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Dell Technologies’ Jason Proctor: Agencies Should Reduce Complexity of Tools, Strategies for Better Data Protection

Jason Proctor, advisory systems engineer for cyber recovery and compliance at Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL), said government agencies looking to better protect data from cyberattacks and take an all-encompassing approach to security should reduce the complexity of strategies and tools.

“In other words, one strategy should cover the entire infrastructure rather than having separate strategies for cloud-based and on-premises systems. When there are different approaches, they might not work well together, and the result can be more alerts, more false positives and more opportunities for bad actors to win,” Proctor wrote in an article published on Carahsoft.com.

“By streamlining processes and reducing overall complexity, agencies not only increase the probability of finding an issue before it becomes a problem, but also speed their ability to respond and recover if a cyber event happens,” he added.

Proctor cited the importance of automation in improving cybersecurity, how the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework could help agencies adapt in an evolving threat landscape and the need for a coordinated approach as agencies adopt zero trust architectures.

He called on agencies to maintain the survivability and integrity of data in the event that threat actors go beyond the defense-in-depth methodology.

“Cyber recovery involves having a truly isolated copy of data that is accessible in an emergency,” Proctor added.

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