Commvault is expanding the capabilities of its own security portfolio. In addition to a new Cloud Command interface, the backup specialist talks about ML-assisted risk analysis, automatic remediation capabilities and a threat advisor. It also comes with integrations with Microsoft and CyberArk.
As we described two years ago, Commvault has grown tremendously by specializing in backups since its founding in 1988. In the meantime, the IT landscape has changed radically, to say the least, with the movement toward cloud services being the current trend. In that area, the company plans to continue innovating to deliver on its promise of threat detection “within five minutes” versus an average of 24 hours among competitors. By the way, the company lets it know that it can provide protection in many ways: on-prem, hybrid, cloud-based and through partners.
Cloud Command: an integrated dashboard
Companies demand simplicity and visibility, so we see security vendors opting for a dashboard to keep track of everything security-wise. Commvault Cloud Command should capitalize on this. The term “low code” is not mentioned by Commvault itself, but the promise of “health-at-a-glance” is reminiscent of this greater level of accessibility. Cloud Command is based on a single code-base and brings a tool for the universal management of all Commvault services, such as Metallic. On the dashboard, users can read what risk levels apply, indicators of security and remediation options.
Next, Commvault talks about a number of specific applications to take security to the next level. These include Commvault Risk Analysis, which quarantines sensitive data or even removes it from a vulnerable location in a cloud environment. This prevents cyber exposure and potential data exfiltration, they claim.
In addition, Commvault Auto Recovery promises to eliminate quite a few headaches. This cyber-analysis tool can ensure that recovery capabilities are actually put to the test before it’s too late. We see that testing backups often simply doesn’t actually occur.
Finally, the company talks about ThreatWise Advisor, an assistant that doesn’t just work for the user. In fact, it also intelligently places “decoys” of sensitive data in backup environments to fool malicious parties.
Cloud Command should be available in the second quarter.
A different strategy and more integrations
Commvault spoke with Research Vice President at IDC Phil Goodwin to interpret what the rapid recovery capabilities offer customers. “Ransomware protection guarantees are quite in vogue and do provide important benefits. However, it’s better to have rapid, certain and accurate recovery that avoids the need for a guarantee claim.” This is clearly a different strategy than we saw from, say, Rubrik, also traditionally specializing in backups. Those offer up to $10 million in the event of any problems resulting from cybercrime. Commvault throws it at lightning-fast recovery, helped by the continuous checks to see if all backups are helping as they should.
Commvault will also partner with Microsoft and CyberArk. These parties’ security platforms will be complemented by Commvault technology to deliver automated incident response and greater insight into the threats at hand.