UK's First 100% Online Local Authority Protects Web Applications With KaVaDo
Tameside Council - the first local authority in the UK to make all its public services available online - is relying on dedicated Web application protection from KaVaDo to guard against would-be hackers.
With more than 800 online services from council tax payments to benefit claims to protect, Tameside picked KaVaDo's InterDo server-based protection solution after a searching evaluation of available security products. Following installation and commissioning work by IT security specialist LODOGA, all of the council's Web applications were safe.
"We already had network firewalls but knew that we needed another layer of security to protect the Web applications themselves. There?s no way network firewalls can stop an application level attack," explains Tameside's e-envoy, Cllr. Margaret Oldham. "Now that InterDo protection is in place we have an efficient method to eliminate known and unknown threats. It works seamlessly with our existing technologies, and it is very easy to manage and control."
InterDo protects Web servers at the application layer - often the easiest path for hackers to gain access and an area not protected by conventional solutions such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems. Uniquely it guards against online events and behaviours outside an application?s designed purpose and additionally protects against specific threats like database sabotage, buffer overflows and cookie poisoning.
Chosen by Tameside for its ease of integration with the council's existing in-house developed applications, InterDo was installed and commissioned by specialist Web application security consultancy and KaVaDo partner LODOGA. The company had previously run a vulnerability assessment using InterDo's companion Web application scanner product, ScanDo.
"The results of the scan took the IT team a bit by surprise and we knew straight away that we had to do something to strengthen our security," says Cllr. Oldham. "We were convinced by a pilot trial that InterDo was the right way to go. Just one implementation protects all our Web applications, and without getting in the way of our legitimate online users."
Tameside's record-breaking 100% online service delivery ? achieved two years ahead of national government targets ? has won the council awards and made it an authority on Web-enabling local government. As one of the UK's 25 pathfinder authorities it is now sharing its success and its expertise with other councils, helping them deliver their own services on line.
Part of that advice will be a recommendation to use InterDo for securing their applications against online attack. "It's reasonably priced, it's well engineered and it doesn't put any strain on the applications it's protecting," says Cllr. Oldham. "There's no need to re-write any code. You just add another server and everything's protected."
As well as developing showcase online systems for its 220,000 residents Tameside is keen to ensure that as many as possible can access them. Led by Cllr. Oldham it is creating ?In Touch? centres, dedicated customer service facilities where people can log on for free and deal with all their council-related business.
More than 4,000 hits a day by citizens on Tameside's Web site ? some 800 of those for housing matters alone ? show that the scheme is working. The access figure also helped secure the prestigious SPIN/SOCITM Website of the year award for the council. The next goal is a common Web-based front end onto all the council's systems for staff, officers, elected members and other interested parties like small businesses in the region.
With its roots in Web application development, LODOGA (www.lodoga.co.uk) is unique among UK IT security specialists for its dedicated focus on protecting enterprise Web applications against internal and external attacks. Headquartered in Windsor, the company uses best-of-breed technology to develop solutions and processes for customers in multiple sectors including airlines, pharmaceuticals, local and central government and financial services.
KaVaDo provides next-generation Web application protection solutions and vulnerability assessment products for the corporate market using its patent-pending Protected Path? technology. These solutions account for the various types of threats against Web applications and allow IT management to apply only the necessary protection against anticipated threats, known and unknown. KaVaDo offers a unique, effective approach to Web application protection with minimum strain on system resources, easy installation and management, and flexibility to handle a variety of applications under different environments.
The company is based in New York with international research and development, sales and support facilities. KaVaDo has secured funding from Banc of America Equity Partners, Neurone Ventures and 3i. More information on the company can be found at http://www.kavado.com.
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