Kubernetes environments largely unprotected from ransomware: investigation

A new survey conducted by Opinium Research for Veritas Technologies has revealed that a large majority of Kubernetes environments are not protected against ransomware – even though more than half of respondents say they have already suffered such an attack.

The survey received responses from 1,100 IT decision makers in organizations in the Americas, APJ and EMEA with more than 1,000 employees.

Nearly a third of organizations have already deployed Kubernetes and 85% plan to use it within the next two to three years.

Of those using Kubernetes, 94% see ransomware attacks as a current issue and 56% have experienced a ransomware attack on a containerized environment, but only 30% have deployed tools to protect against ransomware and others types of data loss.





While 100% of respondents see the benefits of using the same data protection product across physical, virtual, and Kubernetes environments, only 46% do. Veritas suggests the explanation could be that 41% said they knew little or nothing about specific products that can be used in all environments.

The benefits of a unified approach would be easier or faster data recovery after incidents and lower cost.

Respondents plan to increase their spending on containerized data protection over the next five years and claim that all of their mission-critical Kubernetes environments will be protected by the end of that period.

54% of enterprises expect this to leave them “very well prepared” for ransomware attacks on Kubernetes environments.

“Kubernetes is easy for enterprises to deploy and is rapidly improving affordability, flexibility, and scalability. To improve portability and movement of data in the hybrid workplace, it’s no surprise that many are embracing containerization “, said Veritas Pete Murray, Chief Executive of ANZ.

“However, because deployment is so simple, organizations can easily move faster with their Kubernetes implementation than with their Kubernetes protection. organization’s ransomware.”

He added “It is clear that Australian organizations understand the importance of protecting the critical data they use in their Kubernetes environments. While it looks like they will eventually get the protection they need, it is imperative for they need to build their cyber resilience before more and more ransomware variants emerge during this period to target Kubernetes and take advantage of this Achilles’ heel.

“Too many organizations today lack simple solutions to extend their current data protection platforms to their Kubernetes environments, which puts them in an unenviable position of vulnerability.

Veritas Kubernetes related product information is available here.

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