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Security Trilogy: Part One – Core Data Protection

Data threats cause serious damage around the world. From the previous article, we can learn that these data threats will only continue to increase in the future. As Chief Security Officer or IT manager, you should not only worry about the threat of viruses or malicious software but also heed the costs of data restoration. A complete data security plan can protect your company from data threats.

What is Core Data Protection

Most data threats come from the external net through brute force intrusion, DDoS, or spear-phishing attacks. These threats attack core data or business services to shut down operations and induce financial loss.

Core Data Protection is the first line of defense in the data security trilogy. The purpose of this Protection is to keep any data threats away, preventing malicious software and hackers from invading core data and business services. The protection of core data can only be considered complete when the following requirements are met:

1. Prevention of external data threats - Keeping malicious software and DDoS away with external net protection methods, ensuring the safety of core data and business service.

2. Prevention of data threats from attacking core data- Locking the core data to prevent any deletion or modification by malicious software or ransomware.

3. Prevention of core data from being stolen- Encrypting the core data to make it impossible for hackers to steal any crucial data.

Achieving Core Data Protection

Simply put, achieving core data protection is to block all data threats to ensure that business services are uninterrupted, and data will not be lost.

With the rise of data threats, the importance of data security has also increased. Companies need to build an in depth-defense strategy through the security functions of storage devices, achieving maximum defense collaboration capabilities and reducing data threats to 0.

The following table displays the functions provided by different storage vendors to achieve core data protection.

Most vendors have their own ways of core data protection. The above table shows that the majority of vendors select WORM to protect their core data. WORM prevents core data from any tampering or modification, providing full protection for data. The second feature that vendors look to is Snapshot lock.

While Snapshot Lock is similar to WORM, it is used to protect snapshots of core data to achieve double protection. These two features can ensure core data full protection and are very easy to set up, making them the first choices for enterprise data security.

When we complete core data protection, we can achieve comprehensive protection. From the external connection to the core data, we can render data threats obsolete.

What to do if the data threats still happened

Since the beginning of this blog, we focused on how to prevent core data from data threats. The main purpose of prevention, once again, is to avoid downtime. However, the reality is that there is no 100% prevention strategy. In the case that a data threat occurs - do not panic. In the next post of this series which focuses on The Second Part of the Trilogy, we will discuss local fast recovery and show you how to quickly recover from cyber-attacks.

The blog post is the first in our QSAN Security Trilogy that discusses the importance of core data and the prevention of data threats. By following the QSAN Security Trilogy, you can recover quickly from an attack and avoid business downtime.

It is best to read and follow along the Trilogy in its sequential order:

Core Data Protection that you can use for preventing any data threats.

Smart Quick Recovery helps you shrink RTO to a minimum.

Offsite Recovery protects your service even when your local system is attacked.

To learn more about the QSAN Security Trilogy for ransomware, check out these additional resources: 

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