Cohesity has partnered with Palo Alto Networks to integrate its Cohesity Helios next-generation data management platform with Palo Alto Networks’ Cortex XSOAR security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) platform for improved ransomware detection and recovery.

The ability to detect and take necessary precautions against cyber-attacks is required. This integration will improve cyber resilience by providing detailed automatic alerts via the AI-enabled Helios platform, which can easily detect anomalies in backup data and aid in the detection of an emerging attack. Cortex XSOAR initiates an automated playbook to triage and mitigate the impact of a potential cyber-attack after being alerted by Cohesity. Integrating a next-generation data management platform with a SOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) capability can significantly speed up threat detection and response while also lowering an organization’s risk exposure.

Brian Spanswick, CISO at Cohesity commented, “Any delay in ransomware response and recovery could result in extended downtime, data loss, and business disruption. This integration can help more effectively link data management and data security processes — key to staying one step ahead of ever-persistent ransomware attacks and improving an organization’s cyber resilience.”

Cohesity provides comprehensive anti-ransomware protection to better shield backup data from cybercriminals. The Cohesity architecture helps to ensure that backup data is immutable and cannot be overwritten. Its software, powered by AI insights, continuously monitors an organization’s data for any anomalies. In the worst moment, Cohesity can assist in locating and recovering a clean copy of data, reducing downtime, minimizing loss, and ensuring business continuity.

Alerts that are detailed and timely can help security analysts quickly determine how to respond and can help relieve stress and burnout. According to Forrester Consulting’s “2020 State of Security Operations” study, security analysts are asked to fight a fire with a garden hose. Only 47% of respondents said their organizations can handle the majority of all the security alerts they receive in a single day.

Matt Chase, director of Cortex Alliances at Palo Alto Networks stated, “The integration of Cortex XSOAR with Cohesity’s next-gen data management platform is a significant advancement in helping our joint customers protect themselves from the impact of ransomware attacks and improve their cyber resilience. The AI-powered Cohesity platform issues detailed alerts based on data anomalies. The granular quality of these alerts helps Cortex XSOAR security analysts more quickly and accurately determine the scope and severity of the incident, helping customers maintain business continuity in the event of an attack.”

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