Cybersecurity: a multilayered
approach for a changing world

Security that makes your business safer

Today’s IT infrastructure is more diverse … but more vulnerable. A rainbow of mobile devices, cloud applications, and access methods create convenience for users, but complexity and risk as IT becomes OT. With Strypes’ help, threats can be managed and mitigated. How?

By looking at every project as a whole. That’s how Strypes works. Taking full ownership and complete responsibility for securing every node of your network against bad actors. Here’s our approach to cybersecurity.

Defining cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is more than network security. It spans everything your network touches, everywhere your business uses app and data. That means every hardware device, every software application, every database in the cloud. If it connects to the internet, it’s vulnerable to cyberthreats—and to unauthorized access. The right cybersecurity strategy is layered, operating from the perimeter of your network to the core—covering five areas: critical infrastructure, applications, the network itself, cloud systems, and devices on the Internet of Things (IoT).

The most basic part of your business to secure against cyberthreats is critical infrastructure: the technology your business couldn’t do without. It’s your inhouse servers, desktops and laptops, routers and internet connections your people use every day. Sounds basic? It’s anything but. These systems, on desks and in offices and open to the world, are invitations to any hacker with a knack to hack, a wish to phish, or any one of a dozen attack vectors. But it’s not just machines: it’s about training your people too. How to recognize a malware link or a suspicious email? Strypes can help you turn best practice into everyday habits.

The lifeblood of your operational process is the applications that gather, exchange, and transform data across your organization. Whether it’s to keep trade secrets, maintain competitive advantage, or comply with the law, every application—and every connection between them—needs to stay safe from prying eyes.

Your network, from inhouse Ethernet to global VPN or SD-WAN, provides an easy way for your people to communicate and collaborate. But with access points spread between offices, homes, hotels, and vehicles, even a single unprotected location can give bad actors an on-ramp. That’s why our cybersecurity approach starts with the perimeter: not a single login for all services, but layered security with Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) and permission-based logins so each person only sees what’s needed for their job role.

With the world moving to the cloud, and the public internet as an underlay for connecting to it, what goes over that underlay matters. It means understanding your network in depth and detail, so the whole topology can be protected. It means constant monitoring of web traffic to foresee (and forestall) denial-of-service and brute-force attacks. It means encrypted tunnels between every node and user, so your data flows invisibly to normal web users. Above all, it means cloud as strategy, not system—with cybersecurity in from the word Go.

Most devices on the internet aren’t used by humans. It’s your door access controls, security cameras, production equipment, industrial systems, sensors and servos that do the 1,001 actions your process asks of them every day. These bits and pieces need hardening against bad actors too—because, as less-seen parts of your operational technology, they’re often forgotten. But Strypes never forgets.

An OT tech stack

IT—Information Technology—is among the oldest acronyms in tech. But our cybersecurity methods practice a new one: OT, or Operational Technology. Because as industrial systems and processes increasingly use IT methods to monitor, manage, and control equipment, IT threats are coming along for the ride. With attack vectors not through your PCs, laptops, and tablets, but through industrial machinery, manufacturing processes, and production plants. That’s why our tech stack is designed for OT.

IT—Information Technology—is among the oldest acronyms in tech. But our cybersecurity methods practice a new one: OT, or Operational Technology. OT is the intelligent use of technology and communications to manage, monitor and control industrial systems and equipment at all scales, concentrating on the physical devices and processes they use. IT and OT are often treated as different disciplines—but Strypes treats them as a converged whole.

From a mobile device outside your perimeter to the servers in your datacenter. Firewalls are hardened, multi-factor authentication is a given, and sensitive information stays private. All thanks to our basic way of working: early testing, ongoing monitoring, and continuous improvement.

One word describes our technology stack: huge. Spanning basic operating infrastructure to custom-created applications to industrial production processes, our tech stack answers specific OT use cases. They may be the usual suspects. But they’re widely known for a reason: they work.

