Equinix, one of the world’s largest providers of on-demand colocation data centers, has disclosed today a security breach. In a short statement published on its website, Equinix said it found ransomware on its internal systems, but that the main core of its customer-facing services remained unaffected. “Our data centers and our service offerings, including managed services, remain fully operational, and the incident has not affected our ability to support our customers,” the company said.
Equinix’s recent disclosure of a ransomware incident appears to be hopeful in that the exposure of any sensitive information seems to be mitigated and the situation is under control. What this incident reveals—and what every organisation should take away from it—is that if an IT leader such as Equinix can experience this, so can any other business or organisation. Fortunately, Equinix has the in-house knowledge and resources to handle sensitive data effectively and remain in compliance with regulatory mandates, but not every enterprise can claim that. Therefore, being attentive to know where all your sensitive data is located, being secure in your perimeter and access defenses, but also implementing data-centric security that can travel with the data no matter where it goes, all are part of an end-to-end data security strategy. If you don’t have the in-house knowledge, then you should consult with data-centric security experts who can provide the right guidance to keep your sensitive enterprise data secure