Information Security Governance & Risk Management

Security has become a key strategic component for companies. Thus, it needs to be integrated into their organizational culture level, their business processes, as well as their Information System level. At Akson Consulting, Inc., we offer a wide variety of services, from information security governance and risk management point view, helping businesses and various organizations practice security in a holistic manner, providing them with a variety of services covering that very specific area.

Security Architecture & Design

Numerous security threats and gaps arise from a lack of a proper system architectural design, exposing organizations to serious and costly cyber-threats. As such, it is key to integrate security measures at the architectural level, in order to guarantee the company’s environments availability, integrity, and confidentiality. That is why it is important to deploy systems that take into account security requirements, starting from the design level. The next step is to ensure that those requirements are integrated, and properly reflected during the architectural phase. As a final point, it is crucial to ensure that the implementation or acquisition phase reflects those design and architectural requirements.

Network Security

Networks used to be constructed with boundaries. Conversely, with constant evolving technological development and the emergence of new means of communication and technologies, environments do not anymore have clear-cut boundaries. As technology grows in importance (Cloud computing, grid computing, etc.), all traditional network components gain more and more complexity. Hence, many security issues have aroused. Network security threat landscape is also ever evolving, leading to cyber-threats, and evading most traditional security perimeter defenses. Based on that, the paradigm used to secure networks is not anymore sufficient to protect your existing infrastructure. Fundamentally, new approaches need to be considered when organizations are securing their networks.

Cyber Security

Cybersecurity is the body of practices, processes and technologies designed and implemented to protect networks, computers, programs and data from cyberspace threats. The traditional security approach consists in concentrating all the efforts on most critical assets protection against known threats. Due to the ever evolving nature of the threat landscape, such paradigm puts companies in a reactive state, causing them to be in a continuous state of exposure. At Akson Consulting Inc., we believe that Cybersecurity requires inexorably two key characteristics: adaptive and proactive.

Secure SDLC (System/Software Development Life Cycle)

In order for security measures to be effective, it is important to address it at the source, which is at the software/system development level, then integrate it throughout the whole life cycle. Systems and software are usually built considering their functionality as the main criteria. In the past, the approach consisted in developing systems and software focusing on the functionalities they are supposed to offer, leading to organizations spending a lot of money implementing security controls at various levels, to cope with the vulnerabilities and weaknesses arising once those systems and software are deployed. With the rise of cyber-threats and the demand to develop secure software and systems, it is important to fit or integrate security into the core of a product and provide protection at the necessary levels.

Security Operations

Organizations must consider many threats when it comes to managing and operating their infrastructures. As such, it is important to ensure that proper standards and compliance requirements are met performing various processes. Operations Security is all about ensuring that people, applications, equipment, and the overall environment is properly protected. It involves maintaining and keeping up with implemented security solutions, tracking changes, maintaining systems, continually enforcing standards and following through with best security practices. It also deals with day-to-day operations necessary to ensure that people, applications and servers have the proper access privileges to the specific resources they are entitled to. Ultimately, most operational tasks are also related to monitoring, auditing and reporting controls.