Threats and solutions

Not all cybersecurity threats come from bad actors. Some are deliberate attacks; some are accidental actions; some come from outside your walls and some from within. What unites them: they happen in patterns. And patterns can be detected. Strypes uses several methods to nullify threats before they happen, deal with them when they arise, and minimize the possibility of them ever becoming a problem.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) functions by combining a security platform with advanced analytics and expert-driven services. This integration delivers threat detection and response guidance across various environments including cloud, hybrid, on-premises and a number of endpoints. It’s an ongoing process of knowledge acquisition and effective execution, with the goal of always staying one (or preferably more) steps ahead of the criminal community that seeks to cause you harm.

Vulnerability management is an ongoing process of identifying, evaluating, prioritizing and mitigating possible weaknesses in given computer systems and software that aims to reduce the risk of any potential exploitation. We help organizations prioritize the identified threats and minimize their “attack surface.” Regular vulnerability scanning is one of the key threat prevention tactics that we recommend to our partners, alongside the usual firewalls and antivirus tools that are a necessity to every organization nowadays.

Penetration testing, or “pen testing,” involves cosplaying as hackers and actively probing the vulnerabilities within your network. Unlike vulnerability management, pen testing aims to exploit potential risks, engaging in simulated attacks to gain control over your resources. Pen testing with us happens within an agreed Scope of Work to ensure it doesn’t inadvertently harm your business. The scope is determined in advance, aligning with your goals and desired outcomes for the pen test project.

Cybersecurity on the offensive: the art of penetration testing

With this approach our team will be challenged to look at problems and situations from the perspective of an adversary, emulating how a real bad intended hacker operates, following the same tactics, techniques, and procedures, with a specific objective similar to those of realistic threats or adversaries. Our penetration service is not just checklist scanning for known issues and handing a report back to you but we try to develop custom attacks, implants, exploits and build long-term relationships with you.

We are focusing on building an accurate profile of your business functions, identifying where threats originate and the purpose of your security assessment so as to ensure that the work that has been done will meet your specific needs. Due to the high-intensity nature of our offensive operations, there is often a significant lead-in time required for scheduling so we take only a single customer at a time and we cannot accept every opportunity.

We call the first phase of the operation pre-engagement. During its course, our subject matter experts (SMEs) will work with you to identify major starting points and confirm that we are the right people for your request. We’ll discuss the scope of the assignment and define it carefully to ensure a valuable understanding of what we are trying to achieve.
Then we’ll define the type of penetration test: black, grey, or white-box assignment.

This is one of the most important phases during which our SMEs will explore, analyze, prepare attack vectors and develop a strategy for further exploitation of the application. It is crucial to pass through this stage with extreme caution as well as tight collaboration with you as a customer, in order to ensure our next phases’ success.

The moment of exploitation or in other words our team will try to penetrate each and every component of the application (everything within the agreed scope) and gain higher authority. The outcome of each penetration will be documented so it can be presented later in the reporting phase.

In the end, we will produce a detailed report on the exploitation, development and other discoveries, and present the report to you in a session where all items will be explained. Here we include all findings from the Exploitation phase, as well as custom-developed scripts, exploits, and more.

In sync with industry standards

Security isn’t solely about technological threats; you need to stay on the right side of national regulations and privacy legislation too. Strypes is ISO-certified with guaranteed levels of quality and consistency; the applications we create also answer every pain point of GDPR and other policies, with sensitive and personal data encrypted, users authenticated, and processes defined to keep your business data safe and your company legally compliant. And our approach puts ITIL best practice at the core, ensuring secure delivery at every stage: strategy, design, transition, operation, and ongoing improvement.

Making cybersecurity the central issue

As you see, security isn’t an optional extra or add-on. It’s fundamental, informing every part of our thinking. It’s there when we understand your business challenges. Analyze your processes. Design a solution. And operate that solution, taking ownership at every stage. No two solutions are ever the same—but our attitude to security never changes. And we’d like to apply those methods to your next project.

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