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Kyndryl Announces Recovery Retainer Service to Restore Customers' Ability to Operate After Cyber Attacks

Kyndryl | July 26, 2022 | Read time : 03:00 min

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Kyndryl , the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced a new retainer service to help customers recover from a disruptive cyber incident such as ransomware. Kyndryl's Recovery Retainer Service focuses on recovery actions that extend beyond incident response retainers available on the market today. The service is a natural complement to any incident response retainer and builds on Kyndryl's expertise in security and resiliency services.

Kyndryl's Recovery Retainer Service provides experts, either on the ground or remote, to help organizations recover from a cyber incident. This service is designed to provide on-demand qualified experts in cyber recovery, to assist the customer in proactively improving cyber recovery preparedness, as well as delivering support to recover from cybersecurity events.

Kyndryl combines deep domain expertise, recovery response, and remediation to maximize value while using industry-best practices supported by consulting and recovery expertise to support customers as they face ever increasing threats.

"We need to see a shift in this field, from simply security to one of 'cyber resilience.' The public and private sector need both because today it is no longer a question of whether cyber attackers will breach our defenses, but when will they break through and how much damage they will do," said Kris Lovejoy, Kyndryl Security and Resiliency Global Practice Leader. "The Recovery Retainer Service mitigates the impact of cyber incidents by having experts on hand," Lovejoy said.

"IT and cybersecurity teams are being tasked to demonstrate that cyber resilience does not reside solely on whiteboards anymore. Having an actual cyber recovery plan that allows for key capabilities to be brought up in a controlled and rapid manner is a key step in cyber resilience. "A logical progression involves practicing the cyber recovery plan on a regular basis to reduce the elevated stress levels that are inherent in an actual cyber recovery operation, while simultaneously smoothing out the kinks from the inevitable changes to an organization's digital footprint."

Craig Robinson, IDC Research Vice President, Security Services

Kyndryl's Recovery Retainer Service provides global expert knowledge, assets, and delivery to perform recovery actions after an attack causes an outage. The service is intended to help customers get back up and running quickly. It goes beyond incident response retainer services that provide forensics, but typically do not address recovery-related actions such as defining recovery processes based upon forensics, redeploying applications, restoring data, cleaning systems, among other critical tasks. The Kyndryl Recovery Retainer Service complements existing incident response retainers.

About Kyndryl
Kyndryl is the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider. The company designs, builds, manages, and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. Kyndryl's more than 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100.

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Napatech | September 05, 2022

Napatech™ , the leading provider of programmable Smart Network Interface Cards (SmartNICs) used for Data Processing Unit (DPU) and Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU) services in telecom, cloud, enterprise, cybersecurity and financial applications worldwide, today announced an extension of its sales and marketing collaboration initiatives with AMD that will make Napatech's hardware-plus-software SmartNIC solutions available to AMD customers worldwide through both direct engagements and global channel partners. OEMs, enterprises and data center operators across a wide range of industries are adopting SmartNIC solutions to achieve levels of performance, security, latency and energy efficiency that are unachievable with servers or appliances equipped with traditional "foundational" NICs. 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Torch.AI | August 20, 2022

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Tachyum | July 20, 2022

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