Kaapagam Technologies: Where Quality Meets Affordability
The security industry has grown immensely where the reliability on medieval knowledge to better protect systems is no longer necessary. On the other hand, this also meant that the variety, frequency, and intensity of threats have also far evolved.
The recent decade has seen a fast-paced competitive evolution between both security and threats. This fierce race resulted in the emergence of some rather porous security solutions when forensic and development activities were unable to keep up with the exponential growth of threats. Not to mention, data has become an increasingly invaluable asset to all parties – individuals, public and private sectors, and most importantly, the underground marketplace. Naturally, this translates into the fact that keeping a good security posture as top priority is no longer an option but an alarming need. With the many possible vectors of attack coming into light, each detail concerning data or system security is utterly essential.
That is where Kaapagam Technologies comes in. The brand takes pride in its all-round cyber security product development as well as consulting, management services, and training. One of the leaders in its field, Kaapagam has never failed in keeping “returning customers” confident with the quality of products and services delivered.
Kaapagam was founded and led by Clement Arul, CEO of the Malaysian-based firm. As the backbone of Kaapagam, this individual exudes the vibe of an expert with long ranging experience and knowledge of cyber security and its outdrawn tributaries. To date, Clement Arul has been awarded the Cyber Security Professional of the Year in 2014 by the Malaysian government and recently in 2017 where the award was elevated to Cyber Security Professional of the Year 2017 APAC level and presented by the Global Cyber Security Excellence Award in the USA.
As Arul says, “Nothing and nobody in this world is a hundred percent secure, and we as cyber security professionals strive to elevate the difficulty for hackers to break in, rather than allowing the attack vectors a walk in the park.”
The recent cases in discussion – 2014 CelebGate scandal involving both Google and Apple as well as the infamous NASA and Pentagon hack are two cases worth highlighting. If anything, these few episodes of cyber security drama has attested one strong takeaway for everyone–‘more investment equals more security’ is an erroneous belief.
Generally speaking, the common mindset promoted in the majority of big corporations and enterprises is that an expensive investment in security would guarantee a bulletproof security system. In response to this Arul firmly differs, “Investing more in data security does not necessarily mean your data is secure. It is false equivalence. It is not about how much you invest, but what you invest on and how you implement it.”
True to his words, Arul’s belief is reflected in Kaapagam’s very own set of quality security products and services which are game changers to the industry. To top it off, they are consistently delivering them at a revolutionary price cap.
At this point of time, it is no secret that Kaapagam has been trying to keep affordability one of its priorities for the benefit of its many customers across diverse industries. They are also top in delivering refined consultancy to assist customers achieve business goals and eliminate adverse security issues from the organization and train their IT Team on information security and run awareness campaigns for all employees. As Arul says, “We transform every employee as a firewall in achieving a cyber resilient organization rather than seeing them as a weak link in the security chain.”
This brings us to the three chief products by Kaapagam–VALARI (Web Application Firewall or WAF), VALAI (Universal Security Gateway), and KEDAYAM (Vulnerability Management and Security Shield package).
Also, it has to be mentioned that the nomenclature of all three tools were derived from Arul’s native language Tamil. The creation of VALARI was prompted by the alarming rate of 80 percent security breaches due to vulnerabilities within the web application layer which led to theft of sensitive corporate data.
Hence, VALARI was designed to secure web applications and provide a layer of security by proxy. It is also proven useful to shield web servers and databases from direct access to attackers, detect and block all OWASP vulnerabilities, facilitate Full Web Traffic Logging, Web Intrusion Detection and Monitoring, Attack Prevention and Virtual Patching, Compliance with PCI DSS requirement, Geo- Location Blocking, and many more. VALARI is supported by Cyber Security Malaysia, an agency under Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and carries Common Criteria Certification (ISO 15408 international certification). VALARI is a must have defense for every industry that has a web presence as the general firewall products may not protect Layer 7 application attacks.
VALAI on the other hand, rightfully assumes its name of being a universal gateway security provider by offering key technical features of a firewall appliance in a single box at a fraction of the cost compared to its competitors in the market. VALAI has plenty of reasons for being called ‘firewall on steroids’. Those reasons being its ability to deliver – Detect and Prevent Layer 7 Intrusion, Web Content Transparent Filtering, Multi-line Internet Load Balancing, Web Caching, Web Reverse Proxy, Web Load Balancing, Site-to-site VPN with full IPV6 support.
An International University in Malaysia uses VALARI for its Internet and Intranet Web Applications and VALAI for last three years and the results are extraordinary. These prized-possessions were bought at an educational cut-price deal of 5,000 USD each and have not recorded a single successful attack despite handling 680,000 requests each day.
