Monday, 06 December 2021 17:27

iTWireTV Interview: Varonis rights ransomware wrongs with stellar cyber security


GUEST INTERVIEW: Scott Leach, APAC VP of Sales at Varonis, joins iTWireTV to explain the latest cyber security threats, from insider threats to the ravages of ransomware, with great advice on what companies should do if affected - and how to prevent attacks from happening in the first place and to eliminate any ransomware blast radius.

Varonis. The company says it sees the world of cybersecurity differently, taking data from "neglected to protected."

With a relentless focus on securing data, Varonis says it is "fighting a different battle than conventional cybersecurity companies," with data assets being "the most valuable – and vulnerable – components of the global economy."

Along with employees, Varonis reminds us "data is at the heart of almost every organization, yet conventional cybersecurity solutions, by themselves, have failed to protect it."

On average, Varonis notes "20% of an organisation's data is accessible to every employee," and that "70% of attacks take months or years to discover."

As you'd expect, however, Varonis says this isn't the case for its customers, who "always know where their most valuable data is – on premises or in the cloud," with the assurance that "only the right people have access to only the right data."

Thanks to real-time awareness of how employees use data that Varonis delivers, its clients "flag and stop malicious behaviour in its tracks," with Varonis stating it arms its customers with "an industry-leading platform that is built to protect the world’s most valuable and most vulnerable data."

Varonis says it "starts at the heart – with data," so its' customers are "prepared to defend their data against attacks from inside and out," with its platform "eliminating repetitive, manual clean-up projects" while "automating manual data protection routines," bringing security and cost-savings together – something Varonis believes could be "for the first time in cybersecurity history."

With data continuing to grow and more breaches being a case of when, not if, today's world of hybrid cloud is complicating data protection. With ever newer regulations pressuring executive boards to tale action, it's no surprise to see Varonis claim "there's never been a better time for technology that protects data first, not last."

So, to learn more about the company, we spoke with Scott Leach, the APAC VP of Sales at Varonis, with that video interview embedded directly below, after which is a summary of the topics we spoke about, so please watch, and read on!

  • I started by introducing Scott, welcoming him to the program, and asking him to tell us what Varonis started doing with cybersecurity when it was founded in 2005, and what it is doing today, given the ongoing evolution of threat actors and cyber attacks.

  • We then discussed the ever growing ransomware threat, significant examples of ransomware attacks, and what every IT professional should know about ransomware today.

  • Scott explained what a company's "ransomware blast radius" is likely to be, and why organisations should be just as concerned by internal threats as external threats.

  • After this, Scott explained some of the simple things that businesses can do right now to improve their defences against ransomware and rogue insiders, and what a business should do if it finds itself infected, and its files encrypted.

  • We learned why the company was founded, before we moved onto memories of Scott's first computer, the first computer virus he remembers encountering, a bit about his own history in the world of tech, and how he sees Varonis and the industry evolving in the future.

  • Scott then shared great advice he has received in life, and his final message to iTWire and iTWireTV viewers and readers, and to his current and future customers and partners.

So, please watch the video interview above to learn more!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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