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How Organisations Can Go Beyond Zero-Trust With Next-Gen Threat Defence

Cybersecurity is a major concern for organisations nowadays, with executives anticipating a surge in cyber attacks. Many business leaders are particularly concerned about ransomware, what with its increasing frequency and growing sophistication, as well as the skyrocketing costs and considerable disruption to business that comes with becoming a target.

So far, this concern has proven prescient, if not chilling and alarming. In August 2021 alone, several ransomware attacks were reported in Asia, including a few that involved high-profile organisations, notably Pine Labs, Tokio Marine Insurance Singapore and the Eye and Retina Surgeons medical clinic (all in Singapore). Prior to that, in May of this year, subsidiaries of an international insurance company headquartered in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong were each hit by a ransomware attack asking for USD $20 million in ransom.

This is the new, dangerous and potentially costly reality organisations are now facing. The cybersecurity landscape of today has become riddled not only with ever-evolving threats but also by malicious actors just waiting to pounce on whoever is most vulnerable. Suffice to say, there is now a foreboding sense that an attack is inevitable and that no organisation is to be spared—whether by ransomware or any cyber incident.

Organisations Can Take Back Control from Cyber Threats

That is not to say companies are entirely powerless.

Organisations can actually fight back, so to speak but as Ravi Rajendran, Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan at Cohesity said, it is time for companies to move “from reaction to prevention.”

“As the cost of ransomware remediation is set to rise more than 13-fold to over USD $265 billion annually and attacks increase from every 11 seconds to 2 seconds by 2031, what measures can organisations implement and insurers consider to ensure ransomware holds neither party to ransom?” asked Rajendran. “As with any situation’s remedy, the best approach is prevention”.

Taking off from that point, the best approach to prevention is Threat Defense, Cohesity’s pioneering next-gen data management architecture that features modern technologies that go beyond the zero-trust model. Driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI), Threat Defense detects threats in near real-time, keeps bad actors at bay, and integrates with existing security solutions—including leaders in cybersecurity such as Thales, Trend Micro and SentinelOne—to further reinforce an organisation’s security posture.

In addition, Threat Defense can help an organisation stop unauthorised access through strict access controls like multi-factor authentication, granular role-based access control, Quorum, and more. Critically, it can also ensure that an organisation is resilient at the core by defending its backup data with a resilient architecture that includes, among other features, robust encryption algorithms, erasure coding, immutable backup snapshots and WORM (DataLock).

Strengthening an Already Strong Threat Defence

True to its goal of providing next-gen and next-level data management, Cohesity has further strengthened its vaunted Threat Defense with recent additions to the company’s Data Management-as-a-Service portfolio. These new offerings, Cohesity DataGovern and Project Fort Knox will help organisations address the latest threats and ensure both prevention and resiliency.

  • Cohesity DataGovern. This Data Security and Governance service use AI and machine-learning to automatically discover sensitive data and detect anomalous access and usage patterns that may indicate an infiltration or attack. This automated detection is critical in thwarting any attempt at exfiltrating data.
  • Project Fort Knox. This service enables organisations to maintain isolated copies of their data not just anywhere but in a Cohesity-managed vault no less. This guarantees data resiliency in the event of a ransomware attack. Project Fort Know also provides organisations with another line of defence against attackers trying to encrypt data.

Both Cohesity DataGovern and Project Fort Knox are key additions to Cohesity’s Threat Defense, which, in tandem with the company’s wide range of ecosystem partners, can help companies fight back against the latest cyber threats, including ransomware.

Indeed, threats are evolving and so are bad actors. It is time for organisations to evolve as well, and Cohesity’s next-gen offerings, like Threat Defense, can help them do just that.

To learn more about Cohesity’s next-gen offerings, please visit the company’s official website or click here to get in touch with them.

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