"With Cohesity, we can answer ‘yes’ to new requirements for cybersecurity insurance – yes, we have immutable backups, keep a copy in the cloud, use MFA, and require multiple administrators to approve changes to backups. Without those capabilities our insurance premiums would be much higher, if we could get insurance at all."
Matt Logan, CIO, Pearl River Community College
At a Glance
Colleges have become popular targets for identity theft and ransomware attacks. To protect student information and keep operations running smoothly during disasters, Pearl River Community College (PRCC) wanted a virtual air-gapped backup copy isolated from its network and selected Cohesity FortKnox, a Cohesity-managed cloud vault hosted in AWS.
An uptick in cyberattacks on colleges, including one that hit PRCC, prompted IT leaders to add another backup in a third location isolated from the college network. The IT team also wanted stronger access controls, including MFA and a requirement that at least two people approve critical actions.
Pearl River Community College selected Cohesity FortKnox, a Cohesity-managed vault in AWS Cloud and Cisco UCS servers on campus for the college backups. They use Cisco SecureX integrated with Cohesity to discover potential ransomware attacks sooner.
Now the college has two immutable backup copies: on Cohesity DataProtect on campus, and on Cohesity FortKnox, in AWS Cloud. Moreover, the backups are complete in a fraction of the time and the IT team has peace of mind knowing they can quickly restore backup data and virtual machines from FortKnox in the event of a cyberattack or disaster affecting backups in the datacenter.
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