Webinar to highlight the role of storage in cyber resilience

Keith Kenneth, IBM Systems Business Leader for Storage: South and Central Africa.

IBM, in collaboration with ITWeb, will host a webinar in December to explain how advanced storage solutions support cyber resilience and data resiliency.

Keith Kenneth, IBM Systems Business Leader for Storage: South & Central Africa, says data has become very important to business resiliency, so it is crucial that organizations can both protect their data from data-destroying events and recover quickly from malicious attacks and other failures that impact data.

According to the Cost of a Data Breach 2021 report, data breach costs are at record highs, costing South African businesses an average of R46 million – the highest cost in the six-year history of the report. “However, data breaches cost a lot more than money. It can take weeks for businesses to recover from an attack or other data-destroying event. It impacts compliance, reputation brand, future revenues, operations and even customers, ”says Kenneth.

“The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Report 2020 ranked cyberattacks as one of the top risks to human well-being because COVID-19 presented an opportunity for threat actors. According to the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2021, the global pandemic has given sophisticated attackers new targets, including organizations involved in the vaccine supply chain.

Organizations are taking the growing risks seriously, says Kenneth. More organizations are realizing the growing complexity as security incidents have become more costly and harder to contain due to drastic operational changes during the pandemic. Amid this complexity, organizations that have taken a zero-trust approach to security are better placed to deal with data breaches. South African organizations with a mature zero trust strategy had an average data breach cost of R29 million, which is R25 million lower than those that had not deployed this approach at all.

A recent study by Enterprise Management Associates surveyed large organizations from over 10 different verticals and found that almost all (95.1%) rated data security as a critical or very important factor in their organizations. However, implementing a unified security strategy that encompasses data security can be complex.

“Many organizations struggle to come up with a consistent approach to data resiliency because they’ve built a disparate collection of hardware and storage capacity in a hybrid environment,” says Kenneth.

Kenneth asserts that IBM FlashSystem data storage solutions can serve as the foundation for a flexible, high-performance, and cost-effective cyber resiliency approach to dramatically reduce the risk of disruption and financial loss due to user errors, malicious destruction or to ransomware attacks. With IBM Spectrum Virtualize, enterprises can extend a wide range of data services and capabilities to more than 500 IBM and non-IBM external heterogeneous storage systems, reducing both capital and operating costs while increasing the return on investment in existing infrastructure.

For business continuity, disaster recovery, and enterprise-grade cyber resiliency, IBM Spectrum Virtualize offers advanced dual-site replication and mirroring support based on IBM technologies, such as FlashCopy and Metro and Global Mirror and enhanced by the addition of IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management. The Secure Copy feature supports the ability to create cyber-resilient point-in-time copies of volumes that cannot be modified or deleted by user errors, malicious actions, or ransomware attacks. The system integrates with IBM Copy Services Manager to provide automated backup copies and data recovery.

IBM Storage for Cyber ​​Resilience provides end-to-end solutions capable of effectively preventing, detecting and responding to cyber attacks through deep integration between innovative technology and a comprehensive portfolio of software and hardware offerings.

By providing multi-layered security and highly resilient features, this portfolio can maximize data protection capabilities to help organizations significantly reduce the risk of business disruption and financial loss due to user errors, malicious destruction or to ransomware attacks, Kenneth explains.

IBM’s Cyber ​​Resilience and Data Resilience webinar will be held on December 8, describing how advanced storage solutions support cyber resilience and data resilience and how IBM FlashSystem can help organizations survive. recover quickly from cyber attacks and other disruption.

For more information and to register for this event, click on here.

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