• The integration of Cohesity Helios’snext-gen data management platform and Palo Alto Networks’ Cortex XSOAR security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) platform presents improved ransomware detection and recovery.
  • The collaboration will let customers stay ahead with detailed, actionable information about the threats.

Cohesity, a leader in next-gen data management, announced that it had joined hands with Palo Alto Networks. The moto behind the collaboration is to integrate Cohesity’s Cohesity Helios next-gen data management platform with Palo Alto Networks’ Cortex XSOAR Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platform for enhanced ransomware detection and recovery.

The first and foremost step to defeating cyber attacks such as ransomware is identifying and initiating remediation steps quickly. This integration offers details on automatic alerts when the AI-powered Helios platform locates anomalies in the backup data that may indicate an upcoming attack.

After receiving an alert from Cohesity, Cortex XSOAR starts an automated playbook to triage and mitigate the impact of a potential cyber attack. Combining a next-gen data management platform with a SOAR capability can help push threat detection and response and decrease an organization’s risk exposure.

“Any delay in ransomware response and recovery could result in extended downtime, data loss, and business disruption,” said Brian Spanswick, CISO, Cohesity. “This integration can help more effectively link data management and data security processes — key to staying one step ahead of ever-persistent ransomware attacks and improving an organization’s cyber resilience.”

“The integration of Cortex XSOAR with Cohesity’s next-gen data management platform is a significant advancement in helping our joint customers protect themselves from the impact of ransomware attacks and improve their cyber resilience,” said Matt Chase, Director, Cortex Alliances at Palo Alto Networks. “The AI-powered Cohesity platform issues detailed alerts based on data anomalies. The granular quality of these alerts helps Cortex XSOAR security analysts more quickly and accurately determine the scope and severity of the incident, helping customers maintain business continuity in the event of an attack.”

Detailed and timely alerts can help security analysts identify how to respond swiftly and help relieve stress and fatigue. According to a Forrester Consulting report, “2020 State of Security Operations,” security analysts are being asked to fight a fire with a garden hose. Only 47% of respondents stated that their firms could deal with most or almost all of the security alerts they receive in a single day.

Other 53% reported struggling in different ways as following:

  • 20% of alerts are reviewed/triaged manually by an analyst.
  • Almost one-third of all alerts are usually false positives.
  • Analysts never address 28% of alerts because the volume is simply too high for them to keep up.

Cohesity Helios and Palo Alto Networks’ Cortex XSOAR integration will help alleviate and address the issues mentioned above.

Cohesity provides comprehensive anti-ransomware capabilities that help secure backup data from cybercriminals. The Cohesity architecture is designed such that it helps ensure that backup data is immutable and cannot be accidentally or maliciously overwritten. Its software, powered by AI-powered insights, continuously monitors for anomalies in an organization’s data. Cohesity helps locate and obtain a clean copy of data to reduce downtime, minimize loss, and ensure business continuity in any worst situation.