Securing it remotely
Rolta India Limited's RoltaSecure Portal services allows
a company to outsource a number of information security functions so that the
jobs can be performed remotely. This saves technology and manpower cost and
frees up a company's resources for conducting the core business. by Soutiman
Any company in today's marketplace has
to depend on communications networks and systems to transmit business information.
And sometimes the areas of connectivity, network management, and security are
best handled by an outsourced service provider.
Rolta India Limited's (RIL's) RoltaSecure
Portal services offers a range of remote portal-based security services for
the enterprise. It is a Web-based security service that helps to reduce an organization's
investments in technology and internal resources which are required for securing
and managing IT assets.
The services broadly include advance
information on hacking, viruses, flaws in software, breaches in security, attack
incidents, and suggestions and fixes to manage these effectively. These aim
to allow an enterprise pre-empt attacks to its network by proactive scanning
of systems, reports, and analyses of security information unique to a company's
The biggest benefit according to RIL
is that of cost savings, considering the investment necessary to build a similar
Some of the services are;
- Vulnerability Notification Service
- Vulnerability Assessment Service
- Remote Monitoring Service
Here's a closer look at these services.
Vulnerability Notification Service (VNS)
Keeping abreast with the latest patches
for security breach is challenging. But, a good way to start is by getting acquainted
with the latest vulnerabilities.
RoltaSecure VNS uses a repository of
current vulnerability information. You need remedies specific to your unique
profile settings that will in effect, help you to resiliently spring back to
a working situation in cases of security attacks.
The service notifies you regularly
of the details of the known certified vulnerabilities that exist in your network
architecture by way of specific vulnerability alerts that serve as precise actionable
information. This helps you fix serious problems at the earliest. Additionally,
performance of regular vulnerability scanning of your IT resources greatly reduces
the chances of threats that could severely impact your business.
With RoltaSecure VNS, you are updated
on software vulnerabilities, hacker exploits and protocol/service security issues
when they appear. This information enables you to take proactive measures by
plugging vulnerabilities before any serious damage is caused.
Vulnerability Assessment Service (VAS)
The service enables one to scan critical
Internet-exposed resources and identifies the current vulnerabilities. It routinely
scans your Internet resources and provides updates on possible risks and threats
to your network security.
The first step in protection for Internet-exposed
resources is to identify the vulnerabilities and suspect wrong configurations
that place information at risk. RoltaSecure VAS, works through the Internet
and gives you a hacker's eye view of your network, and helps you
to secure your resources.
The subscription-based remote scanning
- Usage of multiple tools to review and assess your network perimeter and
externally visible assets like servers, firewalls, and routers.
- Options for 'on-demand' or 'on-schedule' scans.
- Web-based graphical reports which have managerial reports and technical
reports. The managerial reports have vulnerabilities sorted by complexity,
risk factor, and popularity. And technical reports provide a detailed breakdown
of vulnerabilities found, along with the technical details of suggestions
and fixes required.
- Trend analysis of scanning reports for each IP address
This monitors your Internet-exposed resources on a 24x7
basis to view their status for service availability. It provides current availability
status of the exposed hosts and the services running on them.
The important features of this service are:
- Ensures continuous monitoring and minimal downtime for critical services
and hardware resources.
- Determines if your critical resources are available for end users, whenever
they need it, thereby monitoring service levels.
- Gathers information, like usage patterns to establish if current sizing
and configuration is adequate or proactively plan for future resource needs
based on historical monitored data.
- Presents comprehensive reports for senior management, facilitating easier
management of critical IT processes.
- Provides notifications about resource problem/problem recovery via email
and/or SMS on mobile phones.
The three services above (VNS, VAS, and RMS) can be bundled
into a single service offering. This provides a number of benefits to an organization.
And these services can be provided at a cost of less than Rs 300 a day.
It avoids information overload and
saves time. Rolta's dedicated eSecurity experts continuously scan the global
source network for tracking the latest viruses, vulnerabilities, and other security
information in an effort to keep you updated on the latest security trends.
A customized and asset-specific report
provides you the information unique to your environment to meet your typical
requirement. Dedicated engineers on a 24X7 basis provide support services.
The bundled offering allows you the
flexibility to define users for asset-related information on a need-to-know,
need-to-do basis. This is made possible through RoltaSecure's varied licensing
options, which have been developed keeping in mind the unique requirements of
corporates, which are geographically distributed.
Rolta claims to use its expertise in
running 24x7 ISP services, and available freeware tools on open source platforms,
to help one configure IDSs and network monitoring systems on your laptop or
server. These could be used to monitor intrusions and your network for services
Some of the company's clients are Exim
Bank, Bank of Baroda, and Central Bank of India.
Soutiman Das Gupta can be reached at