What is Object Lock?
Object Lock is a data protection feature wherein a user can designate certain files or “objects” to be immutable, meaning they cannot be altered or deleted by anyone until the retention period has expired. This layer of protection is essential for protecting your data from cybersecurity threats and maintaining regulatory compliance.
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Why does Object Lock matter?
Because things change – especially staff. Using immutable objects ensures that information is immune from accidental or intentional deletion and alteration. It guarantees that once the information lands in the Wasabi hot storage cloud, it will remain there until the lock expires.
Because cybercriminals attack backups and archives as part of their ransomware campaigns. It isn’t enough that they’re taking down the primary systems, but they’re also attacking the secondary/backup systems to ensure they get their ransom…
Because regulators check these things, all the time. It’s essential that data in regulated industries be safeguarded for compliance and consumer protection standards.
Because legal proceedings depend on a chain of custody and immutability when it comes to digital evidence, like surveillance video, now that deep fakes and altered footage have become a threat to justice.
Object Lock can help organizations with certain government and industry regulations like HIPAA, FINRA, and CJIS for securing and preserving electronic records, transaction data, and activity logs.
Understanding Object Lock
Wasabi Object Lock is available in two retention modes:
- Compliance mode
- Governance mode
With compliance mode, a protected file or object can’t be overwritten by any user or Wasabi engineer. When an object is locked in compliance mode, its retention date can’t be shortened. Immutable objects in Compliance mode will remain immutable until the end of their retention period.
With governance mode, only users with special permission, such as the root user in the account can reduce the retention settings. This allows you to grant special permission to some users if necessary.
Better Together Backup, Now Even Better
Wasabi has partnered with Veeam®, the global leader in Backup and Cloud Data Management, to bring S3 Object Lock to Veeam Backup & Replication. Veeam customers can easily secure their backups with Object Lock directly within VBR v10 and v11.
Supporting Object Lock
Validated partner solutions with object lock immutability.
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