A mediocre security posture is often not the result of unwillingness, but of human error. With Security Advisor, Cohesity aims to counteract this for storage clusters that customers manage themselves.

Suppliers like Cohesity are focusing more and more on data management. We wrote about that earlier this year on several occasions. Among other things, it’s about optimal management of backups and restoring them, if necessary. Cohesity’s new DMaaS services also offer this in the (AWS) cloud. However, security is becoming increasingly prominent among providers of these types of services. In particular, ransomware plays an important role here. According to a study by Check Point Software, this branch of malware grew by 93 percent in the first half of 2021. Clearly, this deserves attention.

Security Advisor: an extra pair of eyes

Cohesity has developed what it calls an architecture around handling security threats. The purpose of this Threat Defense architecture is to offer customers a relatively simple way to improve their security. Of course, Cohesity doesn’t want to take over the role of the security vendor. The intention here is to set up your environment as well as possible from a data management point of view, so that your data runs as little risk as possible. In other words, it’s about what we nowadays call cyber resilience.

Today Cohesity announced the new Security Advisor service as part of its Threat Defense architecture. It’s best to think of this as an extra pair of eyes that will look over your environment and check that it complies with the best practices that Cohesity itself has established. By the way, this is specifically about the clusters that customers manage themselves. The DMaaS cloud environments are managed by Cohesity. There the company already applies its own best practices, of course.

Score and Tips

Cohesity Security Advisor works a bit like you’re used to from, say, a password manager. It gives you a score to indicate the strength of your passwords. That is what Security Advisor basically does for the clusters that you manage yourself. Security Advisor scans your environment and checks things like configurations, but also ACL, audit logs and encryption. These are all things that are crucial in protecting data and thus in securing it. The result of the scan is a score that indicates how the environment is doing compared to Cohesity’s best practices.

With only a score you are not much further as an organization. That is why Security Advisor also makes suggestions to improve security. In other words, it shows you how you can better configure your environment. The tool also gives you insights and an overview of the situation. On the one hand by showing you in great detail how things stand with the security of your environment. On the other hand, by making all those insights centrally available. You are not bound by geographic limitations, because this all happens within the cloud-based dashboard of the Helios platform.

Price and availability

Security Advisor is part of the Helios platform. It is available immediately to users of that platform at no additional cost.

Below are some more screenshots of Cohesity Security Advisor: