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HYCU CEO: With New Ransomware Recovery Readiness Score, The Focus Is On When The ‘Bad Guys Are Already In The House’

Joseph F. Kovar

‘We’ve got to stop telling people that they can be foolproof against a ransomware attack. Instead, we need to let people know you’re going to get hit and [attackers are] going to get in the door. But when they get in, we want to make sure that you never have to pay the bad guys any kind of ransom,’ says HYCU CEO Simon Taylor.

Assume A Ransomware Attack Succeeds, What’s Next?

Ransomware attacks are common headlines today, particularly in the wake of the attacks on solution providers and MSPs via Kaseya, Accenture and others. The focus on reducing or eliminating the impact from ransomware attacks, or any cybersecurity attack, traditionally has been on keeping attackers out of a business’ IT infrastructure. But as history has shown, attackers still get through. For that reason, storage vendors are increasingly adopting anti-ransomware protection to protect business data even if an attack is successful.

HYCU, the Boston-based developer of multi-cloud data protection technology, recently went a step further together with a handful of security-focused vendors and channel partners to develop the ransomware recovery readiness score, or R-Score, as a free way for businesses to anonymously understand their ability to recover from an attack and what steps they can take to improve their readiness.

“When we looked at all the tools out there, we realized that everything is designed around stopping the bad guys from getting in the door,” HYCU CEO Simon Taylor told CRN. “But really nobody’s come up with a very simple way of evaluating what’s going to happen to your business when they get in.”

Taylor, in a wide-ranging conversation with CRN, also discussed his company’s financials and plans for the rest of 2021. Here’s a look at what HYCU is up to and how it wants to help mitigate the impact of ransomware attacks.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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