The struggle to secure data in an expanding digital world


Security threats, whether they are ransomware that pops up on your home computer or a denial of service attack that locks up your workplace laptop, steal time, money and peace of mind — and they’re only going to multiply.

“The attack surface has become so varied and so broad,” said Dave Packer (pictured), vice president of corporate and product marketing at Druva. Packer on Wednesday joined John Furrier, co-host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio in Palo Alto, California, during the RSA Conference held in San Francisco.

The need for a data governance structure

One of the main issues for enterprises suffering a breach is the lack of openness and sharing. Breached companies feel vulnerable and do not want to publicize that their security is demonstrably lacking. However, by not sharing what happened or how it happened, a great deal of cross-knowledge that could potentially prevent further attacks to other organizations is lost, according to Packer.

Packer said he would like to see guidelines for all-over security governance that is government-led, similar to the EU Cyber Security Strategy. Such guidelines do not appear to be important to the new U.S. administration, however, as government representatives have been absent from recent security conferences.

To provide data security and to protect its customers, Druva collects information from different data sources: mobile devices, servers and cloud applications. It brings the data together and analyzes it as the company brings it into its system. It then applies a layer of machine learning on top of that. The company is looking to give its clients early awareness of when there’s an attack, forming the second line of defense after malware detection, Packer said.

“For example, if we see a large batch of files being encrypted, then we can alert IT to take action right away,” he explained.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the RSA Conference 2017.

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