06 August 2009
Press release

Acronis helps teachers improve their memories

Backup and recovery vendor takes action to stamp out data loss in schools

London 30 July 2009 - Backup and recovery vendor Acronis has joined forces with Memory 4 Teachers to provide 750,000 free USB memory sticks to teachers across the UK.

With teachers increasingly saving everything from lesson plans, to behavioural reports and coursework on their laptops and PCs, it's vital that they protect this information from the threat of hard drive failure or virus outbreak. This initiative ensures teachers have a backup of their important documents on a memory stick, so if their computer fails they still have a copy of their files. The memory stick also contains a free trial of Acronis True Image Home 2009, a software program which allows users to safely backup their applications and operating system as well as their files.

Recent research from Acronis shockingly revealed that one in ten schools have suffered from a data loss in the last year. In addition, a third of UK schools do not have a backup and recovery policy in place. And with many teachers completing work outside of school hours, a lot of data is stored on home computers which are vulnerable to failure.

"This project works on two levels. Firstly, it allows teachers to transfer data from their classrooms to their home laptops and PCs. Secondly, it ensures that they can backup their work so if their computer fails, they have another point where they can access their important documents," comments Kevin Moreau, UK and Ireland general manager at Acronis. "It would be a catastrophe if a teacher lost an entire term's worth of documents."

The project has been developed in association with LEAs and Teacher Unions. Aside from the free data, the memory stick provides teachers with educational resources. For example, they can access relevant news feeds, free worksheets and lesson plans, plus information on all the main national curriculum subject areas. To register for the free memory stick, please visit: http://www.memory4teachers.co.uk/teachers_registration.asp

Moreau concludes: "It's not fair that teachers should have to fork out to protect their documents. This initiative will allow teachers to keep their data safe for free and hopefully help educate the educators about the need to backup their documents."

About RGS Media Group

Since 1998, RGS Media Group has been working with the public, voluntary and private business sectors providing creative and cost efficient media solutions specifically within the UK education sector. Over that time we have repeatedly delivered effective marketing strategies, public relations and communication to the UK education sector on behalf of our clients. Our declared goal is to provide a complete service for our clients to ensure they achieve the highest possible return on investment (ROI) from our campaigns.

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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