April 17, 2008
Press release

Acronis continues sponsorship of National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

BURLINGTON, Mass., April 17, 2008 - For the past four years, Acronis (www.acronis.com/en-sg/), a provider of affordable, scalable storage management and disaster recovery software, has sponsored the annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) — and 2008 is no exception. Acronis donated licenses valued at $100,000 of its Acronis True Image Echo Enterprise Server, Acronis True Image Echo Workstation, Acronis Universal Restore and Acronis Snap Deploy for use in both the national competition being held this week in San Antonio, Texas, as well as for regional competitions held across the country earlier this year.

The Acronis software provides a level playing field for contestants by ensuring all network systems and laptop settings look exactly the same before they begin, as well as providing disaster recovery and migration to virtual machines. Each team inherits a fictional operational business network with email, web sites, data files and computer users. Scoring is based on each team's ability to correct network problems, perform business tasks and defend their networks from hostile cyber attacks. Acronis True Image also provides contestants with the ability to perform their own backups and recover systems.

"This competition is like 'March Madness' with computers — everyone is anxiously awaiting the final result and we can't afford any technical disruptions that could hold up a competitor," said Dwayne Williams, Competition Director, National CCDC. "Should a network disruption occur, Acronis True Image backup and disaster recovery software assures us we can get the competition going again within minutes. It's also a huge time saver for our small IT team of three – we don't have to manually build out the servers, laptops, and workstation we use in each of these events."

"We've had the opportunity to witness the tremendous talent of these students since the outset of the competition," said Walter Scott, CEO of Acronis. "This isn't just a competition about running a fictional IT department; it's a real-life challenge that brings together the best practices of technology with the ingenuity of tomorrow's best and brightest student IT stars."

The competition is held April 18-20, 2008 in San Antonio, Tex., and consists of 50 college students that advanced to the National CCDC after winning regional competitions in the Southwest, Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions. The teams represent colleges and universities including the Community College of Baltimore County, Texas A&M, University of Louisville, Baker College at Flint, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Mt. San Antonio College.

About the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

The mission of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition system is to provide institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student's depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems. For additional information, please visit www.nationalccdc.org.

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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