18 September 2020
Press release

Southampton FC Names Acronis As Its Official Cyber Protection Partner

Acronis will be providing best-in-class cyber protection to the club to protect its critical data, applications, and systems.

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, 18 September 2020 - Premier League football team Southampton FC today named Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, as its Official Cyber Protection Partner. Under the agreement, Acronis will be providing the team with a full suite of cyber protection solutions to protect the team's data assets and optimize data workflow, facilitating the team performing at its best both on and off the pitch.

Head of IT, James Grove, comments: "Southampton FC takes cyber protection very seriously. Global organizations like ours often come under fire from cyberattacks, targeting our sensitive data which includes information on our thousands and thousands of fans. Protecting the data we have been entrusted with is a major priority for us, and we have the utmost confidence that Acronis is the perfect partner to help us do so."

Acronis' solutions are developed based on the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection- Safety, Accessibility, Privacy, Authenticity, and Security (SAPAS). This means that Acronis solutions are designed to not only provide the highest level of security possible, but also ensure that data is easily accessible to those with authorized permission, and that it is both authentic and tamper-free. While security and accessibility are often considered polarized concepts in data security, Acronis solutions prove that you can have the best of both worlds.

One of the solutions Southampton FC will be using is Acronis Cyber Protect, which provides fast and reliable backup and AI-based anti-malware, accessible from a single and intuitive console. While using a patchwork of five-star solutions for separate aspects of cybersecurity will still leave gaps in a system's defenses, Acronis' integrated approach ensures such gaps are eliminated, delivering superior resiliency for organizations like Southampton FC.

Building on its existing partnerships with both Acronis and Southampton FC, the solution will be delivered by Cobweb Solutions, a UK-based Managed Service Provider, as the Official Acronis Delivery Partner.

Acronis' Founder and Executive Officer, Serg Bell, comments: "We are proud to be partnering with Southampton FC, a household name in professional football. We are thankful that the team shares our vision and passion for cyber protection, and we are excited to work with partners who are so passionate about keeping their data safe. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing many employees to work from less secure home networks, more of the world's workforce is being exposed to the digital threats. At this time, taking the necessary steps to protect an organization from both real world and virtual threats amid the pandemic is critically important."

For more information about Acronis #CyberFit Sports Partnerships, visit https://acronis.sport

About Acronis

Acronis sets the standard for cyber protection through its innovative backup, anti-ransomware, disaster recovery, storage, and enterprise file sync and share solutions. Enhanced by its award-winning AI-based active protection technology, blockchain-based data authentication and unique hybrid-cloud architecture, Acronis protects all data in any environment - including physical, virtual, cloud, mobile workloads and applications - all 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 consumers and 500,000 businesses, including 100% of the Fortune 1000 companies. Acronis' products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 30 languages. Learn more at acronis.com.

About Southampton Football Club

Southampton Football Club is a professional football club that plays in the Premier League, the top tier of English football.

Based in Hampshire, on England's south coast, the club plays its home games in the 32,000 capacity St Mary's Stadium, a stone's throw from St Mary's Church, where the club was formed in 1885.

Nicknamed 'The Saints', the club's proudest moment came in 1976 when they beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

After a seven-year absence, the club returned to the Premier League in 2012 following successive promotions from League One and the Championship. Having been named one of the world's fastest-growing football club brands in 2015, the club went on to achieve its highest-ever Premier League finish of sixth in 2016 to secure European qualification for a second consecutive season.

Proud of its 135-year heritage, but constantly moving forward, the club is renowned for doing things differently and using its strong set of guiding principles to turn potential into excellence, both on and off the pitch.

About Cobweb Solutions

Founded in 1996, Cobweb Solutions is one of the UK's most successful cloud solution providers, as recognised by the CRN Cloud Services Provider of the Year 2019 award. Its deep technical expertise and experience helps customers achieve their goals, be successful and stay competitive thanks to best-of-breed cloud technology, comprehensive 24*7 support and managed services.

Cobweb is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and an Acronis Platinum Service Provider. Security and service quality are priorities for the business, recognised by ISO9001, ISO20000 and ISO27001 accreditations and a world-class net promoter score of 76.

Headquartered on the south coast in Fareham, Hampshire, Cobweb also operates in Dubai delivering solutions to customers across the Middle East.

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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