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Gartner® Innovation Insight for Cyberstorage Solutions to Protect Unstructured Data Against Ransomware

Continuity™ is named a Representative Vendor in the October 2021 report

As Gartner explains in the report, “Cyberstorage solutions deliver active technologies to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from ransomware attacks on unstructured data storage solutions. I&O leaders must evaluate cyberstorage solutions as a new defense mechanism to protect their most critical data.”


  • Most ransomware attacks target unstructured datasets on network shares, making centralized file storage solutions an attractive target for encryption and/or data exfiltration of large amounts of data.
  • Although numerous solutions are available for endpoint protection, centralized storage lacks active protection against malicious attacks.
  • Gartner recommendation #1: Prioritize active protection of unstructured data storage systems on the grounds that limiting or blocking an attack is better than recovering from one.
  • Gartner recommendation #2: Harden your existing unstructured data storage solution by leveraging storage vulnerability management tools and following vendors best practices.
  • Gartner recommendation #3: Do not treat cyberstorage products as an alternative to backup, immutable vaults, network monitoring or disaster recovery; they are an additional layer of protection preventing large-scale data encryption and/or data exfiltration of file systems.
  • By 2025, 40% of all enterprises will require storage products to have integrated ransomware defense mechanisms, up from 10% in 2021.

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