Commvault, a data protection and data management software company, is looking at enabling more companies to safeguard their data with its solutions and services.
On the sidelines of the recently concluded VSTECS CXO Tech Summit held on Oct. 18-20 in Mactan, Cebu, Martin Creighan, VP for Asia Pacific at Commvault, told Back End News that organizations in the country, especially those with critical infrastructure, should revisit their data protection and backup strategies.
With the amount of data expected to be generated due to generative AI, organizations should realize why data backup and data protection are of paramount importance by now.
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“Data is the most critical asset of an enterprise today,” Creighan said. “With a surge in cyberattacks and the ever-present threat of ransomware, companies must take data protection and cyber resiliency seriously to ensure their operations can continue even in the face of adversity.”
Commvault, with 27 years of experience, started as a backup and recovery solution provider, evolving over the last few years to enhance security and cyber resiliency capabilities for organizations.
Data security challenges
While Commvault serves all sectors, critical infrastructure industries such as banking, finance, telecommunications, and healthcare form their core client base. These sectors often deal with sensitive data, making them acutely aware of the need for robust data protection.
One of the most significant challenges faced by organizations today is the increase in cyberattacks, as evidenced by the recent spate of hacking in Philippine government institutions.
“In the last year, cyberattacks and ransomware both have increased by 83% globally,” Creighan said.
He pointed out that data protection is not just about thwarting cyberattacks. Natural disasters and system failures can also affect an organization’s data operations. Organizations with robust data recovery plans have a better chance of recovery than those without one.
With the growing shift to cloud adoption, many companies are migrating their data to the cloud. However, it is crucial to remember that data security and protection should be prioritized whether the data resides on-premises or in the cloud.
Commvault offers a comprehensive suite of solutions to support all workloads and cloud environments.
“Our technology has a single code base, regardless of whether your data is on-premises or in the cloud,” Creighan said. “This means organizations get the same capabilities, features, and user experience, regardless of where their data is stored.”
The exponential growth of data, driven in part by AI technologies, presents both opportunities and challenges. While AI can help solve problems, it also creates an explosion of data that needs to be secured. Government agencies, in particular, are concerned about managing the rapidly increasing volume of data.
To tackle these issues, Creighan advises enterprises to have a solid incident response plan and a government framework in place.
“Testing these plans is equally crucial, as it ensures the organization’s ability to recover data when needed,” he said.
Commvault is actively engaged in educating its customers about data protection and cyber resiliency. The company collaborates with partners and offers training programs to enhance knowledge and understanding.
Commvault hopes to assist large enterprises and small businesses in securing their data and making it a part of normal business operations. Creighan hopes that companies will be more proactive in developing their cyber resiliency and safeguarding their most critical asset – their data.
Image from Martin Creighan’s LinkedIn page.