Moortec Solutions Ltd

Compute and Application Hosting via Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The Compute and Application Hosting Service provides flexible, very scalable and highly cost effective application platforms via templated and bespoke application hosting platforms using Amazon’s world class cloud computing platform, via EC2, Docker Containers and AWS Lambda. Moortec uses AWS Certified Architects.

Features

  • Suitable for OFFICIAL (formerly IL2/IL3) and/or SENSITIVE workloads.
  • Multiple UK data centres (AZs), multiple EU regions.
  • NCSC Cloud Security Principles aligned, Security Cleared (SC) staff available.
  • Connectivity options for N3, PSN, Janet, RLi and regional networks.
  • Elastic, web-scale computing resources rapidly available.
  • Complete control of your computing resources.
  • Choice of multiple instance types, operating systems, and software packages.
  • Select configuration of memory, CPU, and instance storage.
  • Tools to build failure resilient and scalable applications.
  • Support for Microsoft Windows, RedHat, SUSE, CentOS, Ubuntu and more.

Benefits

  • Integrated role-based access control across all AWS services (IAM)
  • Comprehensive, cross service API audit logging and security (CloudTrail)
  • Integration with other AWS services (24x7 support and consolidated billing)
  • Training and architectural patterns/guidance (well architected)
  • Quickly scale capacity, both up and down to optimise costs.
  • Obtain and configure additional capacity with no service outage.
  • Pay only for capacity you actually use.
  • Highly reliable environment.
  • Migrate services by importing VMs from Vmware and HyperV.

Pricing

£100 an instance a month

  • Free trial available

Service documents

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Framework

G-Cloud 12

Service ID

5 4 0 6 7 0 6 5 3 0 2 1 7 5 0

Contact

Moortec Solutions Ltd Peter Burke
Telephone: 0203 813 3280
Email: peter.burke@moortecsolutions.com

Service scope

Service constraints
N/A
System requirements
N/A

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Within 2 hours. Same at weekends if 24x7 support purchased.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), 7 days a week
Web chat support
No
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
Support Levels:

Gold Service 24 x 375 Priority 1 incidents are responded to within 1 hour. Priority 2 within 4 hours. Priority 3 within 24 hours. Priority 4 within 48 hours.

Silver Service Mon-Fri 7am - 9pm Priority 1 incidents are responded to within 4 hours. Priority 2 within 12 hours. Priority 3 within 48 hours. Priority 4 within 5 working days.

Bronze Service Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Priority 1 incidents are responded to within 8 hours. Priority 2 within 24 hours. Priority 3 within 72 hours. Priority 4 within 7 working days.

The support costs are included in the compute platform costs, and start from £100 per month per instance.

We provide cloud support engineers.
Support available to third parties
Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
A range of resources to help customers get started on our AWS Compute and Application Hosting services. These include: the AWS comprehensive documentation (in multiple formats), access to templates, and face-to-face training.

This can be on how to deploy and use complete Moortec templates solutions, or self-service access to AWS resources from within moortec managed accounts and VPCs.
Service documentation
Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
Customers can choose from one of several mechanisms for extracting the data.

(1) Data may be copied out using secure tools (such as ftps) at any time, subject to security controls.

Following termination or expiry of the relationship:

(2) Moortec will arrange for the Moortec AWS Account(s) containing data (and other AWS resources) to be transferred to either the customer or the customer's nominated representative.

(3) Moortec will transfer the data to alternative AWS storage nominated by the customer, or

(4) Moortec will extract the data onto suitably encrypted portable media and provide that to the customer.

In any event, the Supplier will not erase customer data for 30 days following an account termination. This allows customers to retrieve content from Supplier services so long as the customer has paid any charges for any post-termination use of the service offerings and all other amounts due.
End-of-contract process
Buyer may terminate the relationship with Supplier for any reason by (i) providing Supplier with notice and (ii) closing Buyers account for all services for which Supplier provide an account closing mechanism.

Buyers pay for the services they use to the point of account termination.

Supplier customers retain control and ownership of their data. Supplier will not erase customer data for 30 days following an account termination. This allows customers to retrieve content from Supplier services so long as the customer has paid any charges for any post-termination use of the service offerings and all other amounts due.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Yes
Using the web interface
Moortec can provide a fully managed service for all Compute and Application platform resources, or provide access to secure restricted AWS environments for customers to deploy their own resources, via the: web console, CLI, SDK or API interfaces.

The web console facilitates management for all aspects of the AWS account in a consolidated view whilst providing access to all services and their respective functionalities.

In some cases, specific configuration parameters of a service are dedicated to, and only available from, the CLI, SDK, or API interface.
Web interface accessibility standard
None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible
Almost all functionality for each of our services is exposed through the web console.

The web console facilitates management for all aspects of the AWS account in a consolidated view whilst providing access to all services and their respective functionalities.

In some cases, specific configuration parameters of a service are dedicated to, and only available from, the CLI, SDK, or API interface.
Web interface accessibility testing
None
API
Yes
What users can and can't do using the API
All functionality is exposed via an API.
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
API documentation
Yes
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • Other
Command line interface
Yes
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface
Command line instructions can be issued directly to set-up and manage all AWS resources. No limitations; all funcationality is available via the CLI.

