Rapid data recovery, essential for protecting OT and critical infrastructure operations

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Source: Salvador Technologies

With the rise of digital transformation broadening the attack surface of operational technology (OT), malicious actors are finding more entry points to key areas of industrial operations and critical infrastructure. Josh Zelonis, principal analyst at Forrester, said in an article that digital transformation has created new complexities: There are now too many devices and applications to maintain, patch and keep up to date in the critical infrastructure landscape.

Salvador Technologies, an Israel-based data recovery company, recently raised $3 million in seed funding to provide what it calls the world’s fastest, full recovery from cyber-attacks and computer system failures on OT networks and critical infrastructure.

Oleg Vusiker, co-founder and CTO at Salvador Technologies, told VentureBeat that while industrial organizations and critical infrastructure operators have always focused on detecting and preventing cyber-attacks, they need to start incorporating adequate recovery plans into their cybersecurity architecture. Vusiker said these organizations must have the right solutions for rapid recovery, as no system is immune to cyberattacks and system failures. He said Salvador Technologies has built the first product on the market that offers full system recovery in 30 seconds.

According to Vusiker, almost every organization has at least several OT systems that are essential to the continuous operation of the organization, while industrial companies and critical infrastructure operators have hundreds or even thousands of such systems. “Salvador Technologies is solving a major gap in the backup and recovery of those systems. To this day, most of those systems use primitive and manual backup methods, such as external drives,” he said.

Product capabilities:

“Our product is fully patented in the United States,” said Vusiker, who further explained that the idea for the product is to provide immediate remediation capabilities against ransomware attacks and software/hardware failures on OT systems.

Examples of such systems include HMI industrial machines, building management systems, medical equipment such as MRI, CT and X-ray machines, critical servers and more, Vusiker said.

“We do this by using air-gapped protected backups, which means the protection is hardware-based, as well as an innovative backup and recovery algorithm that isn’t based on the standard image backup,” he said. .

While most cybersecurity solutions focus on prevention and detection, it is clear that no single tool in the world can provide complete protection. Some of today’s ransomware attacks use legitimate third-party encryption tools, such as Microsoft’s Bitlocker disk encryption, which bypasses AV and XDR, Vusiker said.

“Recent attacks, such as Kaseya and Solarwinds, used legitimate software with a malicious software update. Those events prove that ransomware is inevitable and that organizations should focus on recovery tools,” he said.

Alex Yevtushenko, co-founder and CEO of Salvador Technologies, told VentureBeat that the next version of the company’s product will include an ML-based backup window.

“There are two fully air-gapped storage devices at any given time. This new ML-based backup window algorithm only activates a third storage device during the backup windows, which will drastically reduce the attack surface,” he said.

Key differentiating factors

Yevtushenko agrees that the company faces huge competition from third-party disk and image software vendors. However, he said there are major drawbacks to using their approach: long recovery times of at least 30 minutes to restore to the computer and manual backup, resulting in data loss and complex recovery processes. Yevtushenko emphasizes that the most time-consuming task is to manually recover hundreds of machines from external hard drives.

Yevtushenko said Salvador Technologies’ solution is fully automated and takes about 30 seconds, achieving recovery with a single click.

“We provide the world’s fastest recovery capability for critical OT systems. Most backup and recovery providers have traditionally focused on the IT world with solutions that are not suitable for OT networks. At the same time, most OT network operators still use primitive and inefficient backup methods, including external hard drives and backup tapes,” he said.

Rami Kalish, CEO and co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital, said that despite massive investments in cybersecurity and various software protection tools against various types of cyber-attacks, companies continue to be compromised, compromised and attacked.

All the software applications in the world can’t protect you 100% and you end up being compromised, Kalish said.

“The only way to ensure business continuity is one that Salvador Technologies offers: fast backup and restore, which means you can quickly restore your network and continue working if you ever find yourself in a cyber mess. Salvador Technologies’ solution is highly relevant to what is happening today in industrial organizations and critical infrastructure operations,” he said.

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