Following the server security lapse that has exposed a massive database of customer information belonging to Rubrik, Terry Ray, SVP and Imperva Fellow, stresses the catastrophic impact that the interconnectedness of security programs is creating.

Terry Ray, SVP and Imperva Fellow:

“Today’s Rubrik data exposure once again highlights the interconnectedness of all security programs, and how one breakdown – and in this case what looks like a human error – can end up having catastrophic impacts. While Rubrik should be commended for reacting swiftly once the issue was bought to light, the issue also shows the fundamental importance of protecting vital data wherever it lives.

Additionally, the data exposure also highlights how modern data repositories, like Elasticsearch in this incident, have created a fundamental conflict in businesses. The use of modern data repositories can often provide cost savings, business intelligence, information sharing and increased technology scale, yet they also introduce complexities and requirements which often requires advanced enablement of technical staff before their use. It is yet another area in which technology and business needs are outpacing the expertise of technical staff, and this discrepancy is leading to simple security mistakes that simply shouldn’t happen.”

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