Cloud transformation

Hero de Haan

Hero de Haan

Sales & Business Development Manager

We zorgen voor uw cloud transformatie op een manier die betrouwbaar en secure is.

De transformatie van omgevingen en services naar de cloud heft grote voordelen, maar brengt ook een aantal uitdagingen met zich mee die goed geadresseerd dienen te worden.

Of u nu een IaaS of PaaS gebruikt voor uw eigen native cloud applicaties of u bestaande systemen wilt migreren, of de voordelen van SaaS wilt plukken, onze cybersecurityspecialisten kunnen ervoor zorgen dat uw nieuwe omgeving op een goede manier wordt opgezet.

Met de hulp van onze cloud security experts kunt u ervan verzekerd zijn dat wat u ook in de cloud maakt of gebruikt op een veilige manier tot stand komt en dat de risico’s tot een acceptabel niveau zijn teruggebracht.

Services

Identity and Access Management in the Cloud

We have a long history of providing the right types of identity and access solutions for organizations helping leverage made investments and expanding these solutions and processes as well as helping figure out new ways of working when taking into use new cloud services or helping with a hybrid cloud environment. In an optimal situation this is done with minimal visibility to the end user. Our goal is to ensure that the right people get the right access to the right resources at the right times for the right reasons, enabling the right business outcomes. This is especially valuable with cloud transformations where the pace of change is constantly accelerating.

People in general have become accustomed to quick usability of services from their consumer-driven cloud experiences, which has driven business cloud services to offer quick and easy adoption. Therefore, cloud services are adopted across organizations at an increasing pace.

However, this may lead to a situation where the cloud ecosystem is scattered across multiple organizations with difficulty in controlling access to the services. Due to the agile nature of cloud the identity of users’ needs to be addressed properly to facilitate service lifecycle. Additionally, there generally are challenges when migrating from one cloud to another or getting multiple clouds working seamlessly together be it within the organization or with external partners or customers.

Privacy Consulting

The Personal Data Act and EU’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) define that organizations have an obligation to protect personal information against unauthorized use.
With Nixu's privacy services, you can ensure that personal information is handled according to laws and regulations, while minimizing information-related risks. Nixu can also help you to prepare a privacy policy as well as descriptions of file.  

 

Access Management for Privileged Users

Leveraging privileged access management, various clouds and their users can be helped in a controlled fashion. When planned properly, the strong access rights are protected in a way where the malicious users have more difficult access to the privileged accounts decreasing breaches, while the correct users see benefits of simpler access to the various cloud services.

When moving to the cloud, agility and speed is the key and as a result management of privileged users may be initially be seen as a burden. These may include root or admin accounts, privileged user accounts, service accounts, application accounts or domain admin accounts. The burden is often initially ignored resulting in privileged rights being shared throughout different organizations and companies with eg. the cloud service provider, application developers, system integrator, internal developers etc. As the amount of different clouds and privileged users grows the management of these become a very time-consuming or less secure practice. Additionally, accounts with higher access rights than regular users, or privileged accounts, are frequently misused in breaches.

Cloud Platform Security

Our specialists support building your cloud environment according to recommendations provided by the vendor as well as our own experience derived from working with various cloud technologies and being a member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). With our help you can rest assured that your cloud services are built securely to ensure proper business outcomes and continuity.

With ramping up Infrastructure or Platform as a Service several services can be utilized quickly by several parties to decrease time to market. However, taking into account all security recommendations that are relevant for all parties for all services may be cumbersome. Nonetheless, in case these are not addressed properly, the end result may be a sub-optimal solution security wise. These may be costly and time consuming to address later on in the service lifecycle, possibly leading to downtime for the business and in the worst case scenario losing critical business data and reputation.

Cloud Threat Modeling

When moving to the cloud, we help you ensure that the relevant risks are identified and can be addressed accordingly. Our specialists can utilize different threat modeling frameworks to help define which one is most relevant for your business. We have vast experience in conducting threat modeling and analysis for products and services. The main benefit of Threat Modelling is to identify relevant threats and risks to provide valuable information for rational security investments and decisions.

When taking into use cloud services or building them yourself a generic model for security investments is made across the project without clear visibility on what the real threats and risks are. Therefore, it may be challenging to see the whole picture and whether the investments are reasonable and provide the appropriate value for that specific use case.

Cloud Security Framework

We help organizations draw up a Cloud Security Framework to support their transformation based on methods we have developed over the years as well as utilizing knowledge developed with Cloud Security Alliance. The result of the Cloud Security Framework is a model, which identifies and mitigates the risks through safe processes covering e.g. vendor lock in, necessary controls, permitted data, and availability.

Generally, organizations have a cloud strategy or an idea on what cloud services to use and for what use cases. The benefits of the use case are generally well drawn out and compared to costs of implementing the cloud services. However often the risks associated with the use case may not be well defined if at all. This may result in making decisions based on an incomplete business case and in the worst case ending up in a difficult situation to remediate all the risks.

Cloud Provider Assessment

We can help assess the relevant risks for different cloud providers be it a technical assessment or administrative risk based approach to ensure that all the relevant measures and controls are in place to protect your business. Furthermore, we can help you assess that the certifications that the cloud providers have are relevant to you and cover relevant operations. When taking into use new cloud services we help ensure that the services are safe to use.

As companies have started adopting cloud at an increasing pace, several cloud providers have started providing specific services for different business units be it HR, Sales, Finance or Marketing. The benefits of these new solutions are often invaluable, however prior to moving business critical operations and data to the cloud these providers should have sufficient security measures in place.

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    Hero de Haan

    Sales & Business Development Manager

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