Comprehensive Security for Your Unstructured Data


Let Cybersecurity Awareness Month serve as yet another reminder that optimizing your unstructured storage and building out a modern cybersecurity strategy should go hand in hand to effectively defend your organization’s critical data. These massive collections of large files, graphics, videos and objects that are used to gather insights, determine trends, capture customer information and drive innovations for your organization are, not surprisingly, a profitable target for ransomware and cyberattacks.

Just take a look at the endless list of ransomware attacks in the news and you will see that most of them – from banks, hospitals and schools to police departments – involve file data. So, while your unstructured data continues to grow at an enormous pace, accounting for more than 90 percent of the data created each year per recent IDC research, so will the interest from cyberattacks.

In an ocean of vendors making claims and talking about basic levels of ransomware protection, there is only one company – Dell Technologies – that has the experience to provide comprehensive solutions for securing your unstructured data. With Dell PowerScale, the world’s most cybersecure scale-out NAS¹, and Dell ECS, the world’s most cybersecure object storage² solution you can get ahead of the attackers and secure your unstructured data reliably for the long term.

While other vendors might say they offer enterprise cyber-protection and recovery solutions for file and object data, the reality is that the majority of these products are missing some key security features and focus mainly on recovery and very little on detection and prevention. Also, many of these vendors are of the opinion that offering immutable snapshots is sufficient to fully address cyberattacks.

At Dell we believe that implementing immutable snapshots is beneficial and is something we have been doing for years. Uniquely, Dell provides a tamper-proof clock so attackers cannot roll the clock forward – a technique used to “age out” the snapshots. But snapshots alone can leave you vulnerable. Above and beyond that, you need to look for a solution that offers comprehensive security features and a secure vault or air gap technology that can fully isolate data copy from the production environment before a cyberattack happens.

For customers looking to build a robust security framework, we recommend following a NIST Zero Trust architecture framework. With PowerScale and ECS you gain tools that can be used for each of the stages – Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover – that can be applied to all the data at once, regardless of where it is located.

Graphic illustrating a holistic strategy based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

PowerScale and ECS are designed for federal-grade security with a comprehensive, continuously enhanced set of security features. For example, with the modern architecture of PowerScale you can store all your unstructured data in a single, scalable data lake. To reduce risk to this data, PowerScale

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