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Cyber Security

Prepare your enterprise to grow fearlessly in today's digitally transforming ecosystem and be future-ready against all unknown and known threats.

The Cyber Security Practice of Tata Advanced Systems Limited provides a wide spectrum of services and solutions across verticals to help businesses protect brand identity & intellectual property, curb cyber intrusions and secure sensitive data against growing cyber threats. A perfect blend of expertise and experience enables our cyber security team to support and manage all kinds of critical cyber security initiatives for a client. We follow a technology-agnostic approach and utilize advanced tools to proactively detect threats at every level in your organization with the right measure of intelligence.

Our Cyber Security Services

Cyber Secure

We assist you to develop a far-reaching roadmap securing your digital assets against modern-day cyber threats. We assess the effectiveness

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Cyber Intel

We help you identify vulnerabilities in the security infrastructure & transform your cyber defence from reactive to proactive and predictive.

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Cyber Assurance

We assess the effectiveness of your cyber security controls and provide you with a strategic plan to manage potential risks We assess the effectiveness

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Our Key Cyber Security Services

Providing next-gen services and solutions to build and manage cyber security functions for organizations of all sizes across a multitude of industries, including Aviation, BFSI, Manufacturing, etc. Our advanced and unrivalled cyber security services provide businesses with complete visibility and rapid detection of threats looking to expose vulnerabilities.





Martial – Cyber
Defense Center

As the frequency and complexity of cyber threats are escalating, there is a growing awareness among

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Cyber Threat &
Vulnerability Management

Our CTVM service helps organizations to determine, analyze and eliminate potential vulnerabilities

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Identity &
Access Management

An effective IAM solution helps organizations to standardize and even automate the process of managing

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Cloud
Security

Our advanced cloud security solutions provide unrivalled threat protection while accessing cloud-based systems, data

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IoT/OT
Security

We possess a well-defined structure to maintain the OT security and secure industrial networks from cyber-attacks without interrupting the normal

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Data
Security

Our comprehensive data security solutions help organizations to safeguard their business-critical data against unauthorized access

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Resources

Get valuable insights into all aspects of cyber security, evolving cyber threats, and security challenges.


Managing Cyber Risks in Energy Sector: A Key Challenge

A recent cyber-attack on the US popular fuel pipeline operator demonstrated that why cybersecurity professionals worldwide see ransomware as one of the biggest threats to public safety. This attack is a clear indication of how the frequency and complexity of cyber threats targeting critical infrastructures have amplified over the years. Earlier this year, anonymous hackers somehow got access to the Florida water treatment facility and altered the sodium hydroxide levels to an extremely hazardous level.

In short, these incidents showed that essential services providers are on the list of threat actors and more vulnerable than ever before. It would not be an overstatement if the growing digitization of such infrastructures is considered as one of the reasons behind the spike in cyber-attacks. Undoubtedly, modern digital elements have significantly optimized the effectiveness of energy systems. But, at the same time, the chances of cyber intrusions have increased manifold. Other reasons may include (but not limited to) legacy infrastructure and systems, nation-backed actors for cyber espionage, high returns for cybercriminals, etc. In a recent survey done by World Economic Forum, 49% of respondents reported that cybersecurity failures are one of the medium-term risks facing the world.

Security Practices to Keep Critical Energy Infrastructures More Secure

In order to mitigate potential risks and harness the full benefits of digitalization, organizations must work in accordance with the governments and redefine the security strategies of the critical infrastructures. New practices should be embedded to shape up the overall security.

Following are a few suggestions for critical organizations to ramp up their cybersecurity without hampering business productivity:

  • Build a strong cybersecurity governance model

Organizations must adopt a forward-looking approach, instead of following reactive measures, to ensure security. Establishing a robust cybersecurity governance model containing a comprehensive risk management approach, along with a complete set of management tools and a security awareness program, will assist organizations to address all of their cybersecurity needs. 

  • Increase the visibility of third-party risks (safeguard the supply chain)

Marginal flaws in third-party software or products may turn into critical vulnerabilities for your organization. Threat actors may target third-party vendors to penetrate your organization’s security infrastructure. Third-party risks may involve (but not limited to) operational risks, compliance risks, reputational risks, etc. Organizations must check and ensure that their supply chain vendors meet all necessary cybersecurity requirements. They should implement an effective defence plan that includes risk assessments and appropriate mitigations.

  • Test your response plans

Creating an incident response plan is key to mitigate the potential damage. But to check their effectiveness, organizations must conduct regular drills and exercises to look for security loopholes (if exists). Perform a detailed vulnerability scan to determine the potential systems likely to be targeted by the cybercriminals. Such practices help in identifying exactly what your critical weaknesses might be and what actions various personnel will need to take in the event of a breach.

