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Threat remediation: Mobilizing the reinforcements

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Let’s face it. No matter how strong your access controls and threat detection capabilities are, nothing can provide 100% protection against cyberattacks. Cybercriminals are smart, and where there’s a will, there’s a way. When an attacker does make it past your first line of defense, you need to have effective remediation tools and processes at the ready. The faster you can respond to and recover from an attack, the faster you can get back to business.

Send in the reinforcements

If you have confirmed that a threat is underway, the next step is to mobilize your reinforcements and send the cybercriminals packing. Unlike threat mitigation, which seeks to reduce risks, threat remediation aims to stop the risk and then remove it from your system.

Threat remediation is a three-part process: Assess the state of the attack, do whatever is necessary to contain the damage, and eliminate the threat. For example, let’s say that an unauthorized user is actively attempting to access your data. The remediation response might be to block the user and to immediately create an immutable snapshot copy in case you need it as a recovery point to help rapidly restore your data.

Afterward, it’s important to conduct a forensic analysis to determine what went wrong and to adjust your tools and processes. You don’t want to make the same mistake and open the door to another attack.

Let NetApp lead the way

As a global leader in data storage, NetApp is committed to providing data security solutions that empower your business to become cyber resilient. NetApp® technologies use AI, machine learning, and automation to enable you to respond instantly and appropriately to whatever cyberthreats come your way. NetApp ONTAP® software includes over 30 advanced data security features that help protect your company’s data, enable you to maintain compliance, and allow you to ruin a cybercriminal’s day.

Even customers with some of the most stringent data security requirements rely on NetApp technology to help remediate cyberthreats. For example:

  • A U.S. government department turned to NetApp to build a “classified cloud” to meet critical security protocols while keeping data easily accessible to authorized users. By using multitenancy, they were able to carve storage into individual pieces, making it easier to manage access controls and faster to recover if they need to.
  • Kantonsspital Winterthur, the largest hospital in Switzerland, deployed NetApp technology to build a storage infrastructure that blends performance with security to keep patient data safe. Integration of NetApp Snapshot™ technology with Cleondris SnapGuard enables a 1-hour recovery point objective and recovery in minutes.
  • To operate high-security data centers in southern Germany, noris network needs the security and scalability to keep data safe while adapting to ever-changing needs. With NetApp Snapshot copies, noris can bring back deleted files in seconds and shield backup data effectively from ransomware.

Are you ready to outsmart and outmaneuver cybercriminals and protect your data? Learn more about how NetApp solutions can help you remediate ransomware threats.

Jason Blosil

Jason is a business and marketing professional with over 20 years of product marketing, product management, and corporate finance experience. Since joining NetApp in 2008 he has been focused on SAN and NAS storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions, and cloud data services. When not in the office, you can find him cycling, cooking, enjoying time with family, and volunteering at his church and in the community.

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