Commvault welcomes Gareth Russell to new APAC-wide security role   

  • Tasked with working with organisations to strengthen their cyber resilience
  • Brings extensive experience in cybersecurity and digital transformation to the role

Commvault welcomes Gareth Russell to new APAC-wide security role   

Commvault, a leading provider of data protection and cyber resilience solutions for hybrid cloud organisations, has announced the appointment of Gareth Russell (pic) as field chief technology officer, Security for Asia Pacific (APAC). This newly created role reflects the company’s commitment to extending its deep technical expertise in data security and cyber resilience to more customers and partners in the region – critical in the ransomware era.

A seasoned cybersecurity veteran, Russell brings years of extensive experience in cyber strategy, risk management, cyber resilience, and digital transformation to Commvault in the APAC region. With a proven track record of helping organisations and governments across Asia Pacific define and manage their cyber risk postures, Russell has extensive experience in implementing, transforming, and operating capabilities, including embedding cyber security into organisational culture.

“I am excited to bring my experience to Commvault, especially at a time when cyber risks are intensifying in our region. My focus will be on enhancing cyber resilience strategies including helping organisations across APAC strengthen their recovery capabilities. These days, when it comes to cyberattacks, it’s not a matter of if but when, and I look forward to working with enterprises to advance their cyber readiness and preparedness,” Russell said.

The recent State of Data Readiness market analysis by Commvault & Tech Research Asia has identified critical lapses in cyberattack recovery efforts across APAC organisations.

According to the report, cyber resiliency maturity levels remain low in the region. The data also shows that cyberattacks are not abating, with many organisations still vulnerable to significant breaches, especially targeting production data, secondary and backups. Of those organisations that experienced a cyberattack, only 35% successfully recovered 100% of their data. 

A key priority for Russell in his new role is to work with organisations to strengthen their cyber resilience strategy and help them safeguard against this increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber threats.

“We have made significant strides in recent months to assemble a senior team with unparalleled skills and experience. Gareth’s appointment furthers the expertise we can provide to our customers and partners as they work to keep their data safe and secure,” said Martin Creighan, vice president, Asia Pacific, Commvault. 


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