Breaking news! We won Best of Show at VMware Explore 2022 for Cohesity FortKnox, our SaaS data isolation and recovery solution. We’re thrilled we were also named the Gold Winner in the Business Continuity and Data Protection category.  

TechTarget’s Best of VMware Explore Awards recognize the most outstanding products at VMware’s annual user conference. A team of experts judged the products based on innovation, performance, ease of integration into the environment, ease of use and manageability, functionality, value, and filling a market gap. The Best of Show win for Cohesity FortKnox crossed all categories and submissions.

A true partnership

Cohesity and VMware are important technology partners, with Cohesity offering full protection for all data on VMware-based infrastructure; providing easy integration with public and VMware cloud platforms; and giving full data protection and services for VMware estate, including vSphere, VMware Cloud on AWS, VCF, VCD, vSAN, and more.

Cohesity reduces downtime and dramatically simplifies protecting mission-critical VMware workloads—something increasingly urgent in an era of rampant ransomware.

Ransomware’s pace accelerates

It’s no surprise that ransomware attacks continue to make global headlines. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, by 2031, ransomware is expected to attack a business, customer, or device every two seconds, with a cost to victims of around $265 billion annually. The reputational damage may be even costlier.

Given the cost and frequency of global cyberattacks, it’s crucial that IT and security teams isolate their critical data in an offsite location so it’s inaccessible to both internal and external bad actors. Earlier this year, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the U.S. government issued a warning, “Shields Up,” urging companies to be prepared for current and potential future cybersecurity threats. Cohesity FortKnox improves cyber resiliency with an immutable copy of data in a Cohesity-managed cloud vault via a virtual air gap. This cloud service empowers organizations to prepare for and recover quickly from attacks, with granular recovery back to the source, or an alternate location, including the public cloud. 

With FortKnox, you gain an additional layer of security against ransomware and other cybersecurity threats through geographical, network, and operational isolation. Multilayered security measures include role-based access control, multifactor authentication, encryption, and—unique to Cohesity—quorum, which requires two or more authorized users to approve critical actions such as data recoveries. Together, they make the vault data tamper-resistant.

The increasing need for data isolation to gain cyber insurance

Cybersecurity is top of mind for most organizations, including school districts. Clayton County Public Schools, in the greater Atlanta metro area, needed to meet mandates for cybersecurity insurance compliance. In order to qualify for cyber insurance, they needed to have an offsite copy of data isolated from the primary environment.

They turned to Cohesity FortKnox.

“With FortKnox, we now have an isolated, immutable copy of our critical data in the cloud without having to manage an offsite data vault ourselves, saving us a lot of time and budget that can be utilized to better serve our students and teachers,” said Kurt Pritchett, Sr., Network Engineer, Clayton County Public Schools. 

Now Clayton County Public Schools not only meets the requirements for cybersecurity insurance, it also ensures an additional layer of protection against ransomware.

To experience the benefits of Cohesity FortKnox, sign up for a 30-day free trial. 

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