  • Collaborate with other stakeholders in the industry

Industry-wide collaborations can help organizations to address the increasing cyber risks to a great extent. Sharing information regarding attackers and their tactics can reduce the potential risks and help other companies to prepare in advance to thwart them. Conveying data also builds trust among organizations, and sustaining such practices foster confidence in optimizing cybersecurity.

  • Educate Workforce

Companies must educate employees about the most common methods through which different malware, trojans or viruses are delivered. They must conduct security awareness programs, wherein the workforce should be made aware of the common phishing attacks and the steps to look and inspect anything that appears suspicious. Employees must be trained to counter any adverse situation to avoid any data breach or other malicious intrusion.

Towards The End

The cyber threat landscape for power generation companies has been rapidly evolving and expanding with more frequent cyber-attacks leveraging complex and sophisticated malware and other tools. One of the most challenging vulnerabilities to address is the supply chain risk. Organizations must prepare themselves in advance to address the ongoing wave of attacks. They should remain mindful of what is happening in cyber security and persist to work in order to reduce the potential vulnerabilities in their critical systems.

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Morphing State of Cyber Security in APAC

The global cyber security climate is changing rapidly and dramatically as the digital interconnectedness amongst individuals and businesses continues to expand. And, the Asia-Pacific region is no different to get excluded from this shift.

Challenges like low cyber security investment, shortage of skills, and lack of security awareness are some of the contributing factors to the increased cyber intrusions targeting startups to popular business entities and critical infrastructures. According to recent research, over 80% of APAC organisations suffered a cyber attack in 2020. Ransomware, Clickjacking, Man-in-the-middle, Phishing, Social Engineering and Botnets are witnessed as some of the key threats to the organizations in APAC.

This diverse region greatly varies in terms of cyber security obligations and readiness. In the last few years, it is seen that organizations and governments have started speeding up their efforts in combating escalating cyber threats.

Let’s have a quick look at how the whole picture is evolving in some regions of APAC.

Emphasis on Cyber Regulations

India

As a result of the growing demands for regulatory developments in the ever-evolving cyber space, India is preparing to manage and drive the privacy and security of users’ personal data with its Personal Data Protection Bill (or PDP Bill) that is presently under review. This new bill is expected to establish regulations and principles around how personal information should be managed, and create an independent Data Protection Authority of India.

Furthermore, the bill is also likely to propose some changes like the provision of consent at the time of requesting for data and consumer rights to revoke the same consent; and penalties in case of violation of the applicable laws.

Japan

In view of the increased regulatory oversight into data protection, Japan has made tremendous efforts to improve general privacy compliance and cyber security. It has drafted a revised version of the previous Act of the Protection of Personal Information (APPI), which introduces compulsory Breach Notification in the event of a data breach, and is likely to impose compliance requirements (e.g. users’ consent) to organizations while gathering customers’ personal information.

Also, the revisions have proposed to elevate the maximum fine to JPY 100 million in case any entity fails to comply with the applicable law.

Singapore

To stay on top of the increasing cyber threats and prevent the unauthorized disclosure of personal information, the Singapore government has enforced an effective Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC). However, there are still some amendments that are pending, which upon approval will impose the following:

  • Minimum fine of SGD 1 million or 10% of turnover if any entity fails to comply with the applicable law
  • Obligations to report PDPC (within 3 days) and individuals affected in case of any security event
  • Must conduct an assessment of any suspected data breached

Australia

In 2020 some changes were proposed to the Australian Privacy Act, including increased fines for breaches of the privacy act, extension of personal information (e.g. location data, IP addresses and device identifiers), changes in the consent notification (needs to be more concise, easily accessible and available in plain English), providing users with the right to bring actions against organizations (subjected to the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)) due to interference with their privacy, etc.

Greater China

The government has introduced an updated version of the previous Multi-level Protection Scheme (MLPS 1.0). This new version, MLPS 2.0, covers all organizations (including critical infrastructures) that operate a network wherein processing of data is involved. It defines 5 main levels of minimum security requirements based on the sensitivity of the industry and the type of information that the enterprise deals with. Each level calls for separate assessment requirement. Level 1 entities will only require a self-assessment, while all above Level 1 will need a third-party assessor.

Additionally, the financial penalties imposed can be RMB 1 million (maximum) in circumstances where highly sensitive data is breached. Also, this version will be applicable to all companies operating within Mainland China.

