Cloud Security – The Next Big Thing? Fortify Readiness Scorecard


With the paradigm shifting, especially for high traffic or high availability web applications, towards cloud computing – will Cloud Security become the next big thing?

We’ve already seen how you can use a cloud platform like Amazon EC2 for password cracking. So with a lot of companies moving to 3rd party cloud platforms, I’m sure security and data privacy is a concern.

Fortify are addressing this with a free add-on for their existing Fortify 360 product.

Fortify Software has come up with a way for companies interested in moving their applications to a cloud provider can analyse it line by line for security-worthiness in the new environment.

The Readiness Scorecard is effectively a free add-on for the company’s software assurance products, Fortify 360, and the online Fortify on Demand assurance service, able to give companies a vulnerability rating for software as if it was running in a cloud environment. Aren’t code vulnerabilities the same whether they are in the cloud or inside a corporate network?

According to Fortify chief scientist and founder, Brian Chess, the cloud questions coding assumptions that would have been reasonable when an application was originally written. Applications can communicate with one another using insecure protocols, while assumed infrastructure such as DNS servers will in the cloud model be shared and beyond the oversight of the IT department.

I would expect the same, if an application is inherently secure and well programmed with sanitized inputs etc, it should be secure on a regular host and on a cloud computing platform. But then there are inherent risks with a cloud platform such as the way in which the nodes communicate with each other and as mentioned – how DNS is handled.

It’s good practice though to make sure an application assumes less trust when on a cloud platform, make sure all communications are encrypted securely (for example between the front-end and the database) and any data written to the file system is also done securely with correct permissions.

In short, software has to assume less trust and the vulnerability of data must be pinpointed precisely. “When you move to the cloud, your risk profile changes,” said Chess.

The point of the Readiness Scorecard is to give in-house teams a list of both minor and major fixes needed before a given application can be run in the cloud in a way that minimises such risk, he said.

“Like immunising themselves against infection, cloud providers can use Fortify 360 or Fortify on Demand to ensure that bad code introduced by one or more customers doesn’t contaminate their cloud offering,” said Chess.

Current Fortify customers would get access to the Scorecard free of cost from later this quarter while new users would have the feature bundled with subscriptions.

Anyway, if you’re considering moving something to a cloud platform – you could use this tool from Fortify..or not. Just be aware that the risk profile for your application is changing and that you should take precautions to ensure you remain secure.

It’s also important for cloud providers themselves to make sure their platform is configured securely to increase customer security and integrity. As it’s a fairly new model I’d say we still have some way to go with this, it’s definitely the way forward for hosting sites prone to large spikes though.

Source: Network World

Posted in: Networking Hacking, Web Hacking

, ,


Latest Posts:


dSploit APK Download - Hacking & Security Toolkit For Android dSploit APK Download – Hacking & Security Toolkit For Android
dSploit APK Download is a Hacking & Security Toolkit For Android which can conduct network analysis and penetration testing activities.
Scallion - GPU Based Onion Hash Generator Scallion – GPU Based Onion Hash Generator
Scallion is a GPU-driven Onion Hash Generator written in C#, it lets you create vanity GPG keys and .onion addresses (for Tor's hidden services).
WiFi-Dumper - Dump WiFi Profiles and Cleartext Passwords WiFi-Dumper – Dump WiFi Profiles and Cleartext Passwords
WiFi-Dumper is an open-source Python-based tool to dump WiFi profiles and cleartext passwords of the connected access points on a Windows machine.
truffleHog - Search Git for High Entropy Strings with Commit History truffleHog – Search Git for High Entropy Strings with Commit History
truffleHog is a Python-based tool to search Git for high entropy strings, digging deep into commit history and branches. This is effective at finding secrets accidentally committed.
AIEngine - AI-driven Network Intrusion Detection System AIEngine – AI-driven Network Intrusion Detection System
AIEngine is a next-generation interactive/programmable Python/Ruby/Java/Lua and Go AI-driven Network Intrusion Detection System engine with many capabilities.
Sooty - SOC Analyst All-In-One CLI Tool Sooty – SOC Analyst All-In-One CLI Tool
Sooty is a tool developed with the task of aiding a SOC analyst to automate parts of their workflow and speed up their process.


Comments are closed.