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VAST Data and Commvault Strengthen Partnership



VAST Data and Commvault have announced a new, significant investment in their strategic alliance as the two companies embark to deliver more tightly integrated data protection and security solutions to customers and partners. The first milestone in this multistep initiative to integrate Commvault’s enterprise-class data protection software suite with the VAST Data Platform will be to deliver a co-engineered solution for the needs of the ransomware era, based on real-world customer deployments, intended to maximize the recovery of critical data assets protected by Commvault data protection software on VAST infrastructure.

Combining Commvault’s next-generation active defence and automation data protection capabilities with the scale and performance of the VAST Data Platform, the two companies will provide a robust, highly scalable and performant solution designed to help enterprise customers return to business following a data loss event like a ransomware attack. “VAST has emerged as an industry trailblazer and Commvault is proud to have a strong technology and strategic alliance to enable customers to build cyber-resilient infrastructure with our co-designed scalable data protection solution,” said Alan Atkinson, Chief Partner Officer at Commvault. “Through this partnership and our upcoming joint offering, we’re helping solution and service providers and their customers to protect, secure, and ultimately recover their data at a much faster rate – keeping their business up and running, even in the wake of an attack.”

Together, this new validated design from VAST and Commvault will offer differentiated capabilities that help organizations keep data secure with built-in protocols that drive compliance, detection and monitoring to increase visibility and accelerate response times, and first-class recoverability to thwart data loss, restore quickly and maintain business continuity. These capabilities include:

  • Rapid Restores – By architecting Commvault’s platform to take advantage of VAST’s all-flash read performance, this validated design will optimize instant recovery with a fast, space-efficient, highly scalable system that removes data silos to safeguard data wherever it is across clouds, data centres, SaaS apps, containers, and the edge.
  • Continuous Operations– With VAST’s unique ability to run production and backup workloads on the same cluster, Commvault can enable enterprises to instantly return their most critical applications and workloads to normal operations by eliminating the need to perform time-consuming restore processes.
  • Reduced Threats– Commvault and VAST’s secure, comprehensive data protection solutions leverage advanced security features like Commvault’s Metallic ThreatWise, multi-factor authentication, administrative workflows, Object Lock, and VAST’s Indestructible Snapshots. With rich security integrations, real-time data infrastructure and leading security tools to accelerate incident response, automate countermeasures, and connect IT and security teams, Commvault and VAST are helping organizations to surface zero-day, unknown, and insider cyber threats, further mitigating exposure to bad actors and Ransomware attacks.
  • Flexible Economics – The consumption models within the upcoming jointly validated design allow customers to consume data protection as it suits their business – without compromise. This flexible model simplifies the procurement process for both customers and partners by detailing the bill of material required. Combining Commvault deduplication and compression with VAST’s Similarity-based data reduction, the solution delivers network bandwidth reduction and superior storage savings to offer a cost point equivalent to HDD-based backup appliances, with over one hundred times better restore performance.

VAST and Commvault are already helping customers and partners like Expedient deliver an industry-leading service level agreement (SLA) to their own customers, without the conventional expense associated with legacy infrastructure. “Expedient is partnering with VAST and Commvault to deliver to our customers the most innovative IT solutions in the market,” said Bryan Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Expedient. “Through these partnerships, we’re improving the performance, reliability, and scalability for our customers, resulting in a higher service level, improved recovery time and ultimately better business outcomes for the short and long term.”

“This is a great step in our continued partnership with Commvault, bringing organizations a joint solution that provides protection and recovery from ransomware and cyber-attacks while optimizing performance, cost, and efficiency,” said Michael Wing, President at VAST Data. “Our customers and partners love our ability to recover data faster and at a lower TCO than their previous data protection solutions by reducing the amount of data stored, consolidating infrastructure, and helping them meet their sustainability goals – all while moving toward a future-proof, AI-ready data platform. This validated design that we’re currently working on together will take that to the next level, and I can’t wait to see all the great innovation that will follow.”

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ManageEngine Intros Enhanced SIEM with Dual-Layered System for Better Precision in Threat Detection



ManageEngine, the enterprise IT management division of Zoho Corporation, today unveiled the industry’s first dual-layered threat detection system in its security information and event management (SIEM) solution, Log360. The new feature, available in Log360’s threat detection, investigation and response (TDIR) component, Vigil IQ, empowers security operations centre (SOC) teams in organizations with improved accuracy and enhanced precision in threat detection.

A quality SOC ensures people, processes, and cutting-edge technology function well. However, enterprise security is made difficult by staffing shortages and solution orchestration complexities. Following recent upgrades to the security analytics module of Log360 designed to facilitate SOC optimization through key performance metric monitoring, the company has focused on addressing pressing challenges in security operations.

