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Rubrik has announced that it is adding new capabilities to its Rubrik Security Cloud. With Advanced User Intelligence, the company seeks to detect user accounts that have been compromised. This should even be possible if an attack has not yet occurred.

As we highlighted in early April, Rubrik has big ambitions in security. Traditionally a backup specialist, Rubrik has pushed hard to expand Security Cloud. With the new announcement, the company is providing customers with an extra step of protection.

Rubrik doesn’t mention it itself, but Chief Product Officer Anneka Gupta said in conversation with Techzine in April that it’s important to view security as a layered system. The new solution therefore fits within the main themes of Resilience, Observability and Remediation.

Users vulnerable entry point

The new functionalities use time series data and metadata tracked by Security Cloud to detect cyber dangers proactively. Organizations should gain quick visibility into where sensitive data is, which users have access to it, how that access may have been altered and whether it poses a risk. This form of “user intelligence” should also lead to finding a root cause for a cyber-attack more quickly.

“For too long, organizations have been susceptible to cyberattacks and users have become a vulnerable entry point. Today, we announce capabilities that we believe will enable our customers to become proactive and search for areas of vulnerability to mitigate cyber risk before the attack even happens,” said Bipul Sinha, Rubrik CEO and co-founder. “With Rubrik’s industry-first advanced user intelligence designed to leverage time-series data and metadata, customers will be able to proactively fight against cyber attacks.”

Rubrik itself touts how this fits within the broad security suite it offers. It cites research conducted by its own Rubrik Zero Labs and cites that it offers a ransomware guarantee of up to $10 million (€9.2 million). In addition, Rubrik recently launched a partnership with Zscaler to combat double extortion ransomware.