Security

 

GridMarkets executes tasks via our partner network of secured Oracle and Google global data centers - our “suppliers”.  Platform security is generally aligned along MPAA security guidelines and specifically focuses on: network access, machine security, authentication and authorization, logging and monitoring, content management and content transfer.  Each of these areas is broken down below.

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Network Security

  • No direct outside connection to any of the VMs is permitted which greatly reduces the surface vector for any possible attack, simply by not exposing the compute nodes to the Internet.

  • Network connections to/from VMs are controlled through a local NAT on every cluster.

  • All traffic is strictly switched and confined to a designated cluster VLAN; no hubs or repeaters are used.

  • Wireless communication is not used to transfer data within the GridMarkets infrastructure.

  • All data transfers and API calls are via secure HTTPS connections (orange arrows).

 

Machine Security

  • Input/Output devices on all VMs are disabled (e.g. to prevent any unauthorized USB devices).

  • A VM instance is used only for one job & its files and is then destroyed, preventing any possibility of data being obtained by subsequent jobs by other users.

  • All jobs run with normal user permissions with no access to administrative functions on the machine.

  • Processing units are encapsulated in secure Docker containers within VMs to minimize security risks.

 

Authentication and Authorization

  • GridMarkets has no direct access to clients’ environments through the applications and plugins it provides.  These installed components only access information on GridMarkets’ systems via secure HTTPS connections - e.g. for file listings or to transfer files.

  • All access to GridMarkets’ servers is only via private keys with two-factor authentication that are not made available to anyone outside of GridMarkets.

  • Authentication is over HTTPS to both the GridMarkets “Head-end” API (https://api.gridmarkets.com) and Job Manager Portal (https://portal.gridmarkets.com).

 

Logging and Monitoring

  • Unexpected behavior can result in the shut-down of errant or all processes if deemed necessary.

  • Suppliers of server capacity can only non-intrusively monitor behavior outside the VM - i.e. only analyze resource utilization and not its purpose.

 

 

Content Management and Transfer

  • All data transfers are via GridMarkets’ purpose-built “Envoy” tool that uses industry-standard HTTPS for all transfers to & from Google’s Cloud Storage where the data resides in individual account buckets and is authenticated using Google Service Accounts.  Please see https://cloud.google.com/security/ for more information on Google Cloud’s security.  The client only needs access to this “Long-term Storage”; client firewalls only need to permit access to Google’s domain via wildcard addressing.

  • All content on suppliers’ servers is encrypted on disc with GridMarkets’ private keys (“Long Term Storage” & “Filer” above); user-specific private keys can be optionally used.

  • Only the specific project (not even account) directory is NFS-mounted by the VMs, preventing access to any other location on the Filer.

  • Content stored on suppliers’ servers is purged after a defined period of no access, or can be optionally deleted after transmission.

  • Purpose-built, secured and dedicated VMs manage the transfer of content.

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