Tuesday, July 2, 2013


MUTM & MWAF to provide better web security features for small and large businesses

VADS Berhad (VADS), Malaysia’s leading Managed Information Communications Technology (ICT)/Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) service provider today launched two (2) new web security products; VADS Managed Unified Threat Management (MUTM) and VADS Managed Web Application Firewall (MWAF).

These products are the latest additions to VADS Managed Security Services portfolio that anchors on “defence in depth” best practises strategy to achieve information assurance on today’s highly-networked environment. This is accomplished through a balanced focus on three primary elements: People, Process and Technology; which are the core building blocks of VADS Security Operations Centre (SOC). VADS SOC was established in 2005 and is ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certified where VADS’ certified personnel monitor and manage over 1,000 security devices proactively.

From left to right:
Vasanthamohan Vasudevan, General Manager, ICT Services, VADS Berhad, Dato’ Seri George Chang, Vice President, South East Asia & Hong Kong, Fortinet, Ahmad Azhar Yahya, Chief Executive Officer, VADS Berhad, and Jeff Hurmuses, Vice President, Sales (APAC), Barracuda Networks.

Ahmad Azhar Yahya, Chief Executive Officer of VADS said, “VADS understands and acknowledges that security is a key component to every organisation. Data protection has never been so important and as a service provider, it is our duty to ensure that the threats online are handled in the most appropriate manner so that our customers’ business is not severely affected. VADS MUTM and MWAF solutions are targeted at all businesses transcending various industries which regard security as a key concern area for their organisation.”

VADS MUTM combines multiple security features into a single platform to protect against viruses, Trojans, spywares and other malicious threats. The solution includes Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Virtual Private Network (VPN), Anti-Virus, Web Content Filtering and Application Control. With MUTM, the complexity of managing the security applications is reduced, giving users more scalable and comprehensive protection against network-level and content-level threats.

MUTM is offered by VADS in partnership with Fortinet, a market leader in UTM Firewall. It is offered on a three-year contract with three (3) packages to choose from; Basic (without reporting feature), Reporting Basic (with FortiCloud reportings) and Advanced Reporting (with Fortianalyzer reporting).

VADS MWAF on the other hand, protects web applications and servers from application level attacks such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, cookie tampering and directory traversal attacks. The MWAF firewall is positioned in the customer’s Internet gateway with 24x7 surveillance monitoring and management by VADS’ SOC. MWAF also helps customers meet the compliance mandate of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and ISO27001.

In producing this latest solution, VADS is working together with Barracuda, one of the market leaders for WAF services. VADS MWAF is offered in three (3) packages; MWAF Starter (1 web application), MWAF Standard (3 web applications) and MWAF Premium (5 web applications). All three packages are on offered on a three-year contract.

Both the MUTM and MWAF solutions are offered on a managed service model and come with full device management and proactive security monitoring of web application firewall traffic coupled with end-to-end provisioning, support and maintenance from VADS.

“The interest for MWAF comes from larger organisations which need to comply with Requirement 6.6 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) which states that organisations need to protect web applications by either reviewing all custom code for vulnerabilities or installing a web application firewall. VADS Managed Security Services delivers both on-premise and cloud-based deployment models to cater for the varied needs of the small to large enterprises as well as government agencies and departments,” Ahmad Azhar added.

VADS, together with its partners, hope to encourage organisations to pay more attention to the web security needs of their organisations in order reduce cyber threats against their websites, servers and applications.

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