Integrated Security

Embed Security in Every Project and Decision

Today’s digital business involves a more mobile workforce, expectations of immediate and on demand access to data, fronted by intuitive and engaging user experiences, and often underpinned by public cloud infrastructure for increased agility and time to market.

The pressure on security teams to keep up with these advances is immense, as they are asked to support digital transformation while also protecting against advanced cyber threats.

AHEAD helps clients with that balancing act. By using an integrated approach to security that empowers IT divisions with guardrails rather than impeding them with roadblocks, we help build more effective security and compliance programs, while at the same time, making them more efficient.  

A Guide to Integrated Security

Read our eBook and learn how to take a holistic approach to securing all aspects of your IT environment using an Integrated Security Lifecycle, leveraging automation and analytics to move your organization up the ladder of the Integrated Security Maturity Model.

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The Need for an Integrated Approach to Security and Risk

Infrastructure and operations teams face the challenge of understanding new cloud operating models, and security teams need to be arm and arm with them. The most successful security teams are completely aligned and integrated with the rest of IT and the business.

With a fully integrated approach, teams can apply automation, analytics, and agile thinking across the entire security lifecycle.

Identification. AHEAD will help implement a robust vulnerability management program giving you the insight you need to make prioritized decisions where risks are in your environment.

Protection. AHEAD will put an in-depth strategy in place to protect your organization from attacks, for example, using network micro segmentation to reduce your attack surface.

Detection. AHEAD will tap the insight and power of your log data across all systems to detect anomalies and put you in a position to respond in a timely manner.

Response. AHEAD will lean on its deep roots in automation to quickly prioritize threats and automate the response of frequent and common security events.

Recovery. AHEAD will leverage its heritage of robust backup solutions to ensure minimal disruption to your business and keep your data in the public or private cloud, safe.

Stitching these functions together, and applying our investments in automation, analytics, and agile – is what AHEAD does best.

Cloud Security

The cloud is more than a place—it’s an operating model. Leveraging a cloud platform in the same way as a traditional data center does not increase agility or reduce time to market. Enterprises need to adapt their on-premise controls and governance processes to support the agility that the public cloud provides. For example, the ability to provision a compute instance in minutes is irrelevant to the enterprise if it’s performed in an unsafe manner or does not account for compliance requirements.

AHEAD has the skills and resources to enable customers to bridge that gap. AHEAD has helped customers extend and evolve their security programs to secure and take advantage of public cloud to its fullest value.

AHEAD’s deep heritage of automation and orchestration allows its customers to automate many security challenges found in the public cloud, such as:

  • Identity and access integration between on-premises and public cloud providers
  • Automation of public cloud networking and security integration
  • Asset and change management process integration
  • Technical security controls spanning the prevention, detection, and remediation processes

AHEAD achieves this through an ecosystem of partners and its deep scripting expertise. AHEAD has built a rich cloud management solution that ties industry-leading platforms together with a common message bus, which provides a true, single pane of glass experience.

Beyond these technical abilities, AHEAD’s consulting organization has enabled CISOs to educate their security teams to operate securely in the public cloud.

The way AHEAD approaches the public cloud is not to isolate it, but to integrate it into the operating model of an existing organization. Organizations need to think of the public cloud as a tool that enriches their operating model, rather than a burden that creates yet another silo.

CoPilot: A More Secure and Compliant Public Cloud

CoPilot combines tooling and insights with ongoing remediation and configuration services, all designed to optimize your public cloud environments.

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Network Control and Threat Detection

Network control keeps rogue or compromised devices off of your corporate network, while threat detection analyzes network traffic to provide rich security intelligence. We help clients to protect their network and data with security strategies that leverage segmentation and policy control.

  • Protect your valuable IP, and restrict which users can access sensitive financial or customer records.
  • Segment users to meet compliance requirements, and limit the reach of less-trusted or less-known users like contractors or vendors.
  • Detect anomalies and patterns like rare/suspicious processes, risky activities, and unrecognized connections.
  • Correlate large amounts data collected on the network and endpoints to score and prioritize threats.

Check Out Our Whiteboard Tutorial on Next-Generation Antivirus

Security Information and Event Management

The increasing sophistication and complexity of attacks are driving the need for advanced analytics powered by big data technologies. We help clients utilize the power of analytics to automate log monitoring, correlation, and alerting to enable efficient forensic investigations.

  • Aggregate your logs in a central location, making them easier to analyze, store, and manage.
  • Detect issues in real time and respond quickly to threats.
  • Detect, mitigate, and reduce insider threats like fraud, theft, and data leakage.
  • Meet regulatory and internal policy compliance requirements by logging and proactively monitoring information across the enterprise.

Security Operations

AHEAD helps balance the demands for speed and security across all three phases of threat prevention, detection, and remediation. One lever that we apply is automation. We’ll automate processes to handle the 25% of security problems that consume 90% of your SecOps team’s time, allowing your incident response team  to focus on the critical issues.

Furthermore, using the holistic view facilitated by our Enterprise Cloud Delivery Framework, we find and treat root causes, not symptoms. There’s a disconnect between what gets brought up in the news, and what’s at the heart of IT failures. Breaches—especially those involving the public cloud—more often stem from process and misconfiguration issues than attacks.

AHEAD integrates enterprise security systems into a centralized security operations, including:

  • Vulnerability management platforms
  • Endpoint protection and EDR
  • Firewall IDS/IPS reporting
  • Threat intelligence
  • Log aggregation and analytics

AHEAD also helps clients utilize ServiceNow as a platform to optimize SecOps. We do this by tightly connecting our ESM and Security practices.

Check Out Our Video on Where Security and Enterprise Service Management Converge

Governance, Risk, and Compliance

AHEAD takes an integrated approach leveraging industry standards to help organizations stay out of harm’s way. We help clients integrate the management, assurance of risk, and compliance activities.

  • Achieve and maintain GRC targets by designing and managing controls that enable your business to compete in today’s marketplace.
  • Detect and assess the likelihood, as well as the business impact, of an event and respond to critical changes in risk posture.
  • Institute a standardized and transparent process for risk assessments, due diligence, and risk response with partners and vendors.
  • Automate best practice lifecycles, unify compliance processes, and provide assurances around their effectiveness.

Read more about our experience with the SecOps and GRC modules of ServiceNow.

Watch Demos of the SecOps and GRC Modules of ServiceNow

Better Together

AHEAD partners with 60 technology providers, all geared toward optimizing the enterprise cloud.

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AHEAD maintains deep competencies in all Cisco product lines, including networking and security. We earned the Cisco Advanced Security Architecture Specialization in 2017, and have formed an entire practice supporting Cisco’s AppDynamics platform.


AHEAD leverages Palo Alto Networks VM-series virtual firewalls to provide customers with security and threat prevention features as part of an automated, scalable hybrid network architecture.


AHEAD is a Gold Status Partner for both Sales and Service, thanks to our demonstrated success in selling and implementing the ServiceNow platform, and maintaining high customer satisfaction scores.

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AHEAD’s experts help design the incident routing process and develop a mature vulnerability management process leveraging Splunk.

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Since its inception, AHEAD has been a key partner of VMware. We’re honored to have won the Americas Partner Innovation Award in the category of Professional Services.

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