Until recently, cyberattacks could be compared to break-ins, thefts, or burglaries. Someone or a group of people would bypass your cybersecurity systems, get inside your network, and steal valuable data, like a group of thieves breaking through a vault door to get the cash inside.
As such, many organizations focused on bolstering their network security: better firewalls, more secure encryption, and other defenses to keep bad actors out.
That’s no longer enough. Tech research and consulting firm Gartner summed up the situation in a paper last year titled You Will Be Hacked, So Embrace the Breach: “Cybersecurity breaches are inevitable, but many security and risk management leaders still think they can prevent all hacks by throwing people and money at their defenses. Instead of striving so hard to prevent breaches, they should focus on resilience,” ensuring they can recover their files in the case of a breach.
Simple Backups Don’t Go Far Enough
Data protection and backup solutions have been a core function of IT operations for many decades. Many organizations make regular use of backups to enhance their resilience in case of system failures, human error, or as part of a data recovery strategy.
But a simple backup is not enough to keep pace with the sophistication of modern intrusions. For one thing, network intrusions are not one-and-done, get-in-and-get-out operations anymore. A report from CyberReason in 2022 found that 63% of organizations which had suffered a network attack in the last 12 months had bad actors present in their network for up to six months before they were detected.
Today’s cyberattacks are as sophisticated as our defenses. Many attackers know of the existence of backups and data protection systems and will target them first or at the same time as they hit the main network. After spending months inside the network and gathering administrative IDs and root-level access, they will have complete access to virtually all systems.
Immutable, Air-Gapped, Intelligent Recovery Needed
Many of these cyberattacks are ransomware attacks. Imagine rather than digital robberies these are more like digital kidnappings. When the attackers gain access, they encrypt data anywhere on the network, and offer the decryption key in exchange for a monetary ransom. Considering how costly the loss of data and inability to carry on the organizations primary business or service can be, many companies are tempted to pay the ransom. The trouble is this doesn’t usually result in a good outcome. In that same CyberReason report, it was found that 90% of enterprises were never able to recover 100% of their data after they paid the ransom.
The only real option is to effectively recover. But how is that possible against attackers with root and administrative-level access to the entire network?
A cyber recovery solution is the key to an effective and comprehensive recovery and a critical component of your overall cyber resiliency. There are three crucial attributes organizations should look for in the ideal cyber recovery solution:
Immutable Solutions Prevent Initial Alterations
An immutable solution limits the ability of intruders to make changes to backup files. Examples of this could be a retention lock on data stored on a Dell Data Domain, or employing multi-administrator verification, as bad actors often rely on scripts and automation and may not easily overcome multi-administrator verification requirements. The right combination of technologies ensures that intruders are not able to alter your backups, no matter which credentials they have obtained.
Isolated Solution Limits Window of Opportunity for Attackers
Preventing any access to backups is ideal. Since firewalls can be breached, a better method of preventing access is to physically prevent it. An air-gapped and isolated vault significantly limits the risk of a network breach.
Intelligence Helps Seal Gaps
An intelligent solution makes it easier to detect potential breaches before they become a major problem.
Even the most diligent cybersecurity professional can’t dig through and verify the massive reams of data many enterprises generate regularly. Many enterprises turn to solutions that can scan the metadata of files to check for the large-scale changes that are indicative of a cyberattack. But many key indicators, such as mass changes in filenames or file contents, require software that can dig through the files themselves and analyze them intelligently to catch a potential breach. As such, businesses need a solution that goes beyond just the metadata to provide the warning signs of a potential attack.
Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery Covers All Bases
Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery enables enterprises to quickly identify suspicious activity and isolate critical data, minimizing the disruption caused by a cyberattack. Accelerated data recovery minimizes downtime and ensures the swiftest possible return to normal operations.
PowerProtect Cyber Recovery is the first solution that fully integrates CyberSense, an intelligent layer of protection that uses machine learning (ML) to help enterprises find corrupted data when an attack penetrates the data center. Its innovative approach provides full content indexing, analyzing over 100 content-based statistics and detecting signs of ransomware with 99.5% confidence. Enterprises can protect business-critical content while identifying threats and diagnosing attack vectors.
Restore and recovery procedures post-attack are just as important as weathering the attack itself. PowerProtect Cyber Recovery provides automated recovery that is integrated with your incident response process, as well as analysis from the incident response team to determine the root cause of the breach. CyberSense also lists the last good backup sets created before data was compromised and provides post-attack forensic reports, allowing enterprises to better understand the scope of the attack. When enterprises are ready to launch their recovery, Cyber Recovery automates the creation of restore points, performs the recovery, and provides management tools for IT teams to use as well.
Find the Right Solution With the Right Partner
At Stoneworks Technologies, we partner with best-in-class solution providers like Dell Technologies to ensure your enterprise has the best cybersecurity solutions available to protect your network and your data. Our team has decades of experience delivering advanced IT solutions that enable commercial enterprises and government organizations to optimize operations. And our IT experts have the certifications and security clearances required to work in sensitive classified environments.
Our deep experience over 20 years ensures your cyber recovery solution meets all your requirements and leverages the best cyber protection technologies. We operate as an extension of both your team and our partners to ensure your desired outcomes are met.
Find out more about Dell’s PowerProtect Cyber Recovery system here. And reach out to us today to talk to one of our team members and learn how we can help you set up an immutable, isolated, and intelligent cyber recovery solution.