Index Engines looks to stimulate partner integrations with CyberSense developers kit

The new kit is a formalization of assistance they had previously provided to partners looking to integrate CyberSense with their own solutions.

Today, cybersecurity vendor Index Engines is releasing an API-based developers kit around their CyberSense ransomware detection and recovery software. The kit, which is part of the CyberSense 7.7 release, is a formalization of something they had already been doing informally, and is directed not at end users, but at various types of channel partners – integrators, resellers and MSPs, who build their own offerings on top of CyberSense.

CyberSense is one of Index Engines’ newer products, which was initially released in April 2018, but since the pandemic began, it has been their most profitable by far.

“No other opportunities other than CyberSense are gaining traction at the moment,” said Jim McGann, Vice President at Index Engines. CyberSense is a last line of defense against ransomware, which uses analytics, machine learning and diagnosis capabilities to show any corruption due to a cyber attack whenever the customer replicates into the vault. Other data protection providers provide this capacity to some degree, but Index Engines highlights the granularity of their solution, which looks inside every file in every database.

While CyberSense can directly index files in many vendors’ backup images without the need to rehydrate the data, it is integrated with the Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery solution, and resold through Index Engines’ two key strategic partners, Dell Technologies and IBM Resiliency Services. Those two companies – and their channel partners – are CyberSense’s principal Go-to-Market.

Jim McGann, Vice President at Index Engines

“Dell and IBM have delivered very specific deployments to protect customers,” McGann said. “Dell has an isolated airgapped Vault. But some customers want more, such as the ability to check their filers on the network. The premise behind the kit is that customers are already backing up data, but they aren’t checking the integrity of the content. This lets you integrate CyberSense with backup and storage targets, so you can check integrity of data with full content, analytics and machine learning, and see if there is any corruption.”

The development kit is targeted at partners, not at customers.

“The target for this is not the end user – but the technology providers working with them in data environments,” McGann stated. “It’s aimed at system integrators, managed service providers, storage vendors, cloud vendors and the like, who build solutions on top of us.”

McGann also indicated that the kit isn’t materializing out of thin air at this point in time.

“This is something that we built along the way, and what we are announcing now is a formalization of the developer kit,” he said.

APIs are available to initiate indexing jobs for data in both primary and backup storage environments via NFS/CIFS or NDMP protocols.