The latest version of Kasten K10 includes a new feature to protect Kubernetes environments from ransomware attacks. The feature, called data immutability, is the most significant update to Kasten K10 since Veeam acquired Kasten last year, Veeam claims.
The ransomware protection is part of Kasten K10 v4.0. The platform adds additional data management capabilities for administrators of Kubernetes clusters. These capabilities include options for backups, regulatory compliance and moving data to another environment if necessary.
Kasten K10 already offered some security measures against ransomware, but with data immutability, this protection becomes even stronger. It stores data in such a way that it can still be read but cannot be modified or deleted. This prevents the data from being compromised in the event of a ransomware attack. It also prevents employees from accidentally deleting important data.
Other new features
Another new feature is the ability to set data policies per application. Integrations with other ecosystems have also been improved. There is now support for the HPE Ezmeral Container Platform, Nutanix Karbon, Red Hat OpenShift, Microsoft Azure Stack and backup to NFS storage.
20 billion dollars to ransomware
“Ransomware is one of the most pressing enterprise issues. The most conservative estimates put global ransomware losses upward of 20 billion dollars in 2020. These attacks increasingly target Kubernetes users since container adoption has become a prerequisite for IT modernization and digital transformation,” said Niraj Tolia, President and General Manager of Kasten by Veeam. “Malicious actors know that rapid development, gaps in install, and ongoing backup and operations issues can be easy threat vectors for ransomware. The new ransomware data protection capabilities in Kasten K10 plug these gaps, providing an extremely effective defence against ransomware attacks in Kubernetes environments.”
Kasten owned by Veeam
Veaam acquired Kasten last fall. Seeing an increase in container and Kubernetes usage, the company decided to bring Kasten’s expertise in backup and disaster recovery for Kubernetes in-house.