Equally worth mentioning is Kaapagam’s KEDAYAM– A Managed Security Service. KEDAYAM came into prominence when organizations were not able to keep up with the velocity, volume, and variety of threats that came each day while keeping pace with their industry’s market innovations and operations.
With limited IT resources, lack of internal security expertise, and a struggle to hire security talent, the challenges were palpable. There was also a lack of budget and an urgency for a reliable alternative entity to manage and control these constraints.
In other words, KEDAYAM acts as the catalyst integrating components of technologies involved in commanding threat intelligence with the highly capable professionals of information security. This packaged service from Kaapagam provides essential network protection and hardens security state that delivers flexible and customized security services, at the same time enhancing the existing security program, infrastructure, and personnel.
The firm has overcome every obstacle that has crossed their path and has been growing in stature exponentially
KEDAYAM is also geared with network security, application security, SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), proactive monitoring and alert response, and customer support, which is available 24 hours a day across the year. As a result, any system equipped with KEDAYAM is able to experience consequential advantages from a minimized business risk down to thorough on-demand reporting, increased efficiency, and visibility on the security posture, all at an economical budget.
Since its establishment in year 2012, Kaapagam has come a long way and has seen a dynamic growth despite many challenges faced by the industry, one namely the perception that security is an expensive yet unworthy investment. Today, Kaapagam is the only Malaysian brand name holding off big players from the U.S, China, Korea, and others alike.
Due to its ability of delivering services at a fraction of their peers’ price range, Kaapagam has given competitors a real run for their money. This was done in parallel to its continuous expansion on delivering more heavyweight products where its team is now competent in addressing Vulnerability Assessments, Penetration Testing, Advisory Services, Security Audit and Compliance Services, Risk Management Services, Secure Code Review, and Trainings as part of its provision repertoire.
These IT services assist in performing a thorough assessment of the vulnerabilities, demonstrate attacks and exploits on vulnerable areas, help organizations in taking executive management decisions, and upon completion of assessment and audit, Kaapagam would then fix the vulnerable areas.
While Kaapagam boasts a deep well of technologically advanced products and services, it leaves no stone unturned in the class of people recruited and trained to maneuver these services. Kaapagam completely believes in this policy. As Arul says, “A three to five days certification programs may not make you a professional. The certificate may say you’re an ethical hacker but the question is whether you will be able to perform when you’re part of the project, mostly No.”
For Kaapagam, people are an important part of the process and technology, and it has the strong belief that ‘if not for the right people, technology would be of no use’. Therefore, the firm invests a healthy amount of its resources in choosing the right talent, training them, checking their ability to think out of the box, and most crucially, their passion for cyber security. Additionally, Kaapagam conducts eight-day boot camps to bring them up to speed with tips and tricks and methodologies, which ultimately helps them in completing projects three times faster than their competitors!
To support the fact that it is indeed an advantageous proposition to put yourself in the good hands of Kaapagam, their catch phrase ‘Quality at affordable prices’ instantly pops up in mind. However, what really makes Kaapagam unique is their complete and wholehearted involvement in the entire process, the follow-ups they provide, and the contribution they make for the cyber security ecosystem.
As a matter of fact, Kaapagam takes effort in educating customers and walking them through the process. They then sit together and develop a strategic roadmap for the future. Essentially, Kaapagam makes the clients their partners; a part of the team and the process. Furthermore, with their certified training programs and security awareness campaigns, Kaapagam creates a profound impact in the ASEAN region.
Kaapagam Education Team runs 100 percent Hands-on Information Security Training Courses on Penetration Testing, Big Data Security, IoT Security, Secure Coding, Digital Forensics, Mobile Security, and many more.
Kaapagam serves in various industry verticals including the government, corporate, insurance, healthcare, entertainment, education, real estate, and banking sectors which are operating in major APAC countries such as Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.
For its relentless contribution to the cyber-security industry, the firm has been deeply acknowledged and honored with two awards from Cyber Security Malaysia, an agency under Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Government of Malaysia: Cyber Security Innovation of the Year in 2016 and Cyber Security Training Provider of the Year 2014.
Then again, with increasing cyber-attacks collectively costing 400 billion USD a year, Kaapagam’s journey to tackle cyber security head-on only just begun and it promises to be an exciting ride.
“Products keep evolving and what is necessary today won’t be relevant 10 years later,” says Arul. “We have to interact, create a security community, share information, and grow together to push boundaries and expand awareness and build business across borders.”