Rubrik and Zscaler partner to launch double extortion ransomware solution

Rubrik, the Zero Trust Data Security™ Company, and Zscaler, Inc., the world-renown cloud security company, announced a new partnership and technology integration to streamline data protection and compliance and boost cyber resilience. With this new integration, valuable data security insights are placed in the hands of even more security and compliance teams to strengthen data protection policies that help prevent the loss of critical business data.

What is the global cybersecurity landscape?

As data continues to proliferate across enterprise, cloud, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environments, organisations are struggling to ensure that sensitive data is not deliberately or accidentally exfiltrated. With both data and users growing and expanding over ever more distributed landscapes and regulations, security has become top of mind for organisations.

According to the Rubrik Zero Labs’ State of Data Security report, data security is becoming increasingly complex as mission-critical datasets rapidly grow and become more distributed.

According to new Rubrik data, in 2022, firms are securing on average 61% more data in the cloud and 226% more data in SaaS applications than years prior highlighting a significant shift in security strategies. In Zscaler’s 2023 Phishing Report, Phishing attacks worldwide rose nearly 50% in 2022 compared to 2021, as a result of evolving threats like Adversary-in-the-Middle (AitM) attacks, Phishing-as-a-Service (PaaS) kits, and AI tools like ChatGPT.

In the cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) era, data has emerged as an enterprise’s most significant risk and greatest competitive advantage. Zscaler’s data protection innovations have helped thousands of enterprises across the globe prevent the exfiltration of sensitive data. Zscaler’s data protection platform secures cloud channels while delivering industry-first capabilities like AI/ML-based auto data discovery and zero configuration deployment.

Its feature-rich platform provides precision through Exact Data Match (EDM) and Indexed Document Matching (IDM) tech to allow specific data values and fingerprinting of sensitive files to enable outbound traffic matching data protection policies to enforce accurately.

What does the partnership mean for security teams?

Integrated workflow optimises security team resources and helps shape user behaviour when dealing with sensitive data. Rubrik’s integration with Zscaler Data Loss Prevention (DLP) proactively identifies sensitive business data across enterprise, cloud and SaaS environments so that specific data protections can be implemented easily to prevent data loss.

Firms have struggled to identify sensitive data across their digital estate since scanning production systems is complex, “CPU-intense”, and requires separate indexing infrastructure to manage. Rubrik Sensitive Data Monitoring & Management discovers and classifies sensitive data out-of-band of the client’s production environment with this integration and capability.

This ultimately enables customers to identify the sensitive data that matters more easily and use those insights to enforce data protection policies without the complexity and burden of taxing production systems. By enforcing data protection policies more effectively, organisations have the assurance of being able to prevent even more data loss.

“The reputation of Data Loss Prevention has not been favourable as past implementations were often highly manual, management was painful, and the burden of data classification was often pushed onto the end user. The integration addresses a critical need through automation by allowing firms to implement protections on critical data while minimising the burden on data security professionals,” said Frank Dickson, Group Vice President, Security & Trust, IDC.

What does the partnership mean for Rubrik and Zscaler?

Bipul Sinha, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Rubrik
Bipul Sinha, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Rubrik

“The growth and sophistication of cyberattacks show no signs of slowing down and they’re all after one thing – your data. That’s why we are excited to partner with Zscaler, another leader in the cybersecurity industry with zero trust ingrained in their DNA. Together, we will help joint customers mitigate risks from cyberattacks and provide organisations with cyber resilience,” commented Bipul Sinha, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Rubrik.

“It is paramount for organisations to prioritize a zero trust strategy to keep business-critical operations running. Combining Zscaler’s and Rubrik’s leadership and expertise in zero trust data security allows our joint customers to reap the benefits of protecting their most sensitive and important data with ease, enabling them to be more agile and secure,” commented Jay Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Founder of Zscaler.

The solution will be generally available in the coming months.