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PROACTIVE CONSULTING & RESPONSES

Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing

Shield IT converges internal and external cyber defence capabilities into outcomes-based , cloud-native platforms. 
Our approach revolves around three pillars

  •  technology
  •  telemetry 
  •  talent , that deliver rock-solid cyber defence capabilities. 

We work with clients on retainer basis that ensure rapid pre-negotiated pricing, and reduced response time during an incident

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Red Team Testing

Shield IT conducts collaborative threat detection and management tests , in which we pit our analysts (red team) against your Security Operations personnel (blue team) – usually unaware of the red team's intent to test company's ability to detect, respond, and mitigate advanced threats. 

We run this adversarial-based attack simulation against people, software, hardware and facilities simultaneously. And unlike a standard penetration test that assesses overall security posture, a red team exercise focuses on the absolute security of your company's "crown jewels" – the information you deem as invaluable. 

This test returns impressive insights into the security posture of your diverse assets and enables you to take steps to rectify vulnerabilities proactively. 

Red Teaming Chart 

Shield IT conducts its red team tests by highly trained security consultants to: 

  • Identify physical, hardware, software, and human vulnerabilities 

  • Obtain a more realistic understanding of risk for your organisation 

  • Help address and fix all identified security weaknesses 

If your organisation has a mature security program and seeks to squash potential vulnerabilities beyond your technology architecture, red teaming is a great proactive step. 

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Threat Hunting Assessment

Cyber threat hunting is a proactive security search through networks, endpoints, and datasets to hunt malicious, suspicious, or risky activities that evade detection by existing tools.  

Unlike a traditional threat hunting process based on manual scrutiny of data, Shield IT conducts enhanced hunting exercises that factor in automation, machine learning, and user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) technology to alert internal security teams of potential risks. 

Once actual or potential risk is identified, and frequency of a hunt is determined, we initiate an investigation. Examples of cyber threat hunting investigations include: 

  • Hypothesis-driven Investigations: When significant information of a new, imminent threat vector is discovered, cyber threat hunting delves deeper into network or system logs to find hidden anomalies or trends that could signal a new threat. 

  • Analytics-driven investigations: Searches based on information gathered from Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools . 

  • Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) Investigations: Hunting for attack mannerisms employing the same operational tactics, whereby we can source or attribute the threat and leverage existing remediation methods. 

 

Shield IT's Maturity Model 

 

Shield IT helps clients build or develop threat hunting maturity models is defined by the quantity and quality of data the organisation collects from its IT environment.  

 

The SANS Institute identifies a threat hunting maturity model as follows: 

 

  • Initial: At Level 0 maturity an organisation relies primarily on automated reporting and does little or no routine data collection. 

  • Minimal: At Level 1 maturity an organisation incorporates threat intelligence indicator searches. It has a moderate or high level of routine data collection. 

  • Procedural: At Level 2 maturity an organisation follows analysis procedures created by others. It has a high or extremely high level of routine data collection. 

  • Innovative: At Level 3 maturity an organisation creates new data analysis procedures. It has a high or extremely high level of routine data collection. 

  • Leading: At Level 4 maturity, an organisation automates the majority of successful data analysis procedures. It has a high to extremely high level of routine data collection). 

Shield IT works with clients to scale up hunting maturity no matter where they stand on the SANS ladder. 

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Application Security Tests

Application security testing (AST) is the process of making applications more resistant to security threats, by identifying security weaknesses and vulnerabilities in source code. 

AST started as a manual process. Then owing to a growing modularity of enterprise software, the huge number of open-source components, and the large number of known vulnerabilities and threat vectors, AST must be automated.  

 

At Shield IT, we enable our clients to use a combination of application security tools to ensure optimal protection. We offer several modes of software testing that include static, dynamic and interactive application testing along the development process. 

 

 

 

 

Static Application Security Testing (SAST) 

SAST tools use a white box testing  approach, in which testers inspect the inner workings of an application. SAST inspects static source code and reports on security weaknesses. 

At Shield IT, we apply static testing tools to non-compiled code to find issues like syntax errors, math errors, input validation issues, invalid or  insecure references . They can also run on compiled code using binary and byte-code analysers. 

Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) 

DAST tools take a  black box testing  approach. They execute code and inspect it in runtime, detecting issues that may represent security vulnerabilities . This can include issues with query strings, requests and responses, the use of scripts, memory leakage, cookie and session handling, authentication, execution of third-party components, data injection, and DOM injection. 

We advise our clients to use DAST tools to conduct large-scale scans simulating a large number of unexpected or  malicious test cases and reporting on applications response. 

Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST) 

IAST tools are the evolution of SAST and DAST altogether— combining two approaches to detect a wider range of vulnerabilities. IAST tools run dynamically and inspect software during runtime; while running from within the application server, allowing them to inspect compiled source code too. 

Shield IT recommends IAST tools to discover the root cause of vulnerabilities and the specific lines of code affected, ahead of remediation action. Using IAST, we analyse source code, data flow, configuration and third-party libraries. 

Mobile Application Security Testing (MAST) 

MAST tools combine static analysis, dynamic analysis and investigation of forensic data generated by mobile applications. They test for security vulnerabilities like SAST,DAST and IAST , while addressing mobile-specific issues like jailbreaking, malicious WIFI networks, and data leakage from mobile devices. 

Software Composition Analysis (SCA) 

SCA tools help organisations conduct an inventory of third-party commercial and open-source components used within their software. Enterprise applications use thousands of third-party components, which may contain vulnerabilities.  

Shield IT advises clients to apply SCA to understand which components and versions are being used, identify the most severe vulnerabilities affecting components, and find an easy way for remediation. 

Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) 

RASP tools evolved from SAST, DAST and IAST; and is administered to analyse application traffic and user behavior at runtime  and detect and prevent cyber threats . 

RASP provides visibility into application source code and analyses weaknesses and vulnerabilities. It goes a step further identifying whether weaknesses have been exploited, while providing active protection by terminating the session or issuing an alert. 

Shield IT uses RASP tools to integrate with applications and analyse traffic at runtime and prevent attacks. 

Reach out to us to discuss your app testing requirements. 

 

 

Infrastructure Services

SECURE YOUR OPERATIONS WITH BATTLE TESTED SECURITY SOLUTIONS  

Shield IT works with governments and the private sector to assist them in improving critical infrastructure and developing a cybersecurity program with organisational awareness and processes to manage risks to systems, assets, data, controls, and capabilities within their information technology and operational technology systems.  

We help our clients analyse their readiness for potential security breaches, and take actions to reduce risk probability to zero. 

SECURING INFRASTRUCTURE 

The attacks on critical infrastructure are a growing concern worldwide and in the GCC specifically. For critical infrastructure, a cyberattack could mean loss of life or strategic assets, not just recoverable marginal loss.  

Shield IT helps organisations focus on improving cyber security hygiene for critical infrastructure, including streamlining incident response and risk mitigation to strengthen security awareness and communications. 

Shield IT has experts in security consulting, incident response, data breach incident management, forensics and electronic discovery who support or supplement your team, and double on your efforts of transforming security culture and critical infrastructure protection. 

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Transformation Services

When it comes to formulating and executing cyber security plans, Shield IT can be your trusted partner. Our cyber security expertise is unrivalled, both for short-term strategy engagements and for long-term undertakings. 

Nurturing the digital mindset 

We nurture a cyber security digital mindset in your teams and empower them to depart from a legacy security architecture to adaptive, future-proof technology solutions that fully support their digital ambitions and transformations mandates. 

Virtual CISO (vCISO)

 

Shield IT provides hands-on, full-support 'Security As a Service' for organisations that require access to experienced cybersecurity, governance, risk and compliance professionals, while being unable to hire them internally. 

Why hire a Virtual CISO or vCISO? 

The cybersecurity industry across MENA region is riddled with shortage in skilled personnel, making it difficult to hire effective cybersecurity staff and CISOs. This problem is amplified for start-ups and small-to-medium businesses given the lack of investment to hire the right people.  

Shield IT's Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) service bridges this gap, as we provide advisors with cross-industry experience to meet every distinct need. 

Advantages of hiring a Shield IT Virtual CISO include:  

Minimum investment for top talent 

Skills shortage make it expensive to hire and retain top professionals. 

 

Smooth implementation  

Complex advice by external consultancies usually requires capable internal resources to implement and measure. 

 

 

 

Cross-disciplinary knowledge at hand  

Overcoming the dearth of personnel with cross-sectoral experience. 

 

No administration burdens 

Addressing inflexible billing tactics and complicated procedures that aim to stretch length of contracts. 

 

Shield IT's Virtual CISO services span the following domains: 

 

CERTIFICATIONS 

DATA SECURITY 

GOVERNANCE AND COMPLIANCE 

RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT 

ASSET MANAGEMENT 

INCIDENT RESPONSE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT 

CYBER RESILIENCE AND STRATEGY 

OPERATIONAL SECURITY 

AUDITS AND ASSESSMENTS 

CLOUD SECURITY AND CYBER RISK ADVISORY 

 

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