Elcom Web Security Seminar Presentation

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Elcom Web Security Seminar Presentation

  1. 1. Secure Web Collaboration Angus McDonald Technical Director Elcom Technology
  2. 2. H INDSIGH T THOSE WERE THE DROIDS YOU WERE LOOKING FOR
  3. 3. Web 2.0 Apps = Security issues
  4. 4. Web 2.0 Apps = Collaboration
  5. 5. Collaboration examples <ul><li>Tender and deal making sites </li></ul><ul><li>Customer training </li></ul><ul><li>Customer service portals </li></ul><ul><li>Partner portals </li></ul><ul><li>Custom-built collaborative web apps </li></ul>
  6. 6. Business wants more collaboration
  7. 7. You could just say “Tough.”
  8. 8. But they’ll just use free web apps
  9. 9. And that isn’t safe!
  10. 10. Solutions?
  11. 11. Don’t hire net gen?
  12. 12. But grownups use Web 2.0 too!
  13. 13. Ban Facebook?
  14. 14. Tallest eruption EVER, on Jupiter’s moon Io 500 km
  15. 15. Best Strategy is to Mitigate the Risks 
  16. 16. Offer business a secure platform
  17. 17. Maintain control over Web 2.0
  18. 18. Give them power with safety
  19. 19. Maintain accountability
  20. 20. Increase collaboration
  21. 21. What Does a Secure Web 2.0 Platform Need?
  22. 22. Secure authentication and authorisation
  23. 23. Business control <ul><li>Branding </li></ul><ul><li>Users </li></ul><ul><li>Content creation </li></ul><ul><li>Content permissions </li></ul>
  24. 24. IT control <ul><li>Internal users already known (e.g. Active Directory) </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to run secure </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Auditable </li></ul>
  25. 25. Appropriate licensing <ul><li>Does it suit your needs? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>External vs Internal access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does cost vary with utility? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the expected ROI? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Collaborative tools A Wordle from the Wikipedia page on Collaboration Platform
  27. 27. Flexibility and extensibility
  28. 28. So, Do You Build, Rent or Buy?
  29. 29. Build <ul><li>E.g. Java, .NET </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of control </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of work </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of risk </li></ul><ul><li>Greater cost (even if you have developers) </li></ul>
  30. 31. Rent (SaaS) <ul><li>E.g. Salesforce.com, NetSuite </li></ul><ul><li>Less risk </li></ul><ul><li>Much less control </li></ul><ul><li>Costs spread out </li></ul><ul><li>Hostage to service provider </li></ul>
  31. 32. That sure looks like Angus McDonald!
  32. 33. Buy <ul><li>E.g. Community Manager.NET, SharePoint Portal Server </li></ul><ul><li>Greater control </li></ul><ul><li>Less risk </li></ul><ul><li>Less cost </li></ul><ul><li>Work on core benefits, not infrastructure </li></ul>
  33. 34. What about SharePoint?
  34. 35. SharePoint pros <ul><li>Good for internal use </li></ul><ul><li>Standard site structures </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office 2003/2007 integration </li></ul>
  35. 36. SharePoint cons <ul><li>External access (licensing costs) </li></ul><ul><li>Branding </li></ul><ul><li>Content publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Search speed </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced features significantly increase final cost </li></ul>
  36. 37. What about Community Manager.NET?
  37. 38. Highly brandable
  38. 40. External access does not change cost
  39. 42. It’s built to be secure
  40. 44. Is It Really Secure? <ul><li>Wine Selectors required PCI Compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Built to be secure (OWASP and PCI DSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Actively developed and improved </li></ul><ul><li>Simple to configure securely </li></ul><ul><li>Business user-proof </li></ul><ul><li>Built on .NET 3.5 and SQL Server 2005 </li></ul>
  41. 45. Hugely useful features out of the box
  42. 47. Some of the highlights <ul><li>Document management </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Online training </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Reader and publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Developer framework and API </li></ul>
  43. 48. Great built-in search
  44. 50. Community Manager.NET is a secure platform
  45. 52. In summary
  46. 53. If you need Web 2.0 apps <ul><li>Be aware of the security risks </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a mitigation strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Decide to Build, Rent or Buy </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to Elcom Technology </li></ul>
  47. 54. Thank you! Angus McDonald [email_address] http://falkayn.blogspot.com Some photos from flickr.com and sxc.hu, used with permission.
  48. 55. Photo sources <ul><li>http://flickr.com/photos/24973901@N04/2762458387/sizes/o/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://flickr.com/photos/gee01/871748560/sizes/l/in/set-72157600952832235/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://flickr.com/photos/hryckowian/2376600916/sizes/l/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcopako/2391747442/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumaxart/2137737248/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/2738452057/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://sxc.hu (various) </li></ul>
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