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Acronis Delivers Enterprise-Grade Control and Security for Mobile File Access and Sharing in the Enterprise

Empowers IT to Control the Level of Security Needed and Promote Productivity From Personal Devices

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, November 12, 2013Acronis® today released activEcho® 3.0 and mobilEcho® 5.0, providing enterprise-level management combined with consumer-grade simplicity for secure file access, synchronisation and sharing on mobile devices. These two products now include the Acronis Policy Engine, which provides granular management capabilities to create security policies and ensures control and compliance on all devices.

The number of employees using their own devices at work is on the rise. Gartner® predicts this trend will keep increasing, so much so that 38 percent of companies are expected to stop providing corporate devices to workers by the end of 2016. This growth in personal devices is creating a challenge for enterprise IT departments as they struggle to control the devices accessing information, and from where they are located. Most importantly they need to remain assured that sensitive files will not be exposed to leaks or theft. 

Both of the solutions, launched today from Acronis, address these issues. mobilEcho 5.0 encrypts all of the files on mobile devices, sets expiration dates for file access and logs users’ activity.  Likewise, enterprises can use activEcho 3.0 to enhance the control on their security settings and privileges, so specific employees or groups have access and can share all content or a single file.

"The National Institute of Health (NIH) is a publicly funded medical research organisation that needs to support collaboration among researchers both between the many institutes and centres, as well as with those who work at research centres outside the NIH," said J David Hester, PhD, Solutions Architect at LCG Systems, who works with multiple NIH centres and institutes on data security. "mobilEcho and activEcho not only give the most secure and audit-capable solution that meets the NIH’s Federal and internal security requirements, it is also one that is so simple, the doctors and other users require no training. It makes secure bring your own device a reality for the NIH."

Consumer solutions don’t deliver the required level of control and security, and mobile device management (MDM) solutions only provide control over the device and applications, not the files. Additionally, VPN solutions neither allow users to work offline nor effectively and securely share files with partners.

Acronis mobilEcho and activEcho are deployed on-premise giving IT departments complete control. The two products also go beyond the limitations of MDM solutions and grant secure access to files from mobile devices. The Acronis Policy Engine itself gives the flexibility to implement security and management policies appropriate to the needs of enterprise.

“The workplace has fundamentally changed, and employees are working from home, on the road, and everywhere else,” said Anders Lofgren, VP of product management at Acronis. “Embracing these trends, IT professionals can use mobilEcho 5.0 and activEcho 3.0 to enable their colleagues to work from any device by providing secure access, sharing and syncing of files and data, under a new and easy-to-use Acronis Policy Engine. With these new products, it’s even easier for IT professionals to help their employees stay productive, without losing the security and control that enterprise requires.”

mobilEcho 5.0

mobilEcho is the first secure Mobile File Management (MFM) solution to turn any mobile device into a true business platform by equipping enterprises with the stringent security and management granularity they need. mobilEcho 5.0 offers in-app editing of Microsoft Office® documents, spreadsheets and presentations, military-grade, FIPS 140-2 certified encryption module, and support for Office 365™ hosted SharePoint® sites.

New features in mobilEcho 5.0:

●       Combined and enhanced web administration console

●       Tiered web console permissions

●       Simplified deployment and access to servers and volume

●       Audit logging

●       Designated expiration for access to content

activEcho 3.0                                                           

activEcho is the industry’s only enterprise file sharing and syncing solution that balances the end user’s need for simplicity and effectiveness with the control, security, manageability, and flexibility required by IT professionals.

New features in activEcho 3.0:

●       Redesigned user experience, including drag and drop

●       Sharing single files as well as entire folders

●       New user and admin sharing controls, including share expiration

Both activEcho 3.0 and mobilEcho 5.0 are available to buy now.  

About Acronis:

Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions. With award-winning AI-based antimalware and blockchain-based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment - from cloud to hybrid to on-premises - at a low and predictable cost.

Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 companies, including 100% of the Fortune 1000, and top-tier professional sports teams. Acronis products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 40 languages.

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