Cyber Security Market Growth in APAC Region

According to a recent survey from Mordor Intelligence, the APAC cybersecurity market was valued at USD 30.45 billion in 2019, and it is expected to register a CAGR of 18.3%, from 2020 to 2025. The contributing factors include:

  • Increasing penetration of the internet into developing and developed countries
  • Growing wireless network for mobile devices
  • Increasing trend of malware and ransomware in the context of COVID-19

Towards The End

Businesses of all sizes worldwide must understand that they cannot ignore the threat of cyberattacks in this increasingly digital age. They should plan strategically in advance to surf against this rising tide of threats and start exploring and adopting more sophisticated cyber security solutions, imposing better security controls for personal devices and setting up communication policies in the event of a security breach.

 

 

 

References:

https://www.welivesecurity.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/State-of-cybersecurity-in-APAC_Small-Businesses-Big-Threats.pdf

https://www.munichre.com/topics-online/en/digitalisation/cyber/evolving-cyber-regulations-in-asia-pacific.html

https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/asia-pacific-cyber-security-market

https://securitybrief.co.nz/story/more-than-80-of-apac-organisations-suffered-a-cyber-attack-in-2020-study

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5 Ways to Keep Your Organization Safe from Data Breaches

5 Ways to Keep Your Organization Safe from Data Breaches

Data breaches have become so frequent now that it easily gets lost in our daily feed.  Almost every single day, we are witnessing a plethora of data being exposed and published over darknet forums. Nearly 36 billion records were exposed in the first half of the year 2020 (Source: RiskBased). The consequences of such incidents are way beyond financial losses, damaging the brand’s reputation and consumers’ trust. high-profile data breaches, in recent times, have made organizations take a stand and put data security on top priority.

In this insightful information array, we will look at five effective ways on how to prevent data breaches.

  • Vulnerability Management

Companies can mitigate the chances of a successful data breach by employing/outsourcing dedicated experts and tools for vulnerability management. Continuous monitoring of IT assets and security measures help in identifying vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, and fixing gaps before they are exploited by cybercriminals.

 

  • Regular Audits of Security Posture

As compared to vulnerability assessment & penetration testing, Security Audits thoroughly assess and validate the entire security policies of an organization by determining potential new gaps in compliance or governance.

Security audits may end up in common questions, like:

    • Does your organization have documented information security policies?
    • Do you have an incident response plan ready in case of security breaches?
    • Do you have network security mechanisms in place (next-gen firewalls, IDS/IPS, EPP, etc.)?
    • Do you have a security and log monitoring setup?
    • Are there encryption and password policies?
    • Are applications tested for security flaws?

 

  • File Usage & Access Policies

Illegal redistribution and imitation of sensitive corporate information are some of the major factors behind data breaches. It is important to understand that not every employee needs unrestricted access to your network, resources, and other critical assets. Enterprises must define file usage and access policies (can be done through Digital Rights Management solution) to get real-time visibility of data at rest, in transit and at work; limit access to critical data and restrict actions that can be performed by a specific user.

 

  • Multi-factor Authentication

Since threat actors have become more complex and advanced, businesses need to strengthen security by combining additional mechanisms with traditional methods. Passwords are no longer enough to keep accounts secure as hackers can sneak in using methods like phishing, brute force, dictionary attacks, etc.

One of the best ways to keep intruders away is Multi-factor Authentication. It complements existing security methods with additional features where logging in to a system or application requires entering a code, which is sent to your registered mobile number in the form of text. The best part is that the user will not be able to access the requested resource until the confirmation code is entered.

 

  • Training to Employees

More than 90% of cyber attacks or breaches originate from Humans as they are the first line of defence. Hence, it is imperative for organizations to help them understand the basics of how to remain cautious while working and dealing with corporate data. Enterprises can consider training on the following:

    • Usage of various, unique passwords on different systems and devices used for work purposes
    • Implement a documented system for departing employees, vendors and contractors for passwords, key cards, laptop access, etc.
    • Importance of reporting suspicious data security leakage or data security breaches
    • Create a policy that describes how employees should handle, dispose of, retrieve, and send data

Towards The End

Threat actors may evolve and become more complex over time, but basics will remain the same for enterprises to be secure. Following proactive measures and implementing suggested controls can help organizations to prevent data breaches, as well as to safeguard the integrity of their sensitive resources to a great extent.

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Cyber Secure

We assist you to develop a far-reaching roadmap securing your digital assets against modern-day cyber threats.

  • Vulnerability Management, Penetration Testing, Web & Mobile Application Testing, Social Engineering Attacks, Red/Blue/Purple Teaming Exercises
  • Infrastructure Security Protection: On-Prem & Cloud (Endpoint, Network, Web, Messaging, Application)
  • Advisory and Consulting: Identity and Access Management, Privileged Access Management, Access Governance, Data Protection Program, Zero Trust Security Architecture, IoT & OT Security, Multifactor & Risk-based Authentication
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Cyber Intel

We help you identify vulnerabilities in the security infrastructure & transform your cyber defence from reactive to proactive and predictive.

