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Kubernetes an Achilles heel in defense against ransomware attacks, finds Veritas research

96% of enterprises say that ransomware attacks in Kubernetes environments are a risk, yet businesses are dangerously slow to extend data protection solutions


SINGAPORE – March 16, 2022 – Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, today announced the results of a new study revealing that the majority of enterprises are underprepared to face threats against their Kubernetes environments. Kubernetes is being rapidly deployed into mission-critical environments in enterprises around the world, the research showed, with 90% of organisations expecting to deploy the technology in the next two to three years, and almost half already relying on it today. However, just 35% of organisations who have deployed Kubernetes so far have tools in place to protect against data-loss incidents such as ransomware.

The research, which gathered the opinions of 1,100 senior IT decision makers from Singapore and around the world, found that 43% of organisations who had deployed Kubernetes had already experienced a ransomware attack on their containerised environments, while a staggering 96% of respondents said that ransomware attacks on Kubernetes environments are an issue for their organisations today.

Andy Ng, Vice President and Managing Director, Asia South and Pacific Region at Veritas, said: “As organisations diversify their IT applications in response to accelerated digital transformation, the need to quickly innovate at scale while maintaining a strong IT security posture is paramount. Kubernetes has emerged as a convenient solution, as it is easy for enterprises to deploy, and quickly improves affordability, flexibility and scalability. However, the data protection strategies in Kubernetes environments have not evolved in parallel with deployment. With close to two-thirds of their mission-critical Kubernetes environments completely unprotected from data loss, Kubernetes has become the Achilles heel in the organisation’s ransomware defense strategy.”

Siloed solutions

Organisations are missing the opportunity to deliver rapid protection to these at-risk data sets by failing to extend their existing data protection from their traditional workloads out across their containerised environments. Just 44% of organisations are currently following this model while the rest are complicating their protection environments with stand-alone products for some, or all, of their Kubernetes protection. They are doing this despite the fact that all respondents believe that there would be benefits to taking an integrated approach. This could be because 32% of respondents said that they know little or nothing about solutions that could protect data across traditional, virtual and Kubernetes environments.

The biggest risks associated with siloed data protection solutions were identified by the research as ‘a more complex or lengthy data restore process after a data-loss incident’ and ‘increased time required to manage multiple solutions’ Meanwhile the most compelling reasons amongst respondents for adopting a single solution to protect data against data loss and ransomware attacks were ‘a simplified restore process’ and ‘a single place to manage protection data’.

More protection in the future

The research shows that organisations expect to be able to achieve better protection of their Kubernetes environments over time, with 15% of organisations believing that ransomware will not be an issue here five years on. This aligns with an increased focus on the roll out of protection solutions for containerised data. In five years’ time, 98% of organisations expected to have data protection in place for their mission-critical Kubernetes environments. 59% of organisations expect that future investment in their protection infrastructures will leave them “very well prepared” for ransomware attacks on Kubernetes environments in the next five years.”

Ng continued: “The rise of hybrid working world has created the demand for multi-cloud flexibility, with an increased deployment of Kubernetes. As organisations seek to realise the full benefits of Kubernetes, cyber criminals are also relentlessly targeting Kuberbetes as a potential breach point. It is imperative for organisations to strengthen their cyber resiliency, before more and more ransomware variants emerge over that time to target Kubernetes and take advantage of this Achilles heel.”

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About the research
The study was conducted by Opinium Research between 7-20 February 2022 in 11 key markets across three regions – the Americas (the USA and Brazil), Asia-Pacific and Japan (Australia, China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea) and EMEA (France, Germany, UAE and the UK) – using questionnaires submitted by 1,100 IT decision makers in organizations with over 1,000 employees.

About Veritas
Veritas Technologies is a leader in multi-cloud data management. Over 80,000 customers—including 87% of the Fortune Global 500–rely on us to help ensure the protection, recoverability, and compliance of their data. Veritas has a reputation for reliability at scale, which delivers the resilience its customers need against the disruptions threatened by cyberattacks, like ransomware. No other vendor is able to match Veritas’ ability to execute, with support for 800+ data sources, 100+ operating systems, 1,400+ storage targets, and 60+ clouds through a single, unified approach. Powered by our Cloud Scale Technology, Veritas is delivering today on its strategy for autonomous data management that reduces operational overhead while delivering greater value. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter at @veritastechllc.

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