendors control and limit use, prohibits copies and distribution, and facilitates the control of all derivative versions of their software. SaaS centralized control often allows the vendor to establish an ongoing revenue stream with multiple businesses [tenants] and users. The tenants are provided a protected sandbox view of the application that is isolated from other tenants. Each tenant can tune the metadata of the application to provide a customized look and feel for its users.
Cloud App Security is a critical component. It's a comprehensive solution that can help your organization as you move to take full advantage of the promise of cloud applications, but keep you in control, through improved visibility into activity. It also helps increase the protection of critical data across cloud applications. With tools that help uncover shadow IT, assess risk, enforce policies, investigate activities, and stop threats, your organization can more safely move to the cloud while maintaining control of critical data.
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