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Safeguarding data from cyber-attacks using resilient technology

By J Solomon Sukumar - Associate Director and Head of Department, Recording Media, Non-Destructive Testing Solutions and Industrial Products, FUJIFILM INDIA,

Added 15 May 2024

The article provides insight into Linear Tape Open (LTO) technology, which not only protects data from cyber threats but also caters to the future needs of the digital landscape.

The rising threat of cybercrimes has become a pressing concern for organisations and governments worldwide. With the frequency and severity of cyberattacks on the rise, there is an undeniable need for robust cybersecurity strategies to shield sensitive data and ensure seamless business operations.

Cybersecurity breaches can have multiple repercussions. Cybercriminals can infiltrate sensitive information, such as financial records and personal data, which can then be misused or illicitly exchanged on hidden online platforms. Furthermore, such incidents can cause significant financial losses, legal penalties, and breaches of privacy regulations. In today's closely connected global environment, a single data breach can affect not only the organisation involved but also its customers and business associates.

According to the 'State of Application Security Report' by Indusface, over 500 million cyberattacks were reported in India during the first quarter of 2023. Such attacks impact not only financial and reputational aspects but also pose potential threats to national security. As the frequency of cyberattacks continues to surge, the importance of technology solutions that offer both strong security and resilience must not be overlooked.

The rapid adoption of digital technologies has brought about unparalleled connectivity and convenience. However, this transformation has also exposed enterprises to new vulnerabilities. Accenture's 'State of Cyber Security Resilience 2021 study revealed that a significant portion of large companies struggle to effectively prevent, detect, and mitigate cyberattacks. Considering this, it becomes imperative for organisations to bolster their cyber resilience measures and proactively avert the occurrence of critical data breaches.

To address this challenge, organisations need to invest in advanced security solutions and cybersecurity technologies. One such traditional method and technology that is gaining prominence in the realm of cybersecurity is Linear Tape Open (LTO) storage. Traditionally known as a solution for long-term data storage and archiving, this scalable tape storage solution has evolved to address the modern challenges of cybersecurity. This magnetic tape storage is highly preferred for digital archiving and data security due to its cost-effective nature and impressive performance capabilities. Additionally, it can securely store huge volumes of data over extended periods, at a significantly lower environmental cost compared to other storage solutions. It also consumes minimal electricity during the data storage process.

LTO TECHNOLOGY – A POWERFUL SOLUTION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CYBER THREATS

LTO stands out as the most efficient and dependable solution for storing the immense volumes of largely unstructured data that organisations generate every day. One of its key features is the "air gap," which provides a physical separation between data and networks. This air gap serves as a barrier that shields data from unauthorised encryption and tampering, thus minimising the risk of data loss due to cyberattacks, ransomware attacks, and other malicious activities.

Advantages of LTO Tape Storage:

Ease of Use: LTO tape storage is easy to use and eliminates the need for specialised skills.

Data Integrity: It ensures the integrity and confidentiality of data. It can isolate sensitive data from the network and store information offsite.

Scalable Storage for Massive Data: LTO tape storage excels in handling vast amounts of data. With its high capacity and scalability, it has become an ideal solution for recording, managing, and storing extensive datasets.

Environmental Benefits: LTO tape storage contributes significantly to reducing carbon emissions associated with data storage. It can mitigate CO2 emissions by up to 95 per cent compared to traditional hard disk drives.

Reduces Manual Labour: LTO tape storage reduces the need for extensive manual labour in storage maintenance.

As the global threat of cyberattacks continues to loom large, organisations are in a constant battle to fortify their cybersecurity defences. The adoption of LTO tape technology can be a strategic move in this pursuit. This technology presents a robust and impregnable solution, which not only shields data from the perils of cyber threats but also adeptly caters to the future needs of the digital landscape.

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