Bristol Airport Ransomware Shows Need for Better Digital Infrastructure in Transportation

 

This past weekend, a ransomware attack hit the U.K.'s Bristol Airport, increasing the stress and inconvenience of travelers trying to reach their destinations, forcing front-line staff to resort to manual, pen-and-paper systems while the airport’s IT team labored to contain the attack.

An undisclosed ransomware strain hit Friday morning and took systems down through Saturday and into Sunday. While the cyberattack on Bristol targeted its administrative systems, the airport opted to take several vulnerable systems offline as a precautionary measure – including public-facing flight arrival and departure information monitors. As a result, airline staff had to update passengers via whiteboards and frequent public address announcements.

The attack illustrates how the transportation industry and municipalities need to increasingly consider the risks of cyberattacks as connected vehicles, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and other technologies become integral to our transportation infrastructure.

New technologies have changed the way that people interact with the world around them. As the first generation of digital natives, Millennials are the most agile in responding to these changes. But why is this always-connected generation so connected to technology and – more importantly – how do they feel about the digital worlds they spend so much time in?

We conducted a survey to learn how Millennials feel about two technologies they use most often: smartphones and social media. Learn what they had to say.

Acronis True Image 2019 Further Enhances Data Security

When Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation was introduced in January 2017, it marked a new level in data protection as the first backup product to deliver effective behavior-based protection from ransomware. Later that same year, with the release of Acronis True Image 2018, we enhanced our Acronis Active Protection set of technologies with artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver an additional layer of security to an already effective and award-winning anti-ransomware defense. 

With the newly released Acronis True Image 2019, we’re bringing even more enhancements to our data security and anti-ransomware technologies, making the product even more secure and user-friendly.  

Acronis joins AMTSO

Acronis joined the Anti-Malware Testing Standard Organization (AMTSO) earlier this year to ensure its solutions adhere to the highest standards of security and help shape the evaluation criteria of future technologies. Acronis is happy to take part in establishing these protocols and procedures for the next generation of cyber protection and to help improve security testing practices overall within the industry.

One important step towards this collaboration was to approve and adopt AMTSO’s Testing Protocol Standard, a process that demanded years of development, trials, and consultation before final approval. It was finally adopted at the end of May, marking a major step for the industry. Here’s why it matters.

9 Considerations When Creating Your Backup Strategy

Today’s businesses are in a constant state of alert when protecting their data. Whether it’s an employee’s careless accident, wildfires in California or cybercriminals at their laptops, the threat of data loss can cause sleepless nights for IT professionals.

To compound this threat, the volume of data that must be protected is growing exponentially. Every day, an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is generated from an increasingly vast and diverse array of sources, from digital photos and videos to IoT sensors and business-critical systems.

According to the Enterprise Strategy Group, backup and recovery capabilities consistently rank among the top IT priorities for organizations of all sizes. The result is increased demand for business continuity (BC) solutions that help businesses keep operations running in the face of disaster.

Global Data Protection Survey 2018

2018 Global Data Protection Survey

As a global leader in cyber protection and hybrid cloud storage, Acronis frequently conducts surveys of online consumers to gauge awareness of data threats and habits of data protection among everyday people. This year’s annual Global Data Protection Survey, which polled members of the general internet population from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Japan, Germany, France, Spain and Singapore during August 2018, revealed some disconcerting trends.

Acronis True Image 2019 is here

Acronis True Image 2019, the 15th Anniversary Edition of our personal backup solution, has just been released and for users looking for protection that keeps their data safe, accessible, private, authentic and secure, they’ll find the new release exceeds their expectations.

That’s because the Anniversary Edition of Acronis True Image 2019 is designed to go beyond traditional data protection, and instead brings a new level of cyber protection that is easy-to-use, efficient, and secure to home and home office users.

 

Acronis Announces Partnership with Microsoft AzureIn the latest move to continually increase choice and flexibility to its customers and service partners, this week Acronis announced a new strategic partnership with Microsoft for deeper integration of Acronis’ data protection products with Microsoft’s Azure cloud services. The partnership will provide expanded access to the public cloud platform, giving customers another option for their backup storage and disaster recovery.

As a result of the partnership, customers and service providers will be able to store their data or clients’ data in the Azure cloud more easily. That’s because Azure will be available as a possible storage destination in future versions of Acronis products, appearing alongside our own secure Acronis Cloud and other public cloud vendors. 

The partnership expands the capabilities Acronis already delivers to those who rely on Azure.

 

Acronis - Arsenal Partnership


Acronis is thrilled to begin a new partnership with one of the most successful and recognized teams in the world of sport: Arsenal Football Club.

We’ve talked frequently about how, at the highest levels of competition, data can be the difference between winning and losing. That’s why teams in data-intensive sports like Formula 1 and Formula E racing rely on Acronis’ solutions.

But the advantage of data extends beyond motorsports, and Arsenal is at the cutting-edge of its use in soccer (aka football to everyone overseas).

With recent Updates 3 and 3.1, Acronis delivers a list of new enhancements that increase efficiency, with the strongest return on investment (ROI) and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) to date. Of course, ease-of-use and security are still of the utmost importance. Update 3 maintains a high bar on all accounts.