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Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing (VAPT)
Vulnerability assessment provides on-demand scanning of the entire network, including wireless networks, by providing solutions to patch all the possible vulnerabilities and enforce enacted policies.
Penetration testing provides a quick and detailed analysis of current exposure of the systems or network to vulnerabilities, which threaten critical technological assets.
Paramount’s vulnerability assessment and penetration testing have been designed to help organizations determine the degree to which an enterprise’s critical information systems and infrastructure components are susceptible to intentional attack or unfortunate error as a result of weaknesses or vulnerabilities, inherent even in the most popular applications and operating systems. 99% of all intrusions result from the exploitation of unknown vulnerabilities or configuration errors, when counter measures are actually available. This is what we aim to identify and seal.
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Web Application Testing
The Internet has become the veritable lifeline to business operations. Web applications help businesses effectively harness this potential by combining the ease and familiarity of a browser experience with cross platform compatibility and functionality. But what are the methods to gauge the effectiveness of such operations? How can security aspects be assessed and fixed? How are such vulnerabilities identified? This and many more such associated questions are answered by Paramount’s comprehensive web application security testing process. Our focus here is very simple – to work with you to achieve your business goals, and partner for the next level of improvements in order to attain competitive advantage in any scenario.
Web-Application Security Testing is a systematic and structured high-end analysis, testing and reporting exercise conducted in order to:
- Highlight the vulnerabilities associated with the web application
- Provide recommendations for mitigating the identified Vulnerabilities
By accessing the vulnerabilities in the application layer, pushing the limits of defenses in networks, uncovering application loopholes and configuration errors, a high level of quality assurance is achieved.
Paramount web-testing cycle walks through a series of tasks specially designed for the identification of vulnerabilities of assets exposed to the public domain. Each step is a result of meticulous researched study, which follows a proven methodology. Every stage of the methodology generates an output that may serve as a piece of information for individual reporting or as input for a subsequent task.
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Security Architecture Design Assessment
Security architecture is a cohesive design that looks at the potential risks involved in a certain scenario or environment that are vulnerable to exploitation. Whether motivated by the evolving threat landscape or meeting compliance mandates, identifying gaps in your security infrastructure policies, architecture and controls that put your organization’s critical assets at risk is essential. However, having the resources and expertise to objectively assess and prioritize opportunities for improvement is a challenge for most organizations.
The Paramount’s design and architecture review process strikes a balance between the performance and the security aspect of the network. To ensure security, it is essential to have an appropriate network architecture and design. The cost and effort of enhancing security after development and deployment are too high. Hence, it is essential that the first steps are correctly formulated and implemented.
The architecture of a network is governed by the organizational policy and is built upon the requirements that help support business operations. As such, the security of the network architecture ensures the continuous and reliable performance of operations activity.
A network security architecture and design review helps organizations validate the security-related features of networks and enhance security with cost optimization. Paramount enables organizations to identify and fix potential vulnerabilities before they can be exploited and before the fix requires a substantial re-engineering effort.
Mobile Application Security
With the increasing use of mobile apps, organizations’ need to consider how to protect data as it travels across mobile networks. It is important for organizations to identify and mitigate application specific vulnerabilities before any deployment. Paramount can play a key role in your mobile application security testing framework by reducing the risk and advising on fixes.
Basically, Mobile Application Security testing is a method of doing a detailed analysis of applications meant for mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Blackberry from a security perspective.
Approach and Offerings
Paramount’s approach to mobile application security is based on the following process.
- Information Gathering
- Threat Modelling
- Application Traffic Analysis
- Data Storage Analysis
From discovering the insecure use of cryptography to verifying that all sensitive information is removed upon app uninstallation, we check for all signs of unintentional data transmissions and nefarious activities to give you the complete solution.
With comprehensive risk analysis, testing in controlled sandboxes and excellent virtualization capabilities, we give organizations the confidence to scale, whilst exposing risk zones, malicious behavior and technical vulnerabilities. Whatever the breed of technology, we have integrated and platform agnostic solutions that are intelligent and, more importantly, powerfully efficient and effective.
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ICS/ SCADA Security Risk assessment
With high levels of industrial automation and remote access possibilities, it is essential that system access and working is regulated and monitored. Further, sensitive industrial control systems, when hijacked, can have extensive implications on the business reputation, finance and employee morale. As your reliable partner and trusted friend, Paramount brings deep knowledge, meaningful insight extensive capability and innovation in approach to secure your assets at every step.
Industrial systems have high levels of automation today. The base to this automation is an industrial control system (ICS), wherein all the signals are collated in one interface, thereby allowing plant engineers to take decisions. The data to this central control system is in turn fed by PLC and SCADA interfaces, which in turn get updated data from sensors in various locations. SCADA systems are thus industrial computing assets that provide a human operator with updated real-time information about the current state of the remote process being monitored, as well as the ability to manipulate the process remotely. Industrial Control Systems perform mission critical functions to operate infrastructure for electricity generation, transmission and distribution, oil and gas drilling, production and processing, water treatment systems, etc.
Malicious attacks on SCADA systems may lead to catastrophic consequences such as asset mis-configuration, physical injury, process interruption and equipment damage. SCADA Security Assessment assists in reducing risk to threats and encourages compliance with regulatory mandates by analyzing vulnerabilities that could lead to system compromise.
