Today, the biggest threat to companies is both internal bad actors and external entities trying to steal and compromise data or lock it down with ransomware. The challenge has been to stop threats or ransomware at the onset, i.e., creating preventative capabilities versus reactionary ones with Cyber Resilience.
Cybersecurity needs to work on the front end, to tell you right away when an attack happens. You can stop an “Edward Snowden level” type event with the right process and technology. You can stop bad actors right away versus waiting a few weeks and finding out that all your data is on WikiLeaks. We call this method “cyber resiliency,” where data is still flowing even though a company is under attack. Cyber resiliency provides a security platform that focuses on cybersecurity and compliance while extending zero trust into the data center by securing data where it lives. Why is this so important?
The CVS retail company breach is a good example because many of the biggest data breaches came through IP-connected chillers or PDU systems. You can’t plug all the access points in a data center and insulate them from attacks. The only way to have security at the data layer is by keeping that security point as close to the data as possible.
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A Better Security Solution with Network Attached Storage
Instead of plugging every access point in a data center, more facilities turn to network attached storage solutions. These solutions deliver storage and security capabilities in one unified area to provide information on what’s happening with the data—in real-time—with user behavior and threat detection response capabilities. In this type of active defense platform, all those pieces are built-in to deliver security features through file shares inside the NFS and SMB protocols. In addition, it’s all transparent to the end-user. They have no idea that anything’s happening in the background, while the cyber security team simultaneously receives information on who, what, when, where, and why an event is happening. Essentially, everybody who goes through that security storage door to access a file is recorded.
Longer Data Storage Is Required-This Poses A Problem
Telemetry information is coming from everywhere. Where does it get stored? How do you access it? Companies are required to store more data for longer periods, and it’s not just the legal or medical field anymore that has a seven-year mandate. You’re starting to see these data storage requirements and regulations in almost every industry. For example, the energy industry typically takes thousands and thousands of high-resolution telephone poles and hydro-dam photos, and the railroad industry photographs miles of track. All this information is now being archived for years and—is susceptible to a breach. Having a cyber-resilient, cloud-based storage system that can easily scale from one terabyte to a couple of hundred petabytes becomes an advantage. And selecting an organization such as RackTop that can install every hypervisor available creates an extreme advantage.
An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
The IT industry needs to look at prevention, not just remediation. To limit any business disruption, IT personnel need the tools to identify and watch everything all the time. Learn more about how companies, such as RackTop, offer threat detection, identify where the best restoration point is, and options for what to do with infected files or the affected users.