Commvault names Russell as its CTO for APAC

Commvault names Russell as its CTO for APAC
Commvault names Russell as its CTO for APAC

Gareth Russell has joined Commvault as the Field Chief Technology Officer of Security for Asia Pacific (APAC), enhancing the company’s cyber resilience expertise.

With the appointment of Gareth Russell as Field Chief Technology Officer of Security for Asia Pacific (APAC), Commvault has strengthened its cyber resilience expertise. In view of the escalating threat posed by ransomware, Commvault is committed to sharing its technical expertise in data security and cyber resilience with more clients and partners in the region. This is demonstrated by the newly formed role.

Experienced in cybersecurity, Gareth Russell brings a plethora of knowledge to his new position at Commvault. He has extensive knowledge of digital transformation, risk management, cyber resilience, and cyber strategy. Russell has a track record of successfully helping governments and organizations in the Asia Pacific region define and manage their cyber risk postures. Among his many accomplishments are the implementation, transformation, and operation of cybersecurity capabilities and integrating cybersecurity into organizational cultures.

Russell was excited to be joining Commvault at a time when cyber threats are becoming more prevalent in the area. “Bringing my experience to Commvault excites me, especially in light of the rising cyberthreats in our area. “I will be concentrating on improving cyber resilience tactics, which will involve assisting organizations throughout APAC in fortifying their recovery capacities,” he declared. “These days, when it comes to cyberattacks, it’s not a matter of if but when,” Russell continued, highlighting the certainty of intrusions. “I look forward to working with enterprises to advance their cyber readiness and preparedness.”

There are notable gaps in APAC organizations’ cyberattack recovery efforts, according to Commvault and Tech Research Asia’s latest State of Data Readiness market research.

According to the findings, only 4% of organizations think they have a proactive, advanced cyber resilience capability, while 50% of them have very immature skills. The study also shows that cyberattacks are still happening and that many organizations are at risk of serious breaches. These attacks mostly target production and backup data.

As to the survey, a minimum of one cyberattack was encountered by 62% of Australian and 68% of New Zealand organizations within the past year. Attacks against production, secondary, and backup data environments were most frequently reported by respondents from Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Only 35% of the cyber-attacked organizations were able to effectively retrieve all of their data.

Working with organizations to strengthen their cyber resilience strategies and improve their defenses against the rising frequency and sophistication of cyber threats is one of Russell’s main goals in his new position. “In the past few months, we have made great progress in putting together a senior staff with unmatched expertise and experience. With Gareth’s appointment, we can better support our partners and customers in their efforts to protect their data,” stated Martin Creighan, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Commvault.

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