Security & Investigation
The client is a cybersecurity company that offers a comprehensive platform designed to detect, prevent, and respond to cyber threats in real time. The platform offers advanced threat detection and response capabilities, an intuitive dashboard, scalability, threat intelligence, easy integration, and excellent customer support.
The company faced major challenges with its existing architecture, such as lack of visibility and control, misconfiguration of cloud resources, and lack of scalability.
After considering many options, the company chose to migrate to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS provides a powerful and flexible development platform that can assist in the rapid development and deployment of applications while also providing cost savings, scalability, security, and reliability.
Client relied on one of its long-term technology partners, NIX, to execute the platform’s expansion and maintain Magento systems in the AWS infrastructure. As a result, the client could focus on providing security services and products while we covered the development and ensured a smooth delivery process.
Cloud security challenges refer to the potential security risks and threats that organizations face when migrating their data and applications to the cloud. The following are the major challenges the client faced:
Misconfiguration of cloud resources is a common cause of security incidents leading to exposure of sensitive data and systems to unauthorized access, making them vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
Compliance with regulatory requirements is essential for many organizations, and failure to comply can result in severe consequences. Cloud security challenges include ensuring that data is stored and processed in accordance with the relevant regulations, such as HIPAA and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).
Lack of visibility and control—the complexity of cloud environments may pose difficulties in obtaining a holistic understanding of the infrastructure, leading to a limited visibility that can impede the detection and effective response to security incidents.
Availability and resilience—cloud-based services are critical to business operations, and any disruption can cause significant damage to the organization. Ensuring the availability and stability of cloud services is a significant challenge requiring robust disaster recovery and business continuity planning.
The client’s platform is hosted on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) which provides a flexible and reliable computing environment that offers excellent performance for system maintenance, memory size, and I/O operations. If new projects are launched, it’s simple to increase the capacity of AWS virtual machines and efficiently replicate and reconfigure the complete Magento application environment.
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes are connected to virtual machines to achieve peak performance in real-time and can be adjusted promptly to optimize performance as needs change. To guarantee maximum resilience, the NIX team also utilized Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) to safeguard their data, storing backup copies in three separate locations simultaneously.
Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and OpenSearch are the primary search tools employed to cache and manage data. Furthermore, we used AWS CloudFormation to enable quick recovery of the environment in another availability zone if the infrastructure fails.
As for ensuring security of data and infrastructure, the NIX team used industry security best practices—IAM Identities for authentication, VPN, gray network layer organization for encrypted data, and AWS Network Firewall.
The client received a high-functioning AWS-based platform with a robust architecture that tackles the challenges highlighted, and the NIX team ensured a smooth delivery process and mitigated any risks related to migration. The platform now is easily scalable, features cost-effective infrastructure, and is backed up by robust security measures.
The Amazon S3 and related Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) approach allow the automatic removal of unnecessary backups. Moreover, the system can be pre-configured by adjusting performance to meet current demands.
Implementing robust access controls, encryption, and monitoring systems significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access to sensitive data, reducing the likelihood of data breaches and related expenses such as legal fees, customer compensation, and reputational harm.
Having a well-defined incident response plan and testing it on a regular basis improves incident response capabilities, reducing the impact of incidents and allowing organizations to respond quickly and effectively to any security breaches.
The stability of system operations is ensured even in the event of failures of individual infrastructure components. If a physical server fails, the virtual machine is automatically migrated to another server. If an entire availability zone experiences a failure, the system can be recreated in another availability zone using AWS services. This provides protection against potential downtime and data loss, allowing the system to continue operating smoothly and without interruption.
6 experts (Project Manager, Business Analyst, QA Engineer, 2 PHP Developers, DevOps)
AWS, Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, Amazon S3, Amazon RDS
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