Cambodian children at their new school, built by the Acronis Foundation

As 2018 comes to a close, the Acronis Foundation has completed construction on a new school in the remote village of Prei Changha, Cambodia, near the border of Thailand. This is the third school built by the Foundation’s Schools Initiative in 2018 – along with schools in Myanmar and Tanzania – which illustrates the organization’s commitment to creating, spreading, and protecting knowledge around the world.

Acronis-Microsoft Cloud Partnership Helps Supersize Service Provider Profitability

It’s never been easier for businesses to take advantage of the data security and other benefits the cloud delivers. Indeed, today the security, cost-effectiveness and easy scalability of the cloud compels companies to seek out and leverage solutions – which is driving tremendous growth in data center usage. In fact, the seventh annual Cisco Global Cloud Index report projects that by 2021, 94 percent of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centers and 73 percent of those instances will be in public cloud data centers.

When it comes to cloud storage, the landscape is nuanced. Companies have different requirements – from how much businesses need, to where data is stored, and beyond – which makes a one-size-fits-all option quite challenging. To meet varying needs, business growth requires data-storage choice. The good news is that delivering such choice means business opportunities for IT service providers, provided they have the right partnership in place.

Acronis Holiday Gift Guide 2018

The season of giving is upon us again! Across the country, people are making their annual trek through a winter wonderland to the slightly-less wonderful shopping malls of America. With your friends and family spending more time than ever interacting with digital media, now's the time to give some gadgets and software that will make their digital world better, faster, and safer in the year to come.

Here are 10 tech gifts to help you spread holiday cheer and cyber protection.

Sobering Lessons from the KraussMaffei Ransomware Attack

The recent cyberattack on KraussMaffei, a German manufacturer of molding machinery for plastics and rubber, provides another reminder of the growth, persistence and destructiveness of ransomware. For those unfamiliar with it, ransomware is a type of malware that targets and infects servers, workstations and mobile devices, encrypts all the data it finds, and then presents a note demanding an online payment for the key necessary to unlock the files.

Both businesses and consumers are vulnerable to ransomware attacks: cyber criminals have used it to extort billions of dollars from victims in recent years, and are projected to net another $11.5 billion from them in 2019.  

It’s never been easier for businesses to take advantage of the data security and other benefits the cloud delivers. Indeed, today the security, cost-effectiveness and easy scalability of the cloud compels companies to seek out and leverage solutions – which is driving tremendous growth in data center usage. In fact, the seventh annual Cisco Global Cloud Index report projects that by 2021, 94 percent of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centers and 73 percent of those instances will be in public cloud data centers. 

When it comes to cloud storage, the landscape is nuanced. Companies have different requirements – from how much businesses need, to where data is stored, and beyond – which makes a one-size-fits-all option quite challenging. To meet varying needs, business growth requires data-storage choice. The good news is that delivering such choice means business opportunities for IT service providers, provided they have the right partnership in place.
 

Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Backup

When Gartner announced the 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice awards for Data Center Backup and Recovery products last week, the foresight and vision displayed by Acronis generated a surprise appearance. That’s because unlike the other six vendors recognized as a Customers’ Choice, Acronis was not covered in Gartner’s previous Magic Quadrants for Backup and Recovery.

Instead, Acronis earned the recognition as Peer Insights Customers’ Choice because actual product users submitted enough high-quality testimonials and scores to get the company added to the awards list.

Cryptojacking - The Petty Cyber Crime Hiding a Deadly Threat

One of the fastest-growing malware threats of the past 18 months affects half of the businesses in the world, and most of them don’t know it. It’s called cryptojacking, an unintended consequence of the booming popularity of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Most victims don’t notice that they’ve been hit by cryptojacking because its adverse effects are relatively inconsequential: it just steals CPU cycles from your computer, as well as the electricity required to power it.

Getting hit by ransomware -- a similarly-pervasive and fast-growing but much more destructive malware threat -- is like a roundhouse punch to the face: your files get locked up with encryption until you pay some distant criminal hundreds or thousands of dollars for the key. Compared to ransomware, cryptojacking seems more like a mosquito bite: an annoyance, not a grave threat.

But the harsh reality is that like disease-carrying insects, some cryptojackers bring lethal friends along with them.

Protecting New Devices from Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday has come and gone, and once today’s Cyber Monday 2018 is over, we will have survived the annual marketing onslaught of retailers once again. It’s interesting to see how the sales event has evolved during the past 15 years or so – what was once a one-day, post-Thanksgiving promotion has turn into a weeklong campaign that is the biggest driver of holiday sales -- especially for electronics and home tech.

No matter what day you got your new device, however, you’ll want to take a few steps to keep that device – and your data – protected.

Acronis - Manchester City Partnership

We’ve talked about how world class sports teams rely on data to maintain a competitive advantage. It is vital to their training, strategy development, and improving performance. The insights generated from that data make it an incredibly valuable asset, which is why so many teams choose Acronis’ technology to keep their data safe.

Another sports leader has joined the ranks of teams who rely on Acronis. Manchester City Football Club – the current English Premier League champions and part of the eight-team City Football Group – has entered into a new global technology partnership. As part of the partnership, Acronis will help the Club enhance and develop its data backup and storage capabilities.

Acronis True Image 2019 Cyber Protection

There are few constants in the world. The sun will rise in the east. Rain will fall. Dropped toast will always land buttered-side down. And as quickly as technology advances, the threats to the data we rely on every day evolve as well.

While it is difficult to imagine every potential data loss event, since our founding 15 years ago, Acronis has gotten very good at anticipating and responding to threats so customers are always protected. Every solution Acronis offers is designed with the Five Vectors of Data Protection in mind – ensuring data is Safe, Accessible, Private, Authentic and Secure. We remember it by its acronym: SAPAS.

This week’s update for Acronis True Image 2019 is the latest addition to our SAPAS-defined protection portfolio.