Security and authentication

Authentication Support

  • LDAP / Active Directory
    SecuredCloud has extensive LDAP/Active Directory support with an easy installation wizard.
  • Kerberos
    SecuredCloud can work with Kerberos and other authentication mechanisms mediated by Apache modules.
  • SSO/SAML 2.0
    SecuredCloud supports Single Sign On (SSO) and can work with Shibboleth, a SAML-based authentication in its web front end and clients.
  • Two-factor authentication
    SecuredCloud includes Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) and Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) second factor apps to increase the security of user login handling.

Existing storage and database technology
SecuredCloud supports any existing storage solution, including object store technologies, keeping data under control of trusted IT administrators and managed with established policies. SecuredCloud works with industry standard SQL databases like PostgreSQL, MySQL and MariaDB for user and metadata storage.

Existing security tools
SecuredCloud offers built in monitoring tools and integrates with existing MDM, DLP, event logging and backup tools, enabling existing tool chains to be used to monitor, back up and restore systems

Current security policies and processes
Thanks to the on-premise nature of Securedcloud and its ability to leverage existing data storage and database technologies, current security policies and governance processes can continue to be used to manage, control and secure operations with SecuredCloud. SecuredCloud does at no point have access to your data and can not interfere with regulated processes, keeping your IT department in control.

Under Secured control

Control is key to security. With SecuredCloud, your IT department takes back control over its data, managed under its policies and procedures. SecuredCloud integrates in the tooling you use in your data center like logging and intrusion detection and works with existing authentication mechanisms like SAML, Kerberos and LDAP.

SecuredCloud features:

  • Logging and monitoring
    SecuredCloud has built in monitoring and logging tools, compatible with industry standard tools like Splunk, Nagios and OpenNMS. It also offers a full, compliance-ready activity log for reporting and auditing purposes.
  • Permission and File Access Control
    Administrators can set permissions on sharing and access to files using groups. The powerful workflow tools in SecuredCloud enable administrators to limit access to files following strict rules and perform automatic actions like file conversion.
  • Encryption
    SecuredCloud uses industry-standard SSL/TLS encryption for data in transfer. Additionally, data at rest in storage can be encrypted using a default military grade AES-256 encryption. Keys can be handled with the build in key management or you can opt for a custom key management for integration in existing infrastructure. As keys never leave the SecuredCloud server, external storage systems never have access to unencrypted data.
  • Virus scanning
    SecuredCloud supports integration with ClamAV for automated scanning of all uploaded files.

Encryption

SecuredCloud employs industry-standard TLS to encrypt data in transfer. Usage of Object Storage like Amazon S3 or other external storage systems can be secured through Server Side Encryption.

Server Side Encryption can also be used on local storage. However, inherent to the concept of server side encryption, encryption keys will be present in memory of the SecuredCloud server during the time a user is logged in and could be retrieved by a determined attacker. We take care to ensure keys are not stored unencrypted on permanent storage and at rest keys are encrypted using a strong cipher.

Brute Force Protection

Brute Force Protection logs invalid login attempts and slows down multiple attempts from a single IP address (or IPv6 range). This feature is enabled by default and protects against an attacker who tries to guess a password from one or more users.

You can find more information on hardening your SecuredCloud installation in our extensive hardening guide

Password handling

Administrators can set password quality policies enforced by SecuredCloud.

Password reset tokens are invalidated when critical information like user email has been changed to protect against phishing attacks.

SecuredCloud will ask system administrators for password confirmation on security critical actions.

Security hardening

SecuredCloud employs a wide variety of extra security hardening capabilities, including:

  • Content Security Policy 3.0CSP is a HTTP feature that allows the server to set specific restrictions on a resource when opened in a browser. Such as only allowing to load images or JavaScript from specific targets.CSP 3.0 is the latest, most strict version of the standard, increasing the barrier for attackers to exploit a Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability.
  • Same-Site CookiesSame-Site cookies are a security measure supported by modern browsers that prevent CSRF vulnerabilities and protect your privacy further. SecuredCloud enforces the same-site cookies to be present on every request by enforcing this within the request middle ware.We include the __Host prefix to the cookie (if supported by browser and server). This mitigates cookie injection vulnerabilities within potential third-party software sharing the same second level domain.

Learn more about these hardening features in our blog.

Authentication capabilities

The SecuredCloud authentication system supports pluggable authentication including Two-factor authentication and device specific passwords, complete with a list of connected browsers and devices on the users’ personal page. As extra protection, device specific password tokens can be denied access to the file system. Included are Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) and Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) second factor apps, enabling users to use tools like Yubikeys or Google Authenticator to secure their accounts.

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Authentication capabilities

Active sessions can be invalidated through the list, by removing the user in the admin settings or by changing passwords. Admins can enable or disable Two-factor authentication for users on the command line.SecuredCloud supports SAML 2.0 (“Shibboleth”) and Kerberos authentication and has extensive LDAP directory integration.

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