Near Real-Time Recovery: The New Standard in Cyber Resilience

CEOs, CFOs, and CISOs Must Adopt Modern Data Protection Strategies

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In this edition:

  • Did You Know - Near Real-time Recovery & Ransomware Protection

  • Article Spotlight: Near Real-Time Recovery: The New Standard in Cyber Resilience

  • Artificial Intelligence news & Bytes

  • Cybersecurity News & Bytes

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 Did You Know - Near Real-time Recovery & Ransomware Protection

  • Did you know that near real-time recovery allows organizations to set customized RPOs based on their specific needs. Also, it is different for nearly every business, as some businesses require near-zero data loss, while others can tolerate longer intervals.

  • Did you know 80% of attacks in 2023, where the attack type could be attributed, were due to ransomware.

  • Did you know while Near Real-time Recovery (“NRTR”) provides high resilience, it’s essential to balance the cost of achieving near-zero RPOs with the business value of data.

  • Did you know Regular testing and validation of NRTR processes are crucial to ensure they align with organizational goals and RPO requirements.

  • Did you know organizations can apply NRTR to diverse workloads, including databases, virtual machines, and cloud-based applications.

  • Did you know unlike traditional measures that primarily emphasize prevention, modern cyber resilience acknowledges the inevitability of breaches and disruptions, instead focusing on the organization’s ability to withstand, adapt to, and recover from evolving cyber threats

  • Did you know anticipating Adverse Conditions: Cyber resiliency involves anticipating, withstanding, recovering from, and adapting to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks, or compromises on systems enabled by cyber resources.

  • Did you know building resilient systems may add costs initially, but the long-term benefits outweigh the investment.

  • Did you know that adaptive recovery means that resilient systems will recover quickly and adapt to changing conditions, ensuring uninterrupted operations.

  • Did you know that proper cyber resilience ensures business continuity even in the face of disruptions.

Latest Article: Near Real-Time Recovery: The New Standard in Cyber Resilience

Why CEOs, CFOs, and CISOs Must Adopt Modern Data Protection Strategies

Imagine this: A devastating ransomware attack strikes your organization. Your critical systems are paralyzed, data is inaccessible, and the clock is ticking. The pressure is immense; every passing minute translates to potential revenue loss, reputational damage, and operational chaos. This is a nightmare scenario that C-level executives, especially CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CIOs, and CISOs, dread. The traditional 3-2-1 backup approach, once a reliable safeguard, now seems inadequate in the face of sophisticated cyber threats. I have performed nearly 100 Incident Response and Business Continuity Tabletops in the last two years or so for both public (many part of critical infrastructure) and private sectors (financial services, health care, and technology) customers while at Netsync, and let me just say there is a massive, almost tsunami size need for better response and faster recovery capabilities.

But there is hope, as near real-time recovery is not just a concept; it is an achievable and reasonably affordable reality that can transform your organization's resilience against ransomware and cyberattacks.

The Dire Reality of Cyberattacks

In the first half of 2024, ransomware attacks have surged, with the average extortion demand per attack now exceeding $5.2 million, up from $4.24 million in 2023, including ransom payments, recovery expenses, and lost business. New groups like RansomHub have emerged, surpassing previous activity levels. This surge by cybercriminals is targeting organizations indiscriminately, as there is so much opportunity for them, especially for businesses relying on traditional backup and restore methods, which involve creating multiple copies of data stored in different locations, as they can be painfully slow and unreliable. In an era where downtime is unacceptable, executives need solutions that ensure minimal disruption and rapid recovery.

The Power of Near Real-Time Recovery

Near real-time recovery offers a robust solution to the challenges posed by ransomware and cyberattacks. Organizations can achieve swift data recovery and resume normal operations by leveraging robust technologies from Pure Storage, Rubrik, and Cohesity. Let's explore at a high level (there is a lot more to them) how these companies' solutions can revolutionize your organization's disaster recovery strategy.

