13 March 2024
Press release

Acronis Brings #TeamUp Program to South Africa by Announcing New Partnership with Lions Cricket

With support from MRB Secure, Acronis will deliver powerful cyber protection solutions to the cricket union


JOHANNESBURG – March 13, 2024 – Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, today announced its latest Acronis #TeamUp partnership with Lions Cricket supported by MRB Secure, a leading managed services company dedicated to safeguarding business’ digital assets. Marking a significant milestone in South African sports technology, this announcement unveils a landmark collaboration representing the first-ever #TeamUp partnership in South Africa, ushering in a new era of innovation and excellence in the region.

Acronis has operated its Cyber Cloud Data Centre, located in Johannesburg, South Africa since January 2022. This Data Centre is one of over 47 operated by Acronis globally. Local presence is a necessity for Security and Cloud businesses and our South Africa Data centre provides local compliance as well as the best possible performance for Acronis End Point Security & EDR, devise Management, Backup and Disaster Recovery Services to our Managed Service Provide partners like MRB Secure and customers like the DP World Lions.

The Acronis #TeamUp Program offers managed service providers (MSPs), like MRB Secure, an opportunity to partner with global sports teams to keep the organization’s systems and data secure. Over time, companies acquire a digital footprint so the need for an integrated approach to cyber protection is imperative to sound cybersecurity. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud paired with Acronis Advanced Backup enables MSPs to extend cloud backup capabilities to their clients by proactively protecting data and information.

"We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with MRB Secure through the Acronis #TeamUp Program,” said Jono Leaf-Wright, Chief Executive Officer at Lions Cricket. “As a premier sports organization in South Africa, we understand the importance for us to prioritize data protection and cybersecurity. This partnership enables us to do just that, whilst also unlocking new opportunities for growth and success. Having confidence in the integrity and privacy of our databases and proprietary systems, ensured by this new partnership, is a valuable asset for all at Lions Cricket."

MRB Secure brings essential expertise to the partnership, guaranteeing robust cybersecurity measures are in place to protect Lions Cricket' critical data. By offering a comprehensive range of services to protect businesses from cyber threats, MRB Secure will deliver Acronis’ comprehensive suite of cyber protection solutions including Acronis Advanced Backup, Acronis Advanced Management, and Acronis Advanced Security + EDR to strengthen the Lions’ security posture.

"At Acronis, we pioneer innovation in cyber protection. We're grateful to expand the program into the region of South Africa, “ said Ciaran Bolger, General Manager UKI, Nordics, South Africa at Acronis. “Partnering with Lions Cricket, backed by MRB Secure, we are redefining sports technology, empowering the team, and enhancing their performance by securing their critical data. This collaboration underscores our commitment to excellence, pushing boundaries in the digital transformation of sports to ultimately ensure a secure future through innovation and resilience."

As the Acronis #TeamUp Delivery Partner, MRB Secure plays a pivotal role in collaborating directly with Lions Cricket’ IT Operations Team. The partnership delivers cutting-edge security solutions, ensuring robust data protection to enhance the overall operational efficiency of the sports team’s organization.

“Joining the Acronis #TeamUp program perfectly aligns with our commitment to deliver top-tier managed services and application support,” said Ian Nettleton, Managing Director at MRB Secure. “Together, we are reshaping the landscape of sports and data management by using an innovative and proactive approach to cybersecurity. MRB Secure stands as Lions Cricket’s' frontline defence against cyber threats, ensuring their data remains secure.”

Service providers are invited to join the Acronis #TeamUp Program to deliver Acronis Cyber Protection solutions to world-class and global professional sports teams. To learn more about Acronis’ #TeamUp Program, please visit: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/lp/msp-sports/

About Lions Cricket

LIONS CRICKET (Central Gauteng Lions) is the custodian of all cricket activities in the greater Sedibeng, West Rand, Vaal, and Johannesburg area and manages the DP World Wanderers Stadium and DP World Lions. @LionsCricketSA #LionsCricket #ThePrideOfJozi #Equality4All

About MRB Secure

MRB Secure is a Global Cybersecurity company which offers complete, integrated solutions tailored to the specific needs and requirements of each and every client.

Their services range from Assessing your Cyberhealth through to managed vSOC solutions which are designed to provide and enable IT Managers with information that ultimately results in efficiency through automated and customised data protection solutions.

Since their establishment MRB Secure has provided a diverse number of industry leading enterprises with peace of mind when it comes to ensuring the safeguarding of their business’ digital assets.

About Acronis:

Acronis is a global cyber protection company that provides natively integrated cybersecurity, data protection, and endpoint management for managed service providers (MSPs), small and medium businesses (SMBs), and enterprise IT departments. Acronis solutions are highly efficient and designed to identify, prevent, detect, respond, remediate, and recover from modern cyberthreats with minimal downtime, ensuring data integrity and business continuity. Acronis offers the most comprehensive security solution on the market for MSPs with its unique ability to meet the needs of diverse and distributed IT environments.

A Swiss company founded in Singapore in 2003, Acronis has 15 offices worldwide and employees in 50+ countries. Acronis Cyber Protect is available in 26 languages in 150 countries and is used by over 20,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses. Learn more at www.acronis.com.
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