“In a recent ManageEngine study, a majority of respondents revealed that their SOCs are understaffed. These resource-constrained SOCs grapple with significant obstacles, such as process silos and manual investigation of alerts, which are often non-threats, low-priority issues or false positives. These lead to extended detection and response times for actual threats. To overcome these challenges, we recognize the imperative adoption of AI & ML for contextual event enrichment and rewiring threat detection logic,” said Manikandan Thangaraj, vice president at ManageEngine.

“We pioneered a dual-layered, ML approach to heighten the precision and consistency of threat detection. First, Vigil IQ ensures genuine threats are discerned from false positives. Second, the system facilitates targeted threat identification and response. This advanced system significantly improves the accuracy of identifying threats, streamlining the detection process and allowing SOC analysts to focus their valuable time on investigating real threats.”

Key Features of the Dual-Layered Threat Detection System of Vigil IQ in Log360:
Smart Alerts: Vigil IQ, the TDIR module of Log360, now combines the power of both accuracy and precision in threat detection. With its dynamic learning capability, Vigil IQ adapts to the changing nature of network behaviour to cover more threat instances accurately. It will spot threats that get overlooked due to manual threshold settings, thereby improving the detection system’s reliability.

Proactive Predictive Analytics: Leveraging predictive analytics based on historical data patterns, Vigil IQ predicts potential security threats, facilitating the implementation of proactive measures before incidents occur. This predictive intelligence drastically reduces the mean time to detect (MTTD) threats.

Contextual Intelligence: Vigil IQ enriches alerts with deep contextual information, providing security analysts with comprehensive threat insights. This enrichment of alerts with non-event context accelerates the mean time to respond (MTTR) by delivering pertinent, precise information.

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Proofpoint Appoints Sumit Dhawan as Chief Executive Officer



Proofpoint has announced that Sumit Dhawan has been appointed chief executive officer, effective immediately. Rémi Thomas, Proofpoint’s chief financial officer, who has been acting as Proofpoint’s interim CEO since October 25th, will continue to serve as the company’s CFO. “The Proofpoint board of directors could not be more excited to partner with Sumit as he joins Proofpoint to usher in a new stage of growth,” said Seth Boro, managing partner at Thoma Bravo. “Sumit brings a wealth of valuable experience and expertise in building category-leading, scaled companies and businesses. We are confident his customer-centric passion and strong legacy of leadership will continue to carry Proofpoint’s mission forward in providing people-centric cybersecurity solutions that address some of the most challenging risks facing organizations today.”

Dhawan is a highly respected and seasoned technology leader with a proven track record of building market-leading security, cloud, and end-user computing businesses. In his most recent role as president of VMware, Dhawan was responsible for driving over $13B of revenue and led the company’s go-to-market functions including worldwide sales, customer success and experience, strategic ecosystem, industry solutions, marketing, and communications. Before that, he was chief executive officer of Instart, a cybersecurity business delivering innovations in web application security services. He has held senior executive and general management roles at both VMware and Citrix and has successfully established category-leading businesses at scale.

“Over the years, Proofpoint has built an exceptional brand and is trusted by some of the world’s leading organizations as their cybersecurity partner of choice,” said Sumit Dhawan. “I’m honoured to join a leader at the forefront of cybersecurity innovation and to shepherd its continuing and unwavering commitment to helping organizations across the globe protect people and defend data.”

Proofpoint recently announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Tessian, a leader in the use of advanced AI to automatically detect and guard against both accidental data loss and evolving email threats. Tessian’s cloud-native, API-enabled inbound and outbound email protection solution will extend Proofpoint’s award-winning offering to address the most frequent form of data loss including, misdirected email and data exfiltration.

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Google Clarifies the Cause of Missing Google Drive Files



Many Google Drive users recently experienced the unsettling disappearance of their files, prompting concerns. Google has now identified the root cause, attributing the issue specifically to the Google Drive for Desktop app. While assuring that only a limited subset of users is affected, the tech giant is actively investigating the matter and promises timely updates.

To prevent inadvertent file deletion, Google provides the following recommendations:

  1. Avoid clicking “Disconnect account” within Drive for desktop.
  2. Refrain from deleting or moving the app data folder, located at:
    • Windows: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS
    • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/DriveFS
  3. Optionally, create a copy of the app data folder if there is sufficient space on your hard drive.

Before Google officially addressed the issue, distressed users took to the company’s support forum to report deleted files. One user from South Korea highlighted a particularly severe case where their account reverted to May 2023, resulting in the loss of anything uploaded or created after that date. Additionally, the user emphasised that they had not synced or shared their files or drive with anyone else.

As Google delves deeper into resolving this matter, affected users are advised to heed the provided precautions. The company’s commitment to ongoing updates reflects its dedication to swiftly addressing and rectifying the situation. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive measures to safeguard digital data, especially as users navigate cloud-based platforms such as Google Drive.

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