Kubernetes environments largely unprotected against ransomware: survey | #malware | #ransomware


A new survey conducted by conducted by Opinium Research for Veritas Technologies has found that a large majority of Kubernetes environments are unprotected against ransomware – even though more than half of the respondents say they have already experienced such an attack.

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

Almost one-third of the organisations have already deployed Kubernetes, and 85% expect to be using it within the next two or three years.

Of those that are using Kubernetes, 94% regard ransomware attacks as a current issue and 56% have already experienced a ransomware attack on a containerised environment, yet only 30% have deployed tools to protect against ransomware and other 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% are doing that. Veritas suggests the explanation could be that 41% said they know little or nothing about specific products that can be used across all environments.

The benefits of a unified approach were said to be easier or quicker data restoration after incidents, and lower cost.

Respondents expect to increase their spending on protection for containerised data over the next five years, and say that all their mission-critical Kubernetes environments will be protected by the end of that period.

54% of organisations expect that will leave them “very well prepared” for ransomware attacks on Kubernetes environments.

“Kubernetes is easy for enterprises to deploy, and quickly improves affordability, flexibility and scalability. To enhance data portability and movement in the hybrid workplace, it’s no surprise that many are embracing containerisation,” said Veritas ANZ managing director Pete Murray.

“However, because deployment is so simple, organisations can easily surge ahead faster with their Kubernetes implementation than their Kubernetes protection. Suddenly, they’re faced with more than two-thirds of their mission-critical Kubernetes environments completely unprotected from data loss, and Kubernetes has become the Achilles heel in the organisation’s ransomware defence strategy.”

He added “It’s clear that Australian organisations understand the value of protecting the mission-critical data that they’re using in their Kubernetes environments. While it seems they’ll eventually get the protection that they need, it is imperative for them to strengthen their cyber resiliency before more and more ransomware variants emerge over that time to target Kubernetes and take advantage of this Achilles heel.

“Too many organisations are missing the simple solutions to extend their current data protection platforms to their Kubernetes environments today, leaving them in an unenviably vulnerable position.”

Information about Veritas’s Kubernetes-related products can be found here.

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