Cloud security is not a one-size-fits all solution - each environment has different requirements, workflows, and processes that require customized security solutions to best accommodate security needs in a cost effective manner.
Making a server and its data available to the public can be done with a few clicks, and can easily be done by accident with insufficient access control rules to prevent misuse.
Cloud services by nature are far more accessible than traditional servers, this presents a number of challenges. This is a delicate balance between services benefiting from the availability and accessibility of the cloud, while maintaining a secure infrastructure.
This allows ROK to run each client environment in a silo giving your organization the control you need.
We reduce public exposure with a Web-Tier, Application-Tier, and Data-Tier approach, each configured with its own firewall. We implement multiple layers of protection between your authoritative data and the internet.
Modularity helps maintain agility and scalability as our clients' needs evolve. The connections between production, QA and dev environments, brokered by the management section, allow for a cost effective VDI solution without additional risk.
We monitor system health, security, systems patches, Esri patches, application updates, and antivirus from a centralized location. This level of proactivity allows us to take care of potential issues before they hinder performance or uptime.
ROK takes geo-redundant system backups multiple times a day to ensure minimal downtime and lost work in the event of a disaster. ROK tests disaster recovery processes annually.
VDI has been and will continue to be a buzzword in the technology landscape, but what exactly is VDI? If you’ve heard of it, does it make you think of The Wizard of OZ – something magical, mysterious and hidden behind the curtain? Does it make you think of a keyfob code that never seemed […]
As your organization grows or upgrades software, keeping on top of the IT infrastructure needed to allow for changes can be a huge job. When you’re running big software like ArcGIS for Desktop and are facing a change in IT infrastructure you’ll realize it’s time to make some decisions. Either you put together new workstations, […]
About MassDOT MassDOT constantly strives to support the economic, quality of life, and environmental goals of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. That’s why MassDOT engaged ROK Technologies to architect a cloud solution that would facilitate their mission of providing transportation infrastructure, which is safe, reliable, robust, and resilient. When they shared our problems with us, we […]
WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY:
ROK approaches this problem in a way that respects our client’s budget. Oftentimes these security certifications require costly annual audits, documentation, etc. To help our clients avoid paying for this process twice (once for their environment that exists already, and one for the ROK environment), ROK provides services where we are able to be on-boarded as contractors within your existing certified environment and are able to provide the same level of service you would expect with a ROK owned environment, except you only have to deal with a single auditing process.
This is an interesting problem, essentially the approach to take in this situation is to choose which data is the authority and leverage that data source over the other - in this situation if I knew good data was getting replaced with bad data by users, the first approach I would take is user access control - do users need to change this data to do their job? If not, they don't need access to change it. If they do need to change it, but mistakes get made, in that case I would create a workflow that compares the two data sources, and if the secondary source is different than the authoritative source, it overwrites the alternative source.
It is your data to do with as you need, but be able to answer the question “why?” Why would you want to maintain a workload on-premise when you can move it into the cloud? There, keeping the lights on is managed for you instead of having to maintain it yourself separately.
The cloud is generally more secure than most private data centers since Amazon and Microsoft can hire talented engineers and automate many of their practices. Cloud infrastructure providers also offer tools and architectural options to isolate workloads, encrypt data and detect potential threats.
The process to secure a cloud environment is different from more traditional data center practices, so cloud adoption requires a learning curve for IT teams. Unauthorized access to resources is the most common cloud security threat; many high-profile exposures of sensitive data resulted from misconfigurations.