Professional Consulting Services

At the core of our business are our professional consulting services – where we study your IT operation and your business objectives to provide solutions for you to get the best out of IT, sooner. One of the things that sets us apart is our ability to understand the business requirements and their translated technical requirements, we’re able to work at both the strategic advisory level and technical design and implementation level. We have a team of senior specialist consultants that are able to partner with our clients to determine the best and most efficient method of achieving the project objectives.

We use an iterative agile approach during our engagements to achieve the business outcome quicker without increasing risk or sacrificing quality. The feedback cycle is reduced enabling the plan to pivot with each incremental change being well considered and implemented as planned. The team’s progress is reviwed and validated to ensure the desired outcomes are met before the next sprint cycle is commenced.

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Cloud Security Practice

CMD is a security focused consulting company and as such has a security capability that is divided into two main areas, DevSecOps security engineering and Cloud Security Risk Management:

DevSecOps Cloud security engineering

CMD assists our clients to enhance their operational security posture by using Infrastructure As Code processes to embed security controls into our cloud environments from the core.

We use automated DevSecOps continuous integration build pipelines that incorporate hardening controls and various agents to manage logging, monitoring and vulnerability scanning.

Our environment builds incorporate strong Identity Access management and least priveleged access principles leveraging centralised identity federation technology.

Our focus on strong security operational controls aligns with our client’s requirements to meet compliance standards such as (PCI, APRA, ISO, IRAP)

Cloud security risk management

CMD determines the suitability of cloud service adoption for specific workloads by assessing threats and risks posed against the Cloud provider’s organisation, services and configuration controls.The assessment considers the individual workload’s requirements, the solution controls and determines an inherent and residual risk rating which can be managed by the organisation.

Cloud Managed Devops

Using DevOps to run Enterprise Production environments is a huge shift away from the traditional approach. The change requires a transformed platform and experienced DevOps capability to realise the full benefits. The shift can leave organisations questioning…

  • How do I upskill my staff to work in a more efficient capacity?
  • How do I incorporate all of these new AWS service offerings without compromising my Production environment?
  • How can I ensure my project initiatives have the freedom to innovate without compromising our security posture?
  • How do I ensure new projects are adhering with our resiliency and compliance requirements? CMD have addressed the challenges associated with running production DevOps environments by creating a scalable, efficient and secure platform managed by experienced DevOps professionals.

We use:

  • Infrastructure as Code (IAC) DevOps toolsets and methods combined with Enterprise best practice security practices have been used to create the runCMD platform.
  • Standardised automated deployment patterns of services
  • Proactive and reactive DevOps services provided on a monthly basis

Cloud security engineering DevSecOps

Automation and DevOps

Development is moving faster, the frequency of application releases and system changes has increased based on business demand to speed up the product time to market, however the increased speed can be at the expense of quality. Automation not only plays a critical role in speeding up delivery but it also improves the quality of delivery by applying the same repeatable process into standardised environments. Automated Continuous Delivery build processes allow Operations and Development to work together to produce a high quality outcome that is free from errors.

As an Advanced AWS consulting partner, CMD assists our clients to transform using Automation and baking in Security within secure AWS environments tailored for our clients needs. Our AWS environments include:

  • Automated environment creation
  • DevSecOps methods and CICD toolsets
  • Baked in automated security controls
  • Aligned with compliance standards (PCI, APRA, ISO, IRAP)

We’re able to assist our clients meet their cloud transformation objectives by combining our DevSecOps consulting experience with our specialised knowledge of AWS.

Our AWS DevSecOps capability leverages the security services available within AWS and some third party tooling to meet the organisation’s compliance requirements or target state architecture objectives.

Our best practice architecture includes the following AWS security services:

  • AWS CloudFormation for the whole environment
  • IAM - Deployment pipeline and RBAC design
  • AWS Inspector
  • AWS Config and Config Rules
  • AWS CloudTrail
  • AWS CloudWatch and CloudWatch events
  • AWS Lambda
  • AWS Key Management Service
  • AWS Direct Connect

Cloud Transformation

Operational transformation is achieved by adopting an efficient, scalable and secure platform along with cultural change. The cloud adoption process is a journey starting with discovery and design…

The platform architecture designs should be well thought out, right sized, and tailored to your requirements Transformation is achieved through projects that build, implement and migrate from the old mode of operation to the new The transformed platform will need to be run using new DevOps techniques Undertaking carefully planned transformational change is key in enabling organisations to move to a more efficient, scalable and resilient model that meets the needs of the business. CMD specialises in delivering transformation projects by leveraging cloud technologies through understanding the business needs and determining the supporting architecture and operational environment that needs to be created.