  • Next-Gen 24/7 Managed Security Services
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • CSOC Technology, CSOC Design & Build
  • CSOC Governance
  • Attack Surface Analysis
  • Fraud and Risk Intelligence Services
  • Deception
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Cyber Assurance

We assess the effectiveness of your cyber security controls and provide you with a strategic plan to manage potential risks and meet regulatory compliance.

  • Cyber Security Strategy
  • Cyber Risk Maturity Assessment
  • Cyber Security Metrics
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Education Training and Awareness
  • Cyber Range
  • DMARC Consulting, Monitoring & Analytics
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As the frequency and complexity of cyber threats are escalating, there is a growing awareness among organizations that they require a proactive and effective approach to combat cyber intrusions. Our Cyber Defence Center, termed as “Martial?, brings together industry-leading cyber security solutions, advanced technology and experienced cyber security professionals who actively work 24*7*365 to assist businesses prevent, detect and respond to security threats in real-time.

Our Martial incorporates a wide spectrum of services including:

  • Vulnerability Management
  • Brand Protection
  • Dark Web Monitoring
  • Deception Technology
  • Digital Forensics
  • Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS)
  • Threat Hunting
  • Threat Advisory
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An effective IAM solution helps organizations to standardize and even automate the process of managing and monitoring digital identities. It is one of our mainspring cybersecurity services that ensures one digital identity per individual. We offer a comprehensive and easy-to-implement IAM solution that helps organizations to secure and control users' access to critical data and resources

Key features of our unique IAM solution include:

  • Complete control of the identity lifecycle including creation, modification and removal of user identities
  • Discover and manage privileged accounts
  • Utilizes real-time intelligence to determine a user's risk score before granting access
  • Secure SSO to any app
  • Compliance with standards like HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS, etc.
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Our CTVM service helps organizations to determine, analyze and eliminate potential vulnerabilities in their security infrastructure.We follow an exclusive approach to identify potential attack vectors and provide solutions to reduce the probability of a cyber-attack.

Our CTVM Services include:

  • Vulnerability Management & Penetration Testing
    • IT Infrastructure & Network Security
      • Server/infrastructure security assessment
      • Network Architecture Review
      • Network device configuration Review
    • Application Security Testing
      • Web application security
      • Mobile application security
      • API security
      • Source code analysis
    • Patch Management
  • Offensive/Defensive Exercises
    • Red Teaming
    • Blue Teaming
    • Purple Teaming
  • Digital Forensics
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence
    • Curated Threat Intelligence
    • Capture the flag challenges
  • IoT & OT Security
  • Cloud Security
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Our advanced cloud security solutions provide unrivalled threat protection while accessing cloud-based systems, data and applications from anywhere, anytime. We also help clients to securely manage the cloud environment by working effectively with them.

Our cloud security portfolio comprises a myriad of services including:

  • Insecure API Communication Testing
  • Data Breach Prevention
  • User Input Validation
  • Security Misconfiguration Checks
  • Account Hijacking/Takeovers Test and Mitigation
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We possess a well-defined structure to maintain the OT security and secure industrial networks from cyber-attacks without interrupting the normal operations and failing to maintain compliance. Our effective OT strategy provides complete visibility of the operational environment and significantly detects abnormal behaviours, unauthorized traffic and other similar indicators of compromise on industrial systems.

We provide a multitude of OT security services including:

  • Identify Risks like Unencrypted Communications
  • Provide Visibility into the OT And IT Infrastructure
  • Detect Unknown Threats like Rogue Devices, Anomalous Activity, etc.
  • Real-Time Operational Visibility with Full Unidirectional Security
  • Provide Visibility into the OT Network
  • IT/OT Touchpoints
  • Detect Known Threats and Identify ICS & IT Vulnerabilities
  • Provide Operational Risks by Policy Creation, Identifying Deviations, etc.
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Our comprehensive data security solutions help organizations to safeguard their business-critical data against unauthorized access, sophisticated cyberattacks and from being misused. We assist businesses to proactively discover and analyse data-related risks and prepare accordingly. Our services ensure legitimate utilization of confidential and sensitive information throughout the lifecycle.

We provide the following services to our clients:

  • Data Privacy
    • Data Privacy Policy
    • Data Privacy Solutions
  • Data Prevention
    • Data Security Policy
    • Data Classification
    • DRM | IRM
    • DLP
  • Data Encryption
    • Application Encryption
    • File Encryption
    • Tokenization & Data Masking
    • Data in Motion Encryption
    • Data at Rest Encryption
    • Secure File Sharing