Innovative data protection in an age of cyber threats

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Organizations are facing several data protection challenges driven by the constant threat of ransomware, the rising volume of data, and the use of emerging technologies such as AI, containers, and cloud-native apps.

The latest 2021 Dell Technologies Global Data Protection Index (GDPI 2021) revealed that IT decision makers from the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region feel that their data protection solutions may not be sufficient to cope with malware and ransomware threats.

The key APJ highlights from the 2021 GDPI

  • 67% lack confidence that all their business-critical data can be recovered in the event of a destructive cyberattack or data loss;
  • 82% felt that their enterprises’ data protection solutions were not ready for future business challenges; and
  • Lack of data protection solutions for newer technologies was one of the top three data protection challenges for organizations.

Ultimately, the 2021 Dell Technologies Global Data Protection Index illustrates a cautionary tale with regards to data protection. But it also provides a view on what can be done to address the challenges that are lowering confidence and slowing transformation initiatives.

Data protection strategies must address cyber recovery

As a result of rapid data growth and increasing cyberattacks, we are observing increased interest in innovative data protection solutions.

In my conversations with customers, I encourage them to build a data protection capability that includes three key components: data immutability, data isolation, and data intelligence. Leveraging these components ensures that critical business data is safely isolated from cyber threats and can be recovered quickly and with confidence. This promotes business resiliency and supports rapid recovery with integrity of the environment and resumption of normal business operations.

The isolation of data has been highlighted by several regulators and industry bodies as a best practice for cyber resilience. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCert) are examples of organizations that have recommended the use of isolation for backup copies.

Building cyber resiliency within an organization requires a shift towards applying an overarching strategy that enables identifying, protecting against, detecting, responding to, and recovering from cyber incidents.

To address our customers’ data protection and cyber resiliency needs, this September we announced five new software and service enhancements to our portfolio of cyber resiliency solutions:

  • Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager with Transparent Snapshots;
  • Dell EMC PowerProtect appliances with Smart Scale;
  • Dell Technologies Managed Services for Cyber Recovery Solutions;
  • Enhancements to our cyber protection offering with Superna for PowerScale; and
  • Dynamic NAS Protection, a simple, modern way to protect NAS systems.

APJ healthcare case study

The health sector has been under increasing threat that stem from rapid data growth, accelerated cloud adoption, managing legacy environments, and modernizing applications. A health organization's ability to recover systems and data with integrity in the event of a cyberattack determines their ability to deliver critical care services.

To simplify and modernize data protection for its healthcare customers, NTT leverages offerings from the Dell EMC PowerProtect portfolio including the integrated PowerProtect DP Series Appliances. These solutions coupled with APEX Flex on Demand consumption allow organizations to apply a pay-per-use experience, metered in a variety of ways. This enables NTT’s healthcare clients to consume modern data protection capabilities to protect all workloads, leverage cloud services, and scale to meet their data growth needs. Dell Technologies’ advanced deduplication technology also enables NTT to ensure their data protection offerings for healthcare are cost optimized and can protect data across multi-cloud environments in the most efficient manner possible.

The result is a simple and easy to manage modern data protection solution, delivered by NTT, that removes healthcare’s reliance on legacy tape infrastructure and accelerates their cloud strategy. Moreover, the Dell Technologies’ PowerProtect Cyber Recovery solutions combined with NTT’s cyber services ensures fast and trusted recovery in the event of a cyberattack.

As cyber threats continue to make headlines, we need not resign ourselves. New innovations in the data protection space are already providing us with clear reasons to be optimistic.

For more information on the Dell Technologies 2021 Global Data Protection Index, visit this link.

Lucas Salter, general manager, Data Protection Solutions, Dell Technologies Asia Pacific & Japan

Lucas Salter

Lucas has over 20 years of experience specializing in solving business problems with technology in the areas of security, risk, and data protection. At Dell Technologies, he leads a team of data protection specialists who work with customers to help accelerate digital transformation by focusing on the value and resilience of their data and enabling them to scale for current and future demands.   

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