Cohesity, a leading data security and management company, made a significant announcement during its three-day virtual summit, Catalyst. The company revealed its expansion and rapid innovation with the Data Security Alliance, welcoming new members and delivering integrations with prominent industry partners.

Among the new members of the Data Security Alliance are Netskope, ServiceNow, and Zscaler. These additions further strengthen the alliance, which was initially introduced in November 2022 and already included esteemed names such as BigID, Cisco, CyberArk, Mandiant, Okta, Palo Alto Networks, PwC UK, Qualys, Securonix, and Splunk.

The Data Security Alliance represents a unique and comprehensive approach to security. By partnering with leading vendors in cybersecurity, data security and management, and related services, the alliance aims to bridge the gap between enterprise IT and security. Through seamless sharing of context and enabling new workflows, this collaboration empowers customers to detect threats faster, respond to attacks efficiently, enhance remediation efforts, and bolster cyber resilience. All of this can be achieved while leveraging existing security and data management investments.

The demand for such alliances is on the rise globally. According to a forthcoming global research study commissioned by Cohesity, in partnership with BigID and Tenable, 87% of over 3,000 IT and security respondents believe that uniting data security and management companies with cybersecurity companies is vital in combating ransomware. This finding underscores the significance of complete and integrated anti-ransomware solutions in the ongoing battle against cyber threats.

Cohesity’s latest alliance partners bring their unique expertise and capabilities to the table:

Netskope: Cohesity and Netskope will join forces to provide enhanced data protection that addresses the challenges posed by double-extortion ransomware attacks. Cohesity’s zero-trust protection of immutable backup data ensures the availability of data for recovery in case of encryption. Combined with instant mass restore, organizations can recover from ransomware attacks within hours instead of days. Netskope’s Intelligent Security Service Edge (SSE) platform, featuring the Zero Trust Engine, offers AI-powered visibility and control over sensitive data across various applications. By applying zero-trust principles to unmanaged networks, enterprises can reduce the attack surface and protect all traffic through real-time data and threat protection, thereby thwarting data exfiltration during ransomware attacks.

  • ServiceNow: Cohesity’s Data Cloud is seamlessly integrated with ServiceNow® Security Operations (SecOps), bringing incident data into a structured response engine. Leveraging intelligent workflows, automation, and deep IT integration, ServiceNow prioritizes and resolves threats based on their impact on organizations. This integration empowers teams to effectively address and mitigate the risks posed by ransomware attacks.
  • Zscaler: Data protection is of paramount importance to customers, and Cohesity’s integration with Zscaler provides industry-leading Zero Trust security within the world’s most widely deployed cloud data protection solution. Cohesity classifies backup data and shares information about sensitive files with Zscaler, which fortifies cloud-based communication channels. Zscaler’s data protection platform incorporates advanced functionalities such as AI-powered automated data discovery and seamless deployment without manual configuration. These capabilities enable precise enforcement of outbound traffic policies aligned with customer data protection guidelines. The integrated workflow optimizes the allocation of security team resources while actively shaping user behavior in handling sensitive data.
Sanjay Poonen, CEO and president, Cohesity

“With the addition of new security partners Netskope, ServiceNow, and Zscaler and our growing portfolio of security integrations, we have one of the most robust data security ecosystems in the industry to help fight the threat of attacks.”

Sanjay Poonen, CEO and President of Cohesity, expressed enthusiasm about the expanded Data Security Alliance

Poonen further emphasized that addressing increasingly sophisticated cyber threats requires collaboration among multiple vendors specializing in cybersecurity, data security and management, and related services.

The announcement also highlighted new or advanced integrations with existing Data Security Alliance members, aimed at accelerating threat detection:

  • CrowdStrike: Integration with Cohesity enables closed-loop detection and response for attacks within the CrowdStrike Falcon platform. Customers gain enriched visibility in their CrowdStrike Falcon LogScale dashboard, thanks to insights from Cohesity. This integration facilitates fast correlation, investigation, and response to incidents from a single location.
  • ServiceNow: ServiceNow® Security Operations adds closed-loop detection and response capabilities for ransomware attacks through SOAR integration. This complements the existing ability to create workflows using the IT service management (ITSM) solution, allowing teams to swiftly identify and address threats based on their potential impact on the business.
  • Tenable: Cohesity introduced a new, re-architected integration with Tenable to power the CyberScan marketplace app. This updated integration offers improved scalability, enabling rapid scanning of snapshots and meeting demanding service level agreement (SLA) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements. The enhanced scalability enhances proactive vulnerability scanning, an essential component of cyber resilience best practices.

Leaders from CrowdStrike and Tenable praised the collaborative efforts with Cohesity and the importance of such integrations in the fight against cyber threats. Daniel Bernard, Chief Business Officer at CrowdStrike, emphasized the comprehensive and advanced approaches provided by the powerful integrations, while Ray Komar, Vice President of Technical Alliances at Tenable, expressed excitement about supporting the newly re-architected integration of the CyberScan marketplace app, enabling efficient and rapid scanning of large workloads.

IDC Research Manager Johnny Yu also recognized the significance of improved collaboration between data management and security providers. Yu noted that tighter integration of their respective services is critical in addressing sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware. Yu acknowledged Cohesity’s momentum in expanding its alliance and making a broader range of integrations available to customers to bolster their defense against cybercrime.

By bringing together industry-leading experts and leveraging synergies between different domains of security, Cohesity aims to equip enterprises with the tools and capabilities needed to safeguard their data, mitigate risks, and combat the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape.

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