Data Storage Security

Enterprise keep masses of critical business data in storage systems, file servers and cloud storage.  Misconfigurations at the data system level can result in terabytes of sensitive data becoming vulnerable to attackers. Unlike OS and network hardening, data storage security has been, by and large, neglected.

Given that an attack is a matter of when, not if: How can we ensure that core data storage systems are hardened and effectively impenetrable?

Critical business data used by many applications and databases flows through the storage network and is saved in various data storage systems – storage arrays (block, IP, object), cloud storage, virtual SAN, file servers, file systems, raw devices, appliances, and more. Stolen credentials, malware and other sophisticated forms of attack may expose data storage systems to hackers.

Organizations must ensure that core data systems are always hardened and follow all known security best practices for effectively rendering a storage system impenetrable, even under the typical conditions of constantly changing IT configurations.

Protect data storage, not just the perimeter

Organizations spend a great deal of effort securing systems on the perimeter such as, end user devices and web services. The sound rationale leading this investment is that those are internet-facing systems that are most vulnerable to attackers. Yet it’s not enough to safeguard data.

With the increased sophistication level of cyberattack, Information Security organizations nowadays assume that the perimeter may have already been breached. Therefore, securing data storage systems where petabytes of critical data lives is crucial.

Ensure critical data assets are hardened

Continuity Software’s Data Security Advisor automatically detects violations of industry security configuration best practices, organizational security baseline requirements, compliance requirements and vulnerabilities that put your critical data systems at risk. For example, Data Security Advisor analyzes:

  • Adherence to storage configuration best practices for authentication, authorization, encryption, audit logging, administrative access, services, protocols, isolation, ransomware protection and more
  • Adherence to guidelines of leading standards – NIST, CIS Control, ISO 27000 series, PCI DSS, FIPS, FFIEC, HIPAA, DISA, NYDFS and others
  • Meeting storage network and access control security recommendations (SAN zoning and masking, NAS, Virtual SAN, Server-based SAN and more)
  • Existence of vulnerabilities and exposure (CVE) at the storage system level
  • Meeting organizational security configuration baseline requirements

Enterprises using our Data Security Advisor have immediate access to updates coming from our dedicated research team as well as ongoing inputs coming from other leading enterprises that discovered and repaired misconfigurations. This singular aspect of the solution enables you to stay on top of the latest best practices for data storage security and to validate your environment meets best practices and lessons learned from comparable organizations. At the same time, it also enables you to prepare for and meet information security audit requirements.

Using Data Security Advisor, you ensure that critical data assets are hardened and meet stringent industry best practices – at all times.

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