New Cloud Server Security Suite Launched

Zürich, Friday 17 September 2010 CloudSigma AG, a leading European provider of cloud servers, is pleased to announce the launch of the cloud security suite in conjunction with its cloud computing platform. Designed to work in conjunction with its existing innovative web console interface, the new security suite offers enterprise level security options for public cloud servers.

Patrick Baillie, CEO commented ‘This latest announcement brings our cloud into the lead in terms of user controlled security options in the public cloud arena. Features such as two-stage authentication, IP white lists and more mean adding a public cloud to your infrastructure doesn’t mean taking a step down in terms of security.’

By adopting best practices from other areas of the IT industry (such as banking), CloudSigma is leading the way in delivering public cloud servers that meet or exceed the level of security offered by traditional dedicated server hosting.

Control Access to your Cloud Servers

A growing number of CloudSigma’s customers come from the enterprise space. Enterprise customers are looking for solutions that offers secure access from within their corporate environment. Unfortunately traditional VNC access is often not possible due to restrictions on software installation and/or firewall rules within an enterprise environment. The in-browser VNC solution allows enterprises to access their cloud servers securely over the HTTPS port without having to modify their firewall settings or potentially compromise the security of their in-house desktop machines by allowing installation of third party software.

  • enable/disable FTP gateway functionality
  • control web console inactivity timeout periods
  • allow two stage login authentication using SMS

In this way customers can dial in the level of restriction they wish to achieve with their web console access. The two stage authentication combines the usual initial username/password combination with a second stage SMS code verification step. This system is similar to the latest generation systems employed by banks to secure retail access to their online banking. All failed attempts are logged and the account owner is alerted instantly informing customers when a password has become compromised as well as providing a comprehensive audit trail.

Customised API Access

API access represents a double-edged sword for those looking to use public Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds. On the one hand it allows full automation of cloud infrastructure allowing automatic scaling, load balancing and more. At the same time however such powerful tools represent a significant threat to a company’s infrastructure if not secured correctly. Detailed access control to the API is an essential part of maintaining the integrity of a company’s infrastructure. The following new settings allow customers to secure and limit access:

  • switch off API access completely
  • create an IP white list for API access
  • allow http/https or only https API access
  • choose between plain or digest authentication
  • choose between username/password or UUID/API key authentication

These critical settings allow customers to tightly control the access and authentication to the API. The combination of secured web console access and secured API access present a robust answer to the concerns that have been raised with regards to securing infrastructure in a public cloud environment.

Hybrid Cloud Ready

Increasingly companies are using a combination of existing infrastructure with public clouds to benefit from the advantages of both models. A critical part of integrating a public cloud with existing corporate infrastructure is the ability to secure and control API and web console access.

Patrick Baillie, CEO continued ‘We are seeing more and more demand from our customers for very fine grain security controls and audit trails from their cloud computing. New features such as our API white list and improved authentication options allow companies to bolt-on our public cloud to their existing infrastructure. Our customers are deploying VPNs then carefully restricting access to cloud infrastructure management tools using this security suite.’

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About CloudSigma AG

CloudSigma AG, based in Zürich, Switzerland provides a pure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform offering high security, flexible cloud servers. Our innovative web console as well as API are designed to make cloud computing and cloud hosting straightforward. High availability redundant infrastructure is backed up by a generous Service Level Agreement that covers not only availability but also performance.

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About Robert Jenkin

Robert is a Co-Founder and CEO of CloudSigma along with his long-time friend Patrick Baillie. Robert & Patrick had a vision for a different style of cloud focused around customer requirements not computing frameworks created by the service provider; an open environment where end-users could define their infrastructure in a highly flexible way with little or no restrictions, just like they were used to doing in their own private environments. Their shared vision was the genesis of CloudSigma in 2009 in Zürich, Switzerland and as with many great things, it began life sketched out on a napkin! Robert previously has experience in early stage venture capital and corporate finance in the City of London. Robert is a graduate in Economics from Cambridge University.