May 19, 2022|4 min|Experts

Cohesity Data Security Professionals Can Defend Data from Ransomware and Other Threats

Certified Cohesity Data Security Professionals Are Ready to Defend Your Data

Organizations sufferered a ransomware attack every 11 seconds in 2021, according to an estimate from Cybersecurity Ventures. They also predict a new attack on a consumer or business every two seconds by 2031. There is an urgent need for highly-skilled data security professionals who can work effectively in this critically important field. According to Credly, there are almost 50,000 data security positions open in the United States alone. How do you screen candidates to identify highly skilled and reliable ones? How do you ensure that your current employees can meet your security needs for the future?

Certification Is Validation

The IT industry, like many other industries, has relied on certification programs to validate skillsets. Certification is a credential that proves the individual has specific skills or knowledge critical to a job or task. At a personal level, my most important asset is my money, so I only trust a CPA with my financials. Similarly, a company’s most important asset is data, and they should only trust certified data security professionals to keep that data safe.

Introducing the Cohesity Data Security Professional Certification

At Cohesity, we recognize this crucial requirement, and have recently launched the “Cohesity Data Security Professional” certification.

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The Cohesity Certified Data Security Professional Certification.

This certification validates that an IT professional can effectively secure the Cohesity data platform by assessing these areas:

  • Secure Data Management
  • System Hardening
  • Security Assessment
  • Network Security
  • User and Access Management
  • Threat and Ransomware Monitoring, Alerting, and Auditing
  • Incident Response and Remediation

Also, to support individuals as they learn these skills, Cohesity has launched the Cohesity Data Security Administration instructor-led course. This course is an eight-hour session building on skills for implementation and administration of Cohesity solutions in on-premises, edge, cloud, and hybrid environments. Adhering to industry security hardening guidelines and best practices, it will prepare students to:

  • Protect data from intrusion and failure with immutability, fault tolerance, and encryption
  • Understand how to protect, detect, and recover from ransomware attacks
  • Prevent unauthorized access from internal and external threats with management and data access controls leveraging features such as multi-tenancy, multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), Quorum, and role-based access controls
  • Comply with strict regulatory and compliance requirements regarding the availability and reliability of data

Students are also provided with a hands-on lab environment that is analogous to a production environment, complete with automated security assessments to validate security configuration across systems, data, and administration. Simulated attacks offer a real-world incident response capability, so successful students know how to detect and remediate attempted threats.

The Importance of a Modern Security Skillset

Education is key. You can have all the great security controls and frameworks in the world, but if you don’t have that layer of education to have people be ambassadors of security  for you, and be on that front edge and the last line of defense, the you’re going to fight a never-ending battle that will tax your systems and controls.
~ Charles Spence, Director of Security and Continuity, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

at Cohesity ReConnect
Any solution you are considering should include the ability to ensure you have skilled staff, especially when it comes to data protection and security. Relying on skills from legacy systems leaves customers vulnerable. It wasn’t that long ago when backups were a legitimate source for data recovery. But that is no longer the case because cybercriminals have figured out that once they gain access to the backup, they can control the company and demand even higher ransomware payments. So if the backup administrators are doing what they have always done, they have left the door wide open for the bad actors.

As a next-gen data management platform, Cohesity recognizes that properly trained staff are necessary to ensure that controls, safeguards, and security processes are properly and effectively implemented.  Delivering targeted training and certification is an end-to-end solution to drive customer adoption and success. Protecting and securing data is a modern-day skillset that all data protection administrators should have.

A modern skillset is critical to the individual’s career stability and growth as well. Stand out among the data protection and security experts that are in high demand by earning the crucial credentials validated in the Cohesity Data Security Professionals certification. Data security deserves the best. Your customers deserve to have a credible, trusted, and proven advisor with Cohesity Certification credentials.

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Cohesity Academy Delivers Training, Education, and Certification.

If you’re ready to begin your training or certification or would like to discuss data management education-related advice, my team and I are available at My launch blog can be found here. More information on Cohesity’s company timeline and how the business grew into what it is today can be found here.


Written by

Haley Heter

Haley Heter

Senior Director, Cohesity Academy

Haley Heter

Haley Heter

Senior Director, Cohesity Academy

As Sr Director of Cohesity Academy, Haley leads the learning organization — helping partners and customers increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities for greater performance. Haley brings 18 years of driving education and certification with high-tech companies such as NetApp, IBM, Cisco and more.

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