Pure Storage: Accelerated Data Recovery

Pure Storage provides a high-performance data storage solution designed for near real-time recovery. Their FlashArray and FlashBlade technologies enable organizations to restore data quickly and efficiently.

High-Level Framework and Architecture:

· FlashArray: Provides all-flash storage with rapid read/write capabilities, ensuring that critical data can be accessed and restored without delay. It leverages NVMe storage technology for exceptional performance.

· FlashBlade: Designed for unstructured data, offering massive parallelism and fast recovery times for large data sets. It supports scalable file and object storage, enabling swift access and restoration of data.

Additional Architecture Details:

Air-Gapping: Pure Storage integrates air-gapping features to isolate critical data backups from network access, preventing ransomware from compromising backup copies.

Hypothetical Use-Case:

Imagine a financial institution hit by ransomware. The institution's transactional systems are down, preventing any customer interactions, trading activities, and financial services. With Pure Storage's FlashArray, the institution's critical transactional data is swiftly restored from the latest snapshot, minimizing downtime to mere minutes. The FlashBlade simultaneously recovers vast amounts of customer data, ensuring business continuity and maintaining customer trust. The CEO and COO breathe a sigh of relief as their operational resilience plan kicks into action seamlessly, preserving their company's reputation and client base.

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Create a curated list of cybersecurity resources for a given topic, audience, and expertise level: The following prompt can assist you in learning about any cybersecurity topic via a curated list of resources for any level of expertise.

#CONTEXT: Adopt the role of an expert cybersecurity resource curator. Your task is to compile a list of the top [NUMBER] [TOPIC] related resources and tools for [TARGET AUDIENCE]. The curated list should provide an overview of each resource/tool and explain its usefulness, catering to various levels of expertise within the target audience.

#GOAL: You will create a comprehensive and informative guide for the target audience, providing them with the best resources and tools available in the cybersecurity field related to a specific topic.

#RESPONSE GUIDELINES: Follow the step-by-step approach below to curate the list:

  1. Research and Selection:

    • Identify the latest, most reliable, and effective resources and tools related to the specified cybersecurity topic.

    • Ensure the resources/tools are relevant and applicable to the target audience's needs.

    • Select a diverse range of resources to cater to different expertise levels within the audience.

  2. Overview and Analysis:

    • Provide a brief overview of each resource/tool.

    • Highlight key features and functionalities.

    • Explain how each resource/tool can help address specific cybersecurity challenges or needs.

  3. Relevance and Benefits:

    • Clearly state the relevance of each resource/tool to the target audience.

    • Discuss the benefits and practical applications of using these resources/tools.

  4. Organization:

    • Organize the list in a logical order, making it easy for the target audience to navigate and understand the information.

    • Group similar resources/tools together for easier comparison.

  5. Examples and Case Studies:

    • Include concrete examples or case studies to illustrate the effectiveness and practical use of the resources/tools.

    • Provide insights based on real-world applications.

#INFORMATION ABOUT ME:

  • Number of resources/tools: [NUMBER]

  • Cybersecurity topic: [TOPIC]

  • Target audience: [TARGET AUDIENCE]

  • Expertise levels: [EXPERTISE LEVELS]

  • Specific cybersecurity challenges: [SPECIFIC CHALLENGES]

#OUTPUT: Your output will be a well-structured and detailed list of resources and tools formatted as follows:

  1. Resource/Tool Name:

    • Overview: [Brief overview]

    • Key Features: [Key features and functionalities]

    • Relevance: [Relevance to the target audience]

    • Benefits: [Benefits and practical applications]

    • Example/Case Study: [Example or case study illustrating effectiveness]

Ensure the list is clear, concise, and informative, making it easy for the target audience to understand and utilize the provided resources and tools.

Note: Any words in [Word] in brackets like that is a variable that you insert or add. Here is the format to add variable after the prompt: [Word] = Your answer for variable

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