IBM is Boosting Cybersecurity by Adding Enhanced Data Protection to Its FlashSystem

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced that their IBM FlashSystem family of all-flash arrays will now include improved data security features to help businesses better plan for – and recover fast from – ransomware and other assaults.

It’s no secret, cybersecurity is quite important in today’s business landscape. IBM is doing its part by upping security against cyberattacks. With the recent announcement of using advanced data protection capabilities, the IBM FlashSystem seems to have become even more robust. Not only does this new announcement help to thwart cyberattacks, but it would also allow for faster recovery.

IBM Safeguarded Copy

The past year has shown the advancements of cybercriminals and their ability to attack distributed data landscapes. More frequent attacks have been happening with ransomware gaining access to and encrypting corporate data. This blocks the access until a ransom is paid. SonicWall has shown that ransomware attacks have gone up by about 62%. They have shown the main cause having to do with the workforces being highly distributed due to the pandemic. Compared to 2020, so far this year, the attacks are up 116%.

IBM announced using IBM Safeguarded Copy for the IBM FlashSystem to help fortify their enterprises. Protecting data has become more and more necessary. Safeguarded Copy makes data more secure than ever before making it harder to access or alter without authorization. If a data loss does happen or a data breach, recovering is much faster due to the immutable snapshots built into the system.

A Two-Pronged Approach

Photo Denis Kennelly, General Manager, IBM Storage
“Protecting against ransomware and other forms of malware requires a two-pronged approach to resiliency that involves automated protection and rapid recovery,” said Denis Kennelly, General Manager, IBM Storage.

It’s not enough to just protect against malware or ransomware. Recovering is another very important part of cybersecurity. Standardizing modern data protection software helps to ensure both protection and recovery are much faster and better. The Safeguarded Copy makes this possible with the IBM FlashSystem.

It’s necessary to stay ahead of the cybercriminals and threats today. This is especially important at local municipal levels. From educational systems to public service systems, cyberattacks are on the rise. Continuous operations are very much necessary and data protection helps to ensure operations run smoothly. SafeGuarded Copy is a new way to secure operations and recover faster if a cyberattack does happen.

“Protecting against ransomware and other forms of malware requires a two-pronged approach to resiliency that involves automated protection and rapid recovery,” said Denis Kennelly, General Manager, IBM Storage. “That’s why we’re standardizing our modern data protection software, Safeguarded Copy, across our portfolio, bringing even more cyber resiliency to IBM FlashSystem. Cyberattacks are on the rise, but data can be protected and restored when you are prepared.”

IBM Security QRadar

IBM also announced that Safeguarded Copy can be integrated with IBM Security QRadar. QRadar will help to monitor activities and look for signs of an attack, such as the login attempt of an unauthorized person. With the proactive ability of Safeguarded Copy and QRadar, even better protection is available at the first sign of a cyberattack.

Another announcement from IBM involving hybrid clouds was also made. They announced their plans to roll out the new IBM Storage as a Service in the fall of 2021. This type of storage will allow the customer a faster way to integrate hybrid cloud storage and eliminate the need for the high capital expense upfront.

The ultimate goal will be to make IBM Storage as a service available across Europe and North American in September. The offering will be expanded in the future and will also include the IBM Storage Utility Service and IBM Cloud Storage Services.

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