Scaling

Scaling available
Yes
Scaling type
Automatic
Independence of resources
Customer environments are logically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them.

Services which provide virtualized operational environments to customers (i.e. EC2) ensure that customers are segregated via security management processes/controls at the network and hypervisor level.

AWS continuously monitors service usage to project infrastructure needs to support availability commitments/requirements. AWS maintains a capacity planning model to assess infrastructure usage and demands at least monthly, and usually more frequently. In addition, the AWS capacity planning model supports the planning of future demands to acquire and implement additional resources based upon current resources and forecasted requirements.
Usage notifications
Yes
Usage reporting
  • API
  • Email
  • SMS
  • Other

Analytics

Infrastructure or application metrics
Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • HTTP request and response status
  • Memory
  • Network
  • Number of active instances
  • Other
Other metrics
  • AWS resources: e.g. Amazon EC2/Amazon RDS DB instances, DynamoDB tables
  • Custom metrics generated by customers’ applications and services
  • Metrics associated with log files generated by the application
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports

Resellers

Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Yes
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
User control over data storage and processing locations
Yes
Datacentre security standards
Supplier-defined controls
Penetration testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach
Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
Other
Other data at rest protection approach
Moortec relies upon the AWS options to add additional security layers to data at rest, via scalable and efficient encryption features. AWS offers flexible key management options and dedicated hardware-based cryptographic key storage.
Data sanitisation process
Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
  • Hardware containing data is completely destroyed
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Yes
What’s backed up
  • Amazon Machine Images (AMIs)
  • EBS Volumes
  • S3 Buckets
  • Elastic File Systems (EFS)
  • Databases
  • Any other repositories with builtin backup / export tools.
Backup controls
The onboarding process will identify those resources that require backups and Moortec will schedule regular automatic backups of these.

Changes to the schedule or ad hoc backups can be requested by raising a support ticket with the Moortec support portal.
Datacentre setup
  • Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
  • Multiple datacentres
Scheduling backups
Users contact the support team to schedule backups
Backup recovery
Users contact the support team

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Other
Other protection between networks
Network devices, including firewall and other boundary devices, are in place to monitor and control communications at the external boundary of the network and at key internal boundaries within the network. These boundary devices employ rule sets, access control lists (ACL), and configurations to enforce the flow of information to specific information system services.

ACLs, or traffic flow policies, are established on each managed interface, which manage and enforce the flow of traffic. ACL policies are approved by Amazon Information Security.
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • Other
Other protection within supplier network
Customer environments are logically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them. AWS gives customers ownership and control over their content by design through simple, but powerful tools that allow customers to determine how their content will be secured in transit.
AWS enables customers to open a secure, encrypted channel to AWS services using TLS/SSL, and/or IPsec or TLS VPN (if applicable), or other means of protection the customer wish to use.
API calls can be encrypted with TLS/SSL to maintain confidentiality; the AWS Console connection is encrypted with TLS.

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
Moortec relies upon the AWS SLAs for several services. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of AWS’s product offerings, these SLAs are best reviewed directly on our website via the links below:

• Amazon EC2 SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/ec2-sla/
• Amazon S3 SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/s3-sla
• Amazon CloudFront SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/sla/
• Amazon Route 53 SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/route53/sla/
• Amazon RDS SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/rds-sla/
• AWS Shield Advanced SLA: https://aws.amazon.com/shield/sla/

Well-architected solutions on AWS that leverage AWS Service SLA’s and unique AWS capabilities such as multiple Availability Zones, can ease the burden of achieving specific SLA requirements.
Approach to resilience
The AWS Business Continuity plan details the process that AWS follows in the case of an outage, from detection to deactivation. AWS has developed a three-phased approach: Activation and Notification Phase, Recovery Phase, and Reconstitution Phase. This approach ensures that AWS performs system recovery and reconstitution efforts in a methodical sequence, maximizing the effectiveness of the recovery and reconstitution efforts and minimizing system outage time due to errors and omissions.

AWS maintains a ubiquitous security control environment across all regions. Each data centre is built to physical, environmental, and security standards in an active-active configuration, employing an n+1 redundancy model, ensuring system availability in the event of component failure. Components (N) have at least one independent backup component. All data centres are online and serving traffic. In case of failure, there is sufficient capacity to enable traffic to be load-balanced to the remaining sites.

Customers are responsible for implementing contingency planning, training and testing for their systems hosted on AWS. AWS provides customers with the capability to implement a robust continuity plan, including the utilization of frequent server instance back-ups, data redundancy replication, and the flexibility to place instances and store data within multiple geographic regions across multiple Availability Zones.
Outage reporting
For IaaS services Moortec will provide access to a customised dashboard with API and events; configurable alerting (email / SMS / messaging) that is based upon the AWS dashboard.

Moortec will report an PaaS service outages via email alerts and/or SMS.

