Cyberthreats – like ransomware – are global businesses staffed by malicious actors, state-sponsored hackers, and criminal syndicates looking to exploit any weakness. And business is booming considering that approximately 66% of businesses have experienced a cyberattack over the past 12 months. Yet, while many companies boast ransomware panaceas and their unique ability to solve these security problems, it is not so cut and dry.
The answer is not more bolt on tools which just adds more security gaps and ultimately brings more risk to your business.
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For starters, today’s environments are complex. Not only is your organization hybrid and global, but you’re managing more data, applications, and technologies strewn across on-premises systems, cloud services, SaaS environments and more. And it all needs protecting. Even software vendors themselves have struggled to keep pace with sprawling data estates, adding point and niche solutions to ramp up workload support and technical capabilities to patch holes and gaps in their own portfolio. This just creates complexity you don’t want or need. After all, the more disparate, bolt-on tools you use to manage your data protection strategy and your security protocols, the wider the gap and greater the vulnerabilities for attackers to exploit.
Next, in the face of ransomware and other zero-day attacks, the lines between IT and Security are not only blurring but converging. While traditional security approaches and applications are essential for any business, attacks are faster, stealthier, and more evasive than ever before. Relying on perimeter defenses alone is not sufficient in the face of this ever-evolving threat landscape. Companies need to embrace a unified, multi-layered approach. One where security and data protection interweave for comprehensive ransomware protection. This includes preventive and proactive measures to actively defend data (not just recover it) and to stay resilient from advanced threats and data loss threats. This will help you stay ahead of modern cyber threats, further harden defenses, and expedite response when facing a cyber incident.
And last, but not least, IT and Security teams are overburdened with the complex task of managing multiple security tools and their intricate integrations. This is especially challenging because teams often live in separate systems, adhere to their own processes, and behold unique responsibilities to the business. Removing barriers between these departments can also be challenging due to organizational priorities and limited resources. In addition to keeping data secure, compliant, and recoverable, next-generation data protection can help unify these functions. Proactive threat detection and security system integrations equip businesses with new tools to surface attacks faster and organically connect disparate workflows, people and systems. Not only does this help improve security postures but it also increases visibility, coordination, and the response between departments to minimize the blast radius and accelerate response and recovery operations.
BRIGMAN, Z. (2023). Does your Data Protection Understand Ransomware? Available at: https://www.commvault.com/blogs/does-your-data-protection-understand-ransomware [Accessed: 10th November 2023].