With data being increasingly valuable to companies, ransomware attacks are surging worldwide, including in South Africa.

It is becoming incredibly lucrative for attackers to target businesses for their data, and at the same time, the ransomware being used is becoming more sophisticated.

This means more enterprises will feel the need to pay the ransom in the case of a breach.

In the quest to reach the highest standards of data security excellence, and also in an industry first, Rubrik has announced a ransomware recovery warranty of up to $5 million for Rubrik Enterprise Edition customers.

This warranty will be available for customers running Rubrik Enterprise Edition and working with a Rubrik Customer Experience Manager (CEM) to ensure that security best practices are in place. The warranty will cover expenses related to data recovery and restoration in the event that Rubrik is unable to recover protected data in the event of a ransomware attack.

So says Nonkululeko Baloyi, Chief Operations Officer: VNQ Systems, which is a partner of Rubrik solutions in South Africa: “It is unfortunate, that in the event of a breach, paying the ransom is no guarantee that the threat actors will actually honour the agreement and release the data. This potentially leaves a breached organisation in the unenviable position of being both out-of-pocket as well as having had its data stolen.

“We are seeing that the breakdown of the perimeter is driving a Zero Trust approach to cyber security, which assumes that all users, devices and applications are untrustworthy and can be compromised. In other words, trust nothing, always verify. According to this model, only multi-factor authenticated users get access to data, permissions are limited, and the ability to maliciously affect data is specifically removed.”

The Rubrik Zero Trust Data Security platform is designed to protect business data against surging ransomware attacks, enabling IT teams to rapidly recover their applications and resume normal business operations. As a testimony to the strength of its offering, Rubrik was recently named in the 2021 Forbes Cloud 100, the annual ranking of the world’s top private cloud companies. This is the fifth year that Rubrik has been placed on the Forbes Cloud 100 list.

Bipul Sinha, Rubrik CEO and co-founder, clarifies: “As the pioneer of Zero Trust Data Security and the pace-setter of innovation for the industry, this recognition is a testament to Rubrik’s continued momentum as a business, as we help the world’s leading organisations manage their data and recover from ransomware.”

Sinha says this past year has proven that a new approach to data security is needed in the face of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, which are also growing in number. He notes that traditional security defences are failing, and hackers are getting in.

“Bad actors are getting smarter, and they understand that data is so core to running a successful business that companies will pay thousands or even millions of dollars to get their data back if stolen. In 2020 alone, an estimated $18 billion in ransoms were paid globally as a result of ransomware attacks. Perimeter security defences are being compromised, firewalls are being breached, and now ransomware hackers are commonly going directly for backup data, knowing full well the leverage they have if a company isn’t well equipped with a ransomware recovery plan that allows them to get back up and running quickly after an attack.

“This is exactly why Rubrik takes a Zero Trust approach to data security.”

“Once data is written to the Rubrik system, it cannot be modified, deleted or encrypted by an attack, ensuring a clean copy of data is always available for recovery,” explains Baloyi. “Rubrik’s Zero Trust Data Management approach to data security has helped dozens of customers recover from ransomware, including examples whereby Rubrik’s solutions allowed customers to recover their data after a ransomware attack without paying a cent of ransom to cyber criminals,” she concludes.

For more information, contact VNQ Systems, Claude Oosthuizen, (+27) 011 450 3379, claudeo@vnqsystems.co.za, info@vnqsystems.co.za, www.vnqsystems.co.za.


Rubrik, the Zero Trust Data Security Company, delivers data security and operational resilience for enterprises. Rubrik’s big idea is to provide data security and data protection on a single platform, including Zero-Trust Data Protection, Ransomware Investigation, Incident Containment, Sensitive Data Discovery, and Orchestrated Application Recovery. This means data is ready at all times so you can recover the data you need and avoid paying a ransom. Because when you secure your data, you secure your applications, and you secure your business.

VNQ Systems

V and N Q Systems (Virtual and Networks Quality Systems), commonly known as VNQ Systems, is a leading Customer Experience, Performance, and Availability Management company in South Africa. VNQ Systems is officially certified as the Exclusive Supplier of the SEDCO Customer Experience solutions for the Public Sector in South Africa. We are also strategic partners for App Dynamics, Netscout, NS1 and Sev1.

Our strong alignment with our core distributor Networks Unlimited has placed V and NQ systems squarely in the mainstream enterprise solutions arena with all of the big service providers.


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