Identity and authentication

User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
  • Other
Other user authentication
AWS controls access via unique user ID/password authentication. No actions are permissible without authentication. Remote access is multi-factor, login attempts are limited, remote administrative access attempts are logged and reviewed by Security. Suspicious activity initiates incident response procedures.

A session lock out policy that is systematically enforced: locks are retained until identification/authentication procedures are concluded.

AWS’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) system controls access to AWS services/resources. IAM facilitates the issuance of access permissions per user/group. MFA is available at no extra cost.
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
IAM provides user access control to AWS services, APIs and specific resources. Other controls include time, originating IP address, SSL use, and whether users authenticated via MFA devices.

API calls to launch/terminate instances, change firewalls, and perform other functions are signed by customers’ Amazon Secret Access Key (either the root AWS Account’s Secret Access Key or the Secret Access key of a user created with AWS IAM). Amazon EC2 API calls cannot be made on customers’ behalf without access to customers’ Secret Access Ke.

API calls can be encrypted with TLS/SSL for confidentiality and customers can use TLS/SSL-protected API endpoints.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device on a government network (for example PSN)
  • Any device but through a bastion host (a bastion host is a server that provides access to a private network from an external network such as the internet)

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
You control when users can access audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
EY CertifyPoint
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
11/11/2016
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
N/A
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
Yes
CSA STAR accreditation date
11/11/16
CSA STAR certification level
Level 2: CSA STAR Attestation
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover
N/A
PCI certification
Yes
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification
Coalfire Systems Inc
PCI DSS accreditation date
11/7/2016
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover
N/A
Other security certifications
Yes
Any other security certifications
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • ISO 27017
  • ISO 27018
  • SOC 1/2/3

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Yes
Security governance certified
Yes
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards
Moortec relies upon the AWS ISO/IEC 27001 certificate for the AWS based services.
Information security policies and processes
Cyber Essentials Plus; ISO 27017; ISO 27018; SOC 1/2/3

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
Changes to AWS services and features follow secure software development practices, including security risk reviews prior to launch. Developer access to production environments is via explicit access system requests, subject to owner review and authorisation.

Teams set bespoke change management standards per service, underpinned by standard AWS guidelines.

All production environment changes are reviewed, tested and approved. Stages include design, documentation, implementation (including rollback procedures), testing (non-production environment), peer to peer review (business impact/technical rigour/code), final approval by authorised party.

Emergency changes follow AWS incident response procedures. Exceptions to change management processes are documented and escalated to AWS management.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
AWS Security performs vulnerability scans on the host operating system, web applications, and databases in the AWS environment. Approved 3rd party vendors conduct external assessments (minimum frequency: quarterly). Identified vulnerabilities are monitored and evaluated. Countermeasures are designed and implemented to neutralise known/newly identified vulnerabilities.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
AWS deploys (pan-environmental) monitoring devices to collect information on unauthorized intrusion attempts, usage abuse, and network/application bandwidth usage. Devices monitor:

• Port scanning attacks
• Usage (CPU, processes, disk utilization, swap rates, software-error generated losses)
• Application metrics
• Unauthorized connection attempts

Near real-time alerts flag potential compromise incidents, based on AWS Service/Security Team- set thresholds.

Requests to AWS KMS are logged and visible via the account’s AWS CloudTrail Amazon S3 bucket. Logs provide request information, under which CMK, and identify the AWS resource protected through the CMK use. Log events are visible after turning on AWS CloudTrail.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
AWS adopts a three-phased approach to manage incidents:

1. Activation and Notification Phase
2. Recovery Phase
3. Reconstitution Phase

To ensure the effectiveness of the AWS Incident Management plan, AWS conducts incident response testing, providing excellent coverage for the discovery of defects and failure modes as well as testing the systems for potential customer impact.

The Incident Response Test Plan is executed annually, in conjunction with the Incident Response plan. It includes multiple scenarios, potential vectors of attack, the inclusion of the systems integrator in reporting and coordination and varying reporting/detection avenues.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Separation between users

Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart
Yes
Who implements virtualisation
Third-party
Third-party virtualisation provider
Amazon AWS
How shared infrastructure is kept separate
Customer environments are logically segregated, preventing users and customers from accessing unassigned resources. Customers maintain full control over their data access. Services which provide virtualized operational environments to customers, ensure that customers are segregated and prevent cross-tenant privilege escalation and information disclosure via hypervisors and instance isolation.

Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient datacentres
Yes
Description of energy efficient datacentres
To date, we have announced nine new renewable energy projects (three wind farms and six solar farms), and these projects will deliver a total of 2 million MWh of energy annually onto the electric grid powering AWS data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (N. Virginia) Regions. The electricity produced from these projects is enough to power the equivalent of over 190,000 U.S. homes annually, which is approximately the size of the city of Atlanta, Georgia.

More information is available on the AWS and Sustainability page.

Pricing

Price
£100 an instance a month
Discount for educational organisations
No
Free trial available
Yes
Description of free trial
Introductory 12 months free. Conditions apply.

e.g. 750 hours of Amazon EC2 Linux t2.micro instance usage (1 GiB of memory and 32-bit and 64-bit platform support) – enough hours to run continuously each month

Service documents

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