The Secret Shortcut to a Disaster Recovery as a Service Offering

Implementing a disaster recovery (DR) program used to be hard – from getting space in a co-location data center, to redeploying depreciated hardware, to dealing with dedicated black-box hardware. Through the magic of the cloud and sophisticated software that integrates backup and orchestrates failovers to cloud-based recovery machines for production, a DR offering has now become the simplest way to increase revenues and deepen client relationships.

Enabling a fully-functional managed disaster recovery as a service program, leveraging existing client backup data, can be as easy as the flip of a switch.

Acronis Cyber Protect is hereThe catchy title for this post celebrates a special moment. Not many companies have a chance to disrupt