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Enterprise Information Security is growing concern for the IT Managers, Business Process Owners and Customers. With the increase in the number of mobile users for business and personal activities, the risk of storing and managing the information securely for both corporate and personal data has become of greater importance.Each process established in an organization is a service asset and each such service asset is as critical as another for its streamlined operations.

We have leaped ahead of times when corporate security function used to dwell on physical security. Now our business is driven by both business ideas and technological advancements.Information Security in any corporate company boils down to the three fundamental concepts of IT security, they are, Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. Now these concepts have to be applied while designing any process/procedure. But why? Is it so much essential? Yes it is. Yes it is. Below we present few new challenges in IT environments across industries and geographies to give the reader a perspective on the cyber security practices.

 
Challenges to IT environment
 
   
Application Security and Unencrypted traffic
Application security is gaining appetite for a growing number of threats on hacking into the application using the tools available on internet as well as through insider information. According to a study by security companies, nearly 86% of all websites had at least one serious vulnerability in 2012 and IT websites possess the most number of security issues with an average of 114 serious vulnerabilities per site. How do such bizarre numbers appear? Let’s take a Hotel Industry’s HMS (Hotel Management System) application for a quick analysis.

HMS is the central application to which all the other supporting functions and different unit’s applications are integrated. There is a constant communication back and forth between these unit’s and the central HMS application for various activities like registrations, purchase, orders, bookings, billings etc. This invariably makes the HMS application as the core source of information for the hackers.

However, the hackers have opted for variety of means to exploit the central HMS application. While most of security features are built on this central piece but the supporting features of the HMS tool are not configured for security during their development. These become the resting places for hackers for data.

The best way to prevent any kind of loss of information through the HMS portals and its supporting infrastructure is to review the applications and the infrastructure on the regular frequency for any presence of malware or malicious code and different kinds of vulnerabilities.

   
Vulnerable WiFi access
In a general WiFi or guest WiFi access area, the companies don’t reserve any restrictions on the security of the information being accessed by the customers using the WiFi setup. However, the hackers or customers with malicious intent or people on espionage, bank on the WiFi access area for breaching into the corporate network. There are a comprehending number of tools available in the internet for scanning footprints, reconnaissance, gathering the network topology and installing malware or performing any kind of man-in-the-middle attacks.


   
Steep increase in Malware
Antivirus industries have been incessantly monitoring the new malware being released in the internet and updating their software to mitigate the risks that arise from these malwares. However, keeping the company’s information systems up to date to defend against the new malicious code released in the internet is critical for safer environment.

Moreover, the employees are switching to use their own handheld mobile computing-telecommunication devices (BYOD) for their personal as well as professionals needs. Employees tend to use the guest WiFi for transferring information over internet which may not be feasible on the corporate LAN. Whilst bypassing the corporate LAN, the sensitive information is being exposed to outer world unnoticed.

   
Vulnerable WiFi access
In a general WiFi or guest WiFi access area, the companies don’t reserve any restrictions on the security of the information being accessed by the customers using the WiFi setup. However, the hackers or customers with malicious intent or people on espionage, bank on the WiFi access area for breaching into the corporate network. There are a comprehending number of tools available in the internet for scanning footprints, reconnaissance, gathering the network topology and installing malware or performing any kind of man-in-the-middle attacks.

Moreover, the employees are switching to use their own handheld mobile computing-telecommunication devices (BYOD) for their personal as well as professionals needs. Employees tend to use the guest WiFi for transferring information over internet which may not be feasible on the corporate LAN. Whilst bypassing the corporate LAN, the sensitive information is being exposed to outer world unnoticed.

   
Big Data on older software versions and weaker configurations
There is massive amount of data stored in databases as digital signatures, audio, video, classified simulations, transaction history, employee and customer profiles, financial information, logs etc for future use or intelligence. The back end databases or servers which hold such enormous information are usually in the innermost layer of the IT environment. Thereby leaving it remotely accessed, the vulnerabilities of the databases or servers or applications still remain to be active.

Thus this tunnels the Big Data of the hotels to the hackers and outer world with little or no effort.
   
Insecure systems with vulnerable configurations
Security maintenance, minimum baseline security standards, system and software upgrades, configuration reviews of the information systems fall short significance as the daily business activities run on full scale. These gaps in the systems open doors for hackers and fraudsters to plant their malicious code and sneak into the network LAN.
   
Lack of visibility on network and troubleshooting
As the IT environment become robust and expands to bigger systems and applications and distant locations, it becomes cumbersome to view the network path between the different nodes of the network channels. Without a proper logical IT architecture view, troubleshooting the breakdowns, slowdowns, high network consumption, incidents or disasters etc becomes a draconian task for the IT Support staff.

Now with the BYOD policy, usage of mobile devices and portable media, the risk of due diligence and timely troubleshooting is a challenge.
   
   
Graphical View - Risk

Enterprises encounter risk at different points of its mundane operations. We tried to put details in a graphical format for quick study.


 
Our Offerings

We bring a wide range of services in security industry to enable business streamline operations, like implementing standards ISO 27001 (Information Security Management), ISO 20000 (IT Service Management), ISO 22301 (Business continuity and Disaster management), performing technical evaluations like Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing (VAPT), Web Application Security Assessment (WASA), Network Architecture Review.

Also we implement world class technologies for network monitoring and troubleshooting like Nexthink, web and content filtering solutions like Bluecoat and Websense, as well as implement mobile device management technologies for managing BYOD policies like Airwatch, Cisco.

Technology Services:
   
Websense
• Enterprise Web and Content Filtering solution
• Prevent usage of corporate network for illicit, illegal, adult, unauthorized sites and emails, social networking
  sites etc
• Observe 40% increase in network performance as Websense stops all unwanted usage of network


   
Blue coat
• WAN Optimization for powering network performance (achieve an 30-40% ROI on network bandwidth
  expense)
• BYOD Implementation using adept mobile device management solutions (observe increase in employee
  performance and customer satisfaction)

   
Nexthink
• Real time analytics from end user point of view
• Instant view for network monitoring and troubleshooting
• Customized filters for network management
• Reports on Network usage analysis

   
Air-watch
• Encourage Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Secure Wifi Access
• Multi-Platform Mobile Device Management (MDM) with Secure Email Gateway, ActiveSync, VPN, Content
   and Application Management

   
   

Our Technology services are not limited to the above but extend to a wide range of Data Center Technology implementation services and Management Security Services.

IT Process Management Services:
   
ISO 27001
• Complete Implementation of ISO 27001 controls and clauses for Information Security Management System
• This will establish order and discipline in the IT processes and will boost assurance on maintaining
   customers and corporate data privacy policies and procedures
• Observe Segregation of Duties and clear understanding on roles and responsibilities and all the
   processes adhere to the policies and procedures authorized by the corporate/senior management

   
Software Application Technical Evaluation
• Web Application Security Assessment
• OWASP testing for application

   
ISO 20000
• IT Service Management for full-fledged implementation of Change, Incident and Problem Management
• Observe a quick service response resolution and increased employee and customer satisfaction

   
ISO 22301
This standard will ensure quick recovery of critical data systems and business process during any disaster like network failure, fire, communal agitations, malware attack, IT failures etc
   
IT Security Awareness   Training
Awareness training the best methodology to prevent any personal misuse of data and infrastructure and will educate people on the sensitivity of the data they are working on and corporate intention.
   
   

We also provide expert risk advisory consultationon Enterprise Compliance Management and IT Security Audit services and also support organizations in setting up the Data Centers with necessary infrastructure and process consulting. Please call us for demo and details on any of the above services and technologies.

 
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