Paramount’s methodology of SCADA Assessment is designed based on best industry standards and practices. Our approach is to optimize tailor offerings to meet client’s objectives, unique threat environment and any other operating constraints. Although tailored based on the scope of engagement and other application requirements, any successful approach to tackling security threats to industrial control system must cover following key steps:
Interviews with Managers, Operators, Engineers & System Administrators
Assessment of security configurations – Host, Network and Applications
Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing
Review of network segmentation, functional demilitarized zones and firewalls
Lock down Perimeter Security & Periodically Perform Security Audits
Train Personnel & Contractors
Manage & Monitor ICS System Security
Review of existing security policies and related documents
Information Security Risk assessment
Classically, IT security risk has been seen as the responsibility of the IT or network staff, as those individuals have the best understanding of the components of the control infrastructure. Moreover, security risk assessments have typically been performed within the IT department with little or no input from others.
As systems and networks have become complex, there is a need to perform security risk assessments that employ the enterprise risk assessment approach and include all stakeholders to ensure that all aspects of the IT organization are addressed, including hardware and software, employee awareness training, and business processes. IT enterprise security risk assessments are performed to allow organizations to assess, identify and modify their overall security posture and to enable security, operations, organizational management and other personnel to collaborate and view the entire organization from an attacker’s perspective. This process is required to obtain organizational management’s commitment to allocate resources and implement the appropriate security solutions.
A comprehensive enterprise security risk assessment also helps determine the value of the various types of data generated and stored across the organization. Without valuing the various types of data in the organization, it is nearly impossible to prioritize and allocate technology resources where they are needed the most. To accurately assess risk, management must identify the data that are most valuable to the organization, the storage mechanisms of said data and their associated vulnerabilities.
Paramount’s structured approach and rigorous IT acumen helps organizations get to the bottom of real issues and help them analyze various options and operations threadbare. This ensures effective preparation and a meticulous approach to structured enhancements.
Business impact analysis (BIA)
Business impact analysis (BIA) is a process to identify and evaluate the potential effects of a disaster, accident or emergency on business continuity and performance. A BIA is an essential component of an organization's business continuance plan; it includes an exploratory component to reveal any vulnerabilities and a planning component to develop strategies for minimizing risk. The result is a business impact analysis report, which describes the potential risks specific to the organization studied.
The BIA is thus the foundation of an entity’s business continuity capability. It is used to identify the following:
- Critical services, activities and products
- Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of those activities or services
- Time scale and extent of disruption
- Maximum Acceptable Outage (MAO) and Minimum Business Continuity Objectives (MBCO)
- Internal and external dependencies related to the critical activities or services, including suppliers and outsource partners
- Recovery Point Objective (RPO) for the data, information and systems needed to resume those activities
How to conduct a business impact analysis is a common question. The usual steps include:
- Face to face interviews
- Software tools or packages
- Focus group discussions
A combination of the above methods can also be used. Paramount’s expertise lies in identifying the exact combination, highlighting interdependencies, conducting an end to end assessment and presenting recommendations. With a business case to help justify your continued investment, we deliver a powerful and transformative solution.
Identity and Access Management (IAM)
IAM Readiness Assessment
Organizations are making significant investment in Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions to ensure business alignment with data and application access. Because it is such a significant investment in people, process, and technology effective planning is critical to its success. From a technology standpoint, one of the biggest barriers to completion for an Identity and Access Management project is assessing the status quo so that you can plan a rollout based on the assessment.
Paramount can help you map your environment and identify methods to facilitate such a roll out.
IAM Roadmap Consulting
Simply knowing that you need to incorporate Identity and Access Management will not be enough to tackle the needs of your organisation with respect to IDAM. You will also need to set the roadmap to accomplish your goals. A successful IDAM program begins with a well planned and executed Strategy Roadmap and Business Process Solution Design. Without this foundation to enable Technology Configuration, Deployment, and ongoing Governance, your ability to sustain the program is near impossible. We can provide you the right recommendations for such a strategy, enabling you to be effective in your deployment of IDAM.
IAM Quickstart Program
Before you dive headfirst into the intricacies of IDAM, we can facilitate a quick start program that can help you draw out the best aspects of identity and access management. The programs are designed to offer quick and cost effective IDAM solutions. As their needs evolve, organizations can choose to seamlessly integrate additional identity management and related functions, such as user provisioning or context management.
DLP Preparedness Assessment
To draw true value from any DLP deployment an organization must first assess, identify and allocate resources for it and talk about the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders for effective governance of the same. It is very important to know what is to be protected. You have to be very meticulous in defining what constitute sensitive data. We can help you look at the regulatory requirement that your organization must comply with while keeping in mind the industry standards.
CLOUD SECURITY ASSESSMENTS
With businesses choosing to put more and more information online, you need to look at cloud suppliers and assess the security your organisation is getting on the cloud. There are a number of ways to assess the security of a cloud service provider, ranging from inspecting their premises to asking if the provider has any third-party certification or accreditation to back up the service contract. We can help you identify what kind of cloud services you need, who your data controller will be and decide what level of information assurance your data receives and check where the data is stored helping your organisation avoid any catastrophic incidents of data loss, through our cloud security assessment solutions.
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