Roadmap to the post-pandemic IT landscape: Previewing the last day of #AcronisCyberSummit 2020

A look ahead at Day 2 of #AcronisCyberSummit

The insights and action items from the Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020 roll on. After a great day of training and certification sessions on Monday and a phenomenal kickoff yesterday, we’ll continue the inspirational and informative program today, the last day of this year’s Summit.

There is a lot of programming to choose from – from general sessions to track-specific content to workshops that have limited capacity to ensure attendees get the personal instruction that’s intended. Hopefully, you’ve already created your personal Summit agenda and reserved your spot for any limited seating sessions – if not, you should do so now.

Here’s a quick look at some of today’s highlights. For a complete list of sessions with full details, go to the Summit agenda page for today. Also, you’ll want to check in with Cyber Summit News Live for the latest about today’s sessions and interviews with special guests.

General Sessions

Amid High Profile Attacks, Sports Teams Strengthen Cybersecurity Efforts: From player data, fan data, and proprietary competitive information, today’s professional sports are driven by data – which must be stored, managed, and secured. Learn how IT leaders from world-class sports teams such as the Boston Red Sox, the San Diego Padres, ROKiT Venturi Racing, and Roush Fenway Racing use cyber protection to safeguard the data that’s vital to winning. 

Navigating the Geopolitics of Tech: The UK and Europe have been at the forefront of the need for organizational and individual privacy rights in the digital world. Sir Julian King, who helped write the European cybersecurity strategy, will deliver a keynote about the best practices from the UK and European cybersecurity perspective, and how they can be a model for future privacy law frameworks.

IT Channel – Industry Outlook, Opportunities, and Trends: The IT channel has matured considerably during the past 39 years and the pandemic has accelerated many trends in the market. The result? Now opportunities for the channel look very different from the successful models of the past. Join Forrester Research’s Jay McBain as he unpacks these changes and shares his guidance for 2021 and beyond.

Women in Tech

Inspiring the next generation of female tech leaders is critical for the industry. CNN’s Ana Maria Montero moderates this 10:30 AM EDT panel designed to help women establish a formula for success by driving their career progression, navigating the dynamics of power and influence, and developing a strong business network.

Track-specific Programs

Once again, the sessions in each of the four tracks will offer actionable information and guidance.

IT Channel Track

Impact of Third-party Risk for an MSP: Jay Ryerse, ConnectWise’s VP of Cybersecurity Initiatives, will use real-world examples to highlight the impact of third-party risk from vendors, suppliers, and anyone connecting to clients’ networks.

Stop Selling New Stuff the Old Way: In this exclusive workshop, IT channel expert Karl Palachuk delivers brand new content that’s never before presented anywhere to show how to sell managed security services against today’s threat landscape. Limited seating, reserve your spot.

The Secrets to Moving Fast and Winning Big with Modern Distribution: This panel discussion covers how integration and automation are enabling modern MSPs to win new business and create operational efficiencies.

Developer and ISV Track

Overview of the Acronis Cyber Platform: Follow in the footsteps of the biggest ecosystem vendors and learn how the Acronis #CyberFit Cyber Platform Partner program is designed to get your developers and teams building integrations quickly so you can launch solutions that drive results.

Acronis API and SDK Roadmaps: Acronis shares the latest updates to the Acronis Cyber Platform and its APIs and SDKs. You'll get early insights into our future plans for where the Acronis Cyber Platform will be going.

Enterprise Track

Tales from Automating and Moving to Remote Management of IT: In a pandemic environment, to ensure worker safety you have to limit certain aspects of tasks. That means creatively leveraging automation. Hear how Southern Company has leveraged automation for remote management of data protection.

Delivering Real-World Business Resilience for Secure Digital Transformation: This panel discussion featuring Scale Computing’s Jeff Ready and elevITy’s Paul Hager will explore why relying on just a disaster recovery and backup plan is not enough for today’s IT environments.

Sales and Marketing Track

Generating Leads and Sales: In this workshop, marketing guru Louis Gudema will share actionable ideas and an initial 2021 Action Plan outline that you can build on. You’ll also learn the concepts and frameworks that fast-growing companies are using to drive revenue. Limited seating, reserve your spot.

Pitching Cyber Protection: The service provider business is undergoing a transformation as the needs of their clients place data and digital processes at the center of their business. This workshop shows how service providers are adapting while gaining more time with clients to add value.

Networking and Community Building

IT Channel Lounge

Join the community of IT channel professionals from MSPs, distributors, cloud distributors, resellers, VARs, etc. On Wednesday, the IT Channel Lounge will be open from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT, and the special guests will include:

  • Larry Walsh (10:30-11:30 AM)
  • Rayanne Buchianico (11:00-12:00 PM)
  • Richard Tubb (11:00-12:00 PM)  
  • Dave Sobel (11:30-12:00 PM)

Developers Hub

Developers, DevOp pros, system admins, architects, etc. are welcome from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT to ask questions and discuss their use of the Acronis Cyber Platform APIs, SDKs, documentation, and training.  Learn from Acronis #CyberFit Platform Program members about their integrations, use cases, and opportunities in the Acronis ecosystem. 

Closing Reception

After three days of serious delving into the business and technology of cyber protection, wind down with a bit of fun. After some brief closing remarks from Acronis founder and CEO Serguei Beloussov, enjoy a dazzling high-tech magic show with interactive audience participation.