Can cloud-native data protection solve enterprise security’s ‘M&M problem?’ | #theCUBE


No matter how many benefits the cloud has going for it, there is always that on-prem hold-out who will say, “Yeah, but what about security?” And many will concede the cloud is weaker in that area than traditional data centers — but is it? Or is the old faithful on-prem firewall a paper tiger that merely appears to block threats?

Dave Packer, VP of corporate and product marketing at Druva Inc., stated it plainly: “Ninety-nine percent of the largest breaches in the last three years have been all on-premises systems.” And,  he told Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick), host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, even the best firewall does little to bust attackers already beyond it.

“It’s kind of like the M&M problem where companies have invested really heavily in security at the parameter, but internally, it’s not as strong — there’s a lot of clear text transmission happening,” he said. This allows hackers or even people on the inside of an organization easy mobility and access to what’s in the M&M’s shell, so to speak.

Packer said that Druva is a 100 percent cloud-native storage and data protection product running on Amazon Web Services. “We look at Amazon like an operating system” providing basic database functionality, he said. But, he argued, “Amazon can’t manage legal holds for terabytes of data through the legal process; we handle that for customers.” He added that Druva helps customers with other issues, like compliance monitoring, watching out for sensitive data types like PII and PCI, and notifying admin of suspicious activity.

The result is deeper, broader data protection all over the map, not just the parameters, he said.

Packer also said that Druva stives to go anywhere with its customers, even overseas where compliance laws are becoming more complex.

He mentioned the new General Data Protection Regulation in the EU. It is stricter than the HIPAA law in the US and even gives consumers a “right to be forgotten” by companies that have collected data on them, he said.

Watch the complete video interview below:

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