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security

IT Simplified: Vulnerability Assessment & Testing.

Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing is a security testing method  that examines an application, network, endpoint, or cloud for flaws  A VAPT audit is designed to test the overall security of a system by performing an in-depth security analysis of its various elements.Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing serve different purpose but they are typically used together to generate a comprehensive security analysis.

The goal of a VAPT audit is to identify the overall vulnerabilities present in the software, which hackers can exploit. VAPT security audit is carried out through a systematic process involving various tools, techniques, and methodologies.

What is the purpose and benefits of VAPT?

Because hackers’ tools, strategies, and processes for breaching networks are constantly improving, it’s critical to assess the organization’s cyber security frequently.VAPT assists in the security of your organization by offering insight into security flaws as well as advice on how to remedy them. For organizations wishing to comply with standards such as the GDPR, ISO 27001, and PCI DSS, VAPT is becoming increasingly crucial.There are many benefits to conducting regular VAPT audits, including:

– Identifying and fixing security vulnerabilities before they can be exploited

– reducing the risk of data breaches and other cyber security incidents

– improving compliance with industry regulations such as PCI DSS

– demonstrating to customers and partners that your organisation takes security seriously

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Storage

IT Simplified: Data Archival

Data archiving is the process of moving data that is no longer actively used to a separate storage device for long-term retention. Archive data consists of older data that remains important to the organization or must be retained for future reference or regulatory compliance reasons. Data archival systems indexation and have search capabilities, so files can be located and retrieved.

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cloud computing Storage

IT Simplified: Virtualisation

Computing virtualization or virtualisation is the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something at the same abstraction level, including virtual computer hardware platforms, storage devices, and computer network resources. In more practical terms, imagine you have 3 physical servers with individual dedicated purposes. One is a mail server, another is a web server, and the last one runs internal legacy applications. Each server is being used at about 30% capacity—just a fraction of their running potential. But since the legacy apps remain important to your internal operations, you have to keep them and the third server that hosts them, right?

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security

IT Simplified: IT Compliance

IT compliance refers to businesses meeting all legal requirements, standards and regulations for the all the technology their company uses. Achieving these standards means following all industry regulations, government policies, security frameworks and customer terms of agreement to ensure the security and appropriate usage of software in business. In addition to protecting the security of businesses and customers, compliance standards promote the availability and reliability of services, and it ensures businesses use technology as per the industry standard  

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security

IT Simplified: Zero Trust

Zero Trust is a security framework requiring all users, whether in or outside the organization’s network, to be authenticated, authorized, and continuously validated for security configuration and posture before being granted or keeping access to applications and data. 

Execution of this framework combines advanced technologies such as risk based multi-factor authentication, identity protection, next-generation endpoint security, and robust cloud workload technology to verify a user or systems identity, consideration of access at that moment in time,  and the maintenance of system security. Zero Trust also requires consideration of encryption of data, securing email, and verifying the hygiene of assets and endpoints before they connect to applications.

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security

IT Simplified: ISO 27001

What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is the international standard that describes best practices for an Information Security Management Systems(ISMS). It’s based on a set of controls and measures, which organizations can use to achieve information security. 

The ISO 27001 standard requires that you have procedures in place to cover aspects of the ISMS, including:

Information security risk management (What are the risks you face and how do you treat those risks?)

Monitoring, measurement, analysis, and evaluation (How is the effectiveness of the information security management system evaluated?)

Improvement (How are nonconformities evaluated and corrected?)

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security

IT Simplified: IPsec

What is IPsec?

IPsec is a group of protocols that are used together to set up encrypted connections between devices. It helps keep data sent over public networks secure. IPsec is often used to set up VPNs, and it works by encrypting IP packets, along with authenticating the source where the packets come from.

Within the term “IPsec,” “IP” stands for “Internet Protocol” and “sec” for “secure.” The Internet Protocol is the main routing protocol used on the Internet; it designates where data will go using IP addresses. IPsec is secure because it adds encryption* and authentication to this process.

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artificial intelligence computing

IT Lifecycle Management

IT lifecycle management is a holistic approach to managing the entire useful life of IT assets from acquisition, installation, maintenance, and eventual decommissioning and replacement. It allows for planning, examining your business needs, budget, and timing to acquire, use and phase out various technologies strategically. 

Some assets to consider in your IT lifecycle management plan:

  • Desktop PCs
  • Mobile devices
  • Servers
  • Routers, switches, and other network hardware
  • Operating systems
  • Business-critical applications
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artificial intelligence

IT Simplified: Bots

Bots are software programs that perform automated, repetitive, pre-defined tasks.  These tasks can include almost any interaction with software that has an API.These tasks can range from making dinner reservations, to getting an update on a support request, to checking competitors’ prices on their websites.

Organizations or individuals who use bots can also use bot management software, which helps manage bots and protect against malicious bots. Bot managers may also be included as part of a web app security platform. A bot manager can allow the use of some bots and block the use of others that might cause harm to a system. To do this, a bot manager classifies any incoming requests by humans and good bots, as well as known malicious and unknown bots. Any suspect bot traffic is then directed away from a site by the bot manager. Some basic bot management feature sets include IP rate limiting and CAPTCHAs. IP rate limiting restricts the number of same address requests, while CAPTCHAs provide challenges that help differentiate bots from humans.

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security

IT Simplified: Virtual Private Networks

VPNs or Virtual private networks are essential additions to organizational networks that allow companies of any size to easily and safely access their resources, whether they’re hosted locally or in the cloud. The primary purpose of an enterprise VPN is to fortify these sensitive assets and resources – which might include internal customer and sales systems, SaaS applications, and local file storage for employees who are now accessing them from many different devices and on unfamiliar (and potentially unsafe) Wi-Fi connections.