AI on Enterprise Storage fights ransomware in real time

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NetApp is one of the first to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) directly into primary storage to combat ransomware in real time. The new features ensure that both primary and secondary data in the company is protected from ransomware - regardless of their location on-premises or in the cloud.

The number of ransomware victims has increased by 90 percent, with Germany in fourth place behind the USA, Canada and Great Britain. Critical infrastructure and supply chains are particularly frequently attacked. Therefore, according to the NetApp 2023 Data Complexity Report 87 percent of C-suite and board-level executives ranked ransomware as a priority. When cybercriminals breach perimeters and networks or engage in identity theft, storage becomes an organization's last line of defense.

Better AI – more resilience

With attacks on the rise, companies must not only protect their data, but also quickly resume business operations after successful attacks. To increase customer resilience, NetApp leverages the power of AI: users are assured that their data is protected and accessible at all times. “We take an aggressive and proactive approach to protecting our customers’ data from cyber threats. We can do this with AI,” says Marc Kleff, Director Solutions Engineering at NetApp Germany. “NetApp is the first storage provider to explicitly protect its data storage offerings against ransomware with financial guarantees.” This leadership position is now set to be further expanded with new updates.

The most important updates for privacy, security, governance and compliance

  • ONTAP Autonomous Ransomware Protection with Artificial Intelligence (ARP/AI)

will lead the next generation of real-time enterprise storage protection against ransomware. Three years ago, NetApp was a pioneer in autonomous, real-time detection of ransomware directly in primary enterprise storage. Today, the company is integrating the use of adaptive AI/ML models into primary corporate storage. These models examine file-level signals in real time and detect even the latest ransomware attacks with a precision and recognition rate of over 99 percent. A technology preview of ARP/AI will be available soon.

  • NetApp BlueXP Ransomware Protection

The public preview of NetApp BlueXP provides a centralized control plane for end-to-end workload-specific ransomware defense. With a single click, organizations can identify and protect critical workload data and respond precisely and automatically to a potential attack. Workloads can be restored in minutes.

  • Application-specific ransomware protection via NetApp SnapCenter 5.0

SnapCenter 5.0 extends NetApp's immutable ransomware protection to application-specific backups. SnapCenter 5.0 supports key ONTAP features such as immutable snapshot copies, SnapLock for volumes and SnapMirror business continuity and extends to AFF, ASA and FAS systems as well as the cloud.

  • NetApp BlueXP Disaster Recovery

is now generally available. It seamlessly integrates with VMware infrastructures and provides storage options for on-premises environments and leading public clouds. This comprehensive solution eliminates the need for a separate standby disaster recovery infrastructure, thereby reducing costs. Failover and failback processes are simplified and allow smooth transitions between VMware infrastructures on-premises or in the public cloud.

  • NetApp Keystone Ransomware Recovery Guarantee

It extends NetApp's existing ransomware recovery guarantee to the leading storage-as-a-service offering NetApp Keystone. With this guarantee, NetApp ensures the recovery of snapshot data in the event of a ransomware attack. If the data copies cannot be restored by NetApp, compensation will be paid.*

Storage – Backbone for AI-powered ransomware defense

“Cybersecurity teams today face the daunting task of protecting their organizations’ data from ever-evolving threats,” said Archana Venkatraman, Research Director, Cloud Data Management, IDC. “This is especially true for ransomware.” NetApp's approach to providing a secure, unified storage infrastructure makes storage the foundation for efficient ransomware defense and reduces the burden on cybersecurity teams. “As organizations look to strengthen their cyber resilience and shift protection,” says Venkatraman, “they will increasingly turn to providers that take a secure-by-design approach and develop unified storage and data services.”

This is also confirmed by Derek Elbert, Solutions Architect at WWT. “By using NetApp in our Advanced Technology Center, we have significantly simplified our replication process for VMware virtual machines and underlying datastores to meet or exceed recovery benchmarks,” he says. Additionally, WWT successfully creates recovery policies for cloud volume workloads or virtual machines without an existing DR strategy - all managed via NetApp BlueXP. Elbert: “This changes the way we do disaster recovery for VMware.”

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