Surya Varanasi, CTO, StorCentric

“As companies left the four walls of their office, the pandemic drove organizations to the cloud. This, coupled with a remote workforce, has led to increased threat vectors from ransomware and internal threats. As a result, organizations should focus on controlling access privileges and enhanced backup solutions to protect their data. Organizations must ensure that users, especially system administrators, run in the least privileged mode possible while still being able to maintain productivity. Although useful, this is not foolproof as malware has proven very adept at escalating to root or admin privilege levels. To provide an added layer of security, organizations should use solutions that can provide policy-driven and scheduled data integrity checks to scrub the data for faults, auto-healing without any user intervention and replication capabilities that allow organizations to keep an additional copy of their backups on a different site. When used together, these measures will increase disaster recovery and high availability to prevent data loss from external and internal threats.”