CyberSense Unveils up to 10X Performance Enhancement in Detecting Ransomware Corruption with Dell PowerProtect Integration

Latest version of CyberSense integrated with Dell Cyber Recovery enables clients to dramatically reduce resources required for full-content analytics that detect corruption due to ransomware

HOLMDEL, N.J.--()--CyberSense, powered by data integrity software company Index Engines, announced a new update today that enables Dell customers to detect and recover from ransomware corruption with significantly less compute resources thanks to a tighter integration with Dell’s PowerProtect Cyber Recovery product.

With this latest release, organizations can verify the integrity of large data volumes of Virtual Backups and File System Block Based Backups (BBB) up to 10 times faster than the previous release by reading 10x less data on the initial scan. This significantly minimizes the resources and costs required to check the integrity of data and ensures it is reliable and void of corruption due to ransomware.

“This new version of CyberSense breaks the performance barrier and allows clients to perform full content analytics on large data volumes daily,” Index Engines vice president Jim McGann said. “We originally designed the integration for a company’s most sensitive data amounting to hundreds of terabytes, however our customers saw the value of CyberSense analytics and are now securing larger volumes of data for integrity checking so we re-engineered the integration to support larger data environments without compromising our industry leading full-content analytics.”

Ransomware attacks have been trending steeply upwards in recent years, and when one is successful, backup data is often the best and quickest way to recover. It is a challenge to find the last good version of files and databases to restore to return the business to a pre-attack steady state.

Unlike alternatives that rely solely on metadata analytics and entropy calculations, resulting in high false positive rates, CyberSense is the only solution to provide full-content analytics and machine learning, which provides a 99.5% level of confidence in finding signs of corruption due to ransomware, in a single backup cycle, as well as the identification of the last good version of data to accelerate the recovery process and minimize downtime.

CyberSense is integrated with the Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery vault offering and has become the gold standard for organizations deploying robust cyber resiliency strategies. Originally meant for an organization’s most mission-critical data, this new integration extends petabyte-class support with new levels of efficiency.

This new version incorporates architecture that prioritizes recently modified data for analysis, while spreading unchanged data analysis over time. This allows the most suspect data to be checked for integrity, then scans the balance of data at a lower priority.

In an example where 400TB of virtual backups are replicated to a Cyber Recovery vault, full content analytics would have required the full 400TB of virtual images to be read and analyzed daily, leveraging 6 CyberSense servers. With this new version, the number of servers for the environment can be reduced to one server with an estimated 36TB of data read daily, resulting in up to a 10X reduction in data read and analyzed utilizing the change blocks of the client images. Additionally, it reduces Data Domain requirements and resources and provides significant cost savings for clients deploying Cyber Recovery with CyberSense. The platform also supports clients utilizing Dell Networker, Avamar and PowerProtect Data Manager as their backup products within a Cyber Recovery vault - now available in CyberSense release 7.8 and 7.9.

Index Engines’ CyberSense software is the only data analytics product on the market that validates the integrity inside all files and databases on the initial scan. CyberSense detects even the most sophisticated corruption that hides inside files, providing 99.5 percent confidence in alerting that an attack has occurred. This is far more reliable than metadata-only scans or sending sensitive content to the cloud for analysis. CyberSense machine learning analysis compares data as it changes over time to detect suspicious behavior and cyber corruption. The software, available via Dell Technologies’ PowerProtect Cyber Recovery vault, provides post-attack reports and diagnostic details to assist recovery. In most cases, CyberSense users will reduce their recovery time from weeks and months to hours.

About Index Engines

Index Engines has been providing organizations with Power Over Information™ since 2004. Its scalable, high-performance indexing engine has been uniquely architected to meet the challenges of today’s data center and deliver a highly scalable and efficient indexing platform across both primary and backup storage data environments. It provides search, reporting, disposition, and preservation of unstructured user data in support of stakeholders ranging from IT to legal and security. Clients, including top financial services, health care organizations and government agencies, turn to Index Engines to support their most mission-critical information management, cyber security and governance challenges. Additional information about Index Engines is available at


Judy Smith, 818-522-9673


Judy Smith, 818-522-9673