May 17, 2023

Inside VeeamON 2023: GRAU DATA's Blocky for Veeam, a Zero Trust environment against Ransomware

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As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the threat of ransomware looms large over businesses and individuals alike. In this exclusive video interview, VMblog sits down with David Cerf, an industry expert and chief data evangelist of GRAU DATA, to delve into the challenges posed by ransomware and data protection in 2023 and beyond. David discusses GRAU DATA's revolutionary Blocky for Veeam technology, their partnership with Veeam, and how they are working together to fortify data protection strategies.

Introducing GRAU DATA:

GRAU DATA, with 30 years of software development in data management and archiving, is at the forefront of data protection and combating ransomware. Their expertise lies in developing cutting-edge technologies that protect data against unauthorized access and encryption. One of their notable innovations is Blocky for Veeam, a comprehensive solution designed to enhance Veeam's data protection capabilities and safeguard organizations from ransomware threats.

Blocky for Veeam: A Game-Changing Technology:

In this interview, David Cerf dives deep into the features and advantages of Blocky for Veeam. The technology seamlessly integrates with Veeam's data backup and recovery solutions, adding an extra layer of protection against ransomware attacks. Through a combination of intelligent monitoring, anomaly detection, and swift remediation, Blocky for Veeam detects and neutralizes ransomware threats before they can cause irreparable damage. Blocky is added to a Veeam installation to create a hardened, "Zero Trust" environment that protects your Veeam backup data against ransomware, unauthorized changes, and deletes.

Cerf explains that Blocky is an application firewall. It only allows Veeam access to the backup data, everything else is blocked. It creates a sort of "fingerprint" for each Veeam process accessing the backup files. And it prevents delete or write access if the "fingerprint" is not explicitly matched for each process.

The Veeam Partnership:

Cerf sheds light on GRAU DATA's strategic partnership with Veeam, a global leader in backup and recovery solutions. By collaborating closely, the two companies have been able to leverage their expertise and resources to create a holistic defense against ransomware. David discusses how this partnership has resulted in the seamless integration of Blocky for Veeam with Veeam's existing infrastructure, empowering organizations to proactively protect their data and mitigate the risk of ransomware.

Looking Ahead:

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity threats, it is crucial for organizations to adopt robust and proactive measures to safeguard their valuable data. In this interview, David Cerf of GRAU DATA provides invaluable insights into the gravity of the ransomware problem, while offering a glimpse into the future of data protection. With the combination of GRAU DATA's Blocky for Veeam and Veeam's industry-leading solutions, businesses can fortify their defenses and ensure their data remains safe and secure.

Find out more at GRAU DATA's website:
Dive into Blocky for Veeam:

0:00 - Intro
0:30 - Welcome to David Cerf, Chief Data Evangelist at GRAU DATA
0:49 - Overview of GRAU DATA
02:07 - What will VeeamON attendees be most interested to know about GRAU DATA?
07:17 - What makes GRAU DATA unique or differentiated in the market?
09:26 - What does your partnership with Veeam look like?
10:37 - What can VeeamON attendees expect to see at your booth?
12:10 - What are the big challenges facing VeeamON attendees in 2023 and beyond?
15:23 - Where can viewers go to learn more?

Last modified on May 18, 2023
Brian Ducharme

Brian is an event reporter for and an expert in virtualization/cloud techonlogies.  In his 15+ years of experience in the virtualization/cloud field he has interviewed hundreds of companies, users and executives.  Brian has been an active member of the NEVMUG (NEVTUG) since 2006 and attends both vmworld and Citrix Synergy every year.  Brian works full time as a Senior Software Engineer for Liquidware Labs.

Brian also spent 5 years as the managing editor of Virtual Strategy Magazine, an online magazine focused on the virtualization industry and has been with vmblog since 2011. He has a background in Computer Graphics, Marketing, Programming, Web Design, Mobile App Development, Linux Administration and is an active member of the NHJS group. 





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