Quantum Scalar Ransom Block Provides Data Security for Cyber-Resilient Archives

Quantum Corporation has announced its latest innovations to protect against ransomware and other forms of cyber attacks. Quantum Scalar Ransom Block is a feature of Quantum Scalar tape systems that eliminates the risk of accessing or compromising data on the network.

“The threat of ransomware and other forms of cyber attacks is a top concern for our customers,” said Jamie Lerner, CEO of Quantum.

“Tape storage systems are a critical part of building cyber-resilient infrastructures, both for large archives and as part of an overall data protection strategy. However, even data stored on tapes can be compromised if the tape library itself is hacked, which is why we have designed these new features in partnership with a major cloud provider. Quantum Scalar Ransom Block is an industry first solution that ensures data is protected and secure with the click of a button and provides the ultimate layer of protection for data stored on tape.

Make sure your tape data is safe from attacks with Quantum Scalar Ransom Block

Cyber ​​threats are never-ending and data is encrypted, stolen and leaked on the dark web. According to a recent study by analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) of more than 300 IT and industry leaders, two in five respondents indicated that their organizations had experienced successful ransomware attacks, and more 80% had paid ransoms to recover their data. When ransomware successfully breaks into a network, the financial damage can be substantial, as can the risk of downtime of critical systems, loss of revenue, and damaged reputation.

Tape systems are an essential part of an overall strategy to ensure that data is protected and quickly recoverable in the event of a ransomware attack. Tape systems are inherently more secure than hard disk drive (HDD) or flash (SSD) storage systems because the data stored on tape is not connected to the network.

However, since the tape library itself is a device attached to the network, there is always a risk of remote hacking in the unlikely event that the tape library itself is hacked. To manage this risk in a simple and automated way, Quantum designed the Scalar Ransom Block feature.

How Ransom Block Works

Tapes stored in the library can be found in a magazine. Quantum’s patent pending design partially ejects the magazine, so tapes cannot be selected by the robot until an operator physically reinserts the magazine. Since the magazine is only partially ejected, the robot barcode reader can still scan barcodes from tapes, so system administrators can perform periodic tape system audits to ensure that the bands are still present.

Tapes are inaccessible until an operator, who must have physical access to the tape library, reinserts the magazine. Tape systems can be stored in secure data centers that require badge access.

Additionally, Quantum introduced logical tape blocking, which allows administrators to use software commands to prevent tapes from being loaded into a drive while the magazine is full of tapes, before it is ejected. While still based on software and not a physical blocking mechanism, this new ability further reduces the window of risk until Ransom Block is launched.

The latest innovations are part of a comprehensive security framework

Ransom Block and Logical Tape Blocking are the latest innovations that are part of a comprehensive security framework that makes Scalar tape systems one of the most secure tape storage systems on the market.

Many features are unique to Quantum scalar band systems, including:

  • Scalar ransom blocking and logical tape blocking to ensure the security of data stored on tape, even in the event of remote hacking.
  • Scalar active chest allows tapes to be moved to a secure and isolated vault partition in the library that has no network connectivity and is not visible to any application or network.
  • Scalar Media Security Alerts notify the administrator when the media is deleted – unexpectedly or unexpectedly – from the library.
  • Multifactor authentication can be enabled for administrator and user logins, providing additional security for access control.

These features are part of more than 25 features and capabilities that make up the Quantum Scalar Security Framework, a comprehensive security framework that controls system access, provides system monitoring and event detection, security and encryption. data, as well as unique features for cyber protection and data integrity.

Availability and prices

Ransom Block and Logical Tape Blocking are expected to be available on the new Scalar i6 and Scalar i3 tape libraries in December 2021. The other features listed under Quantum Scalar security are generally available now. Some features are sold separately and not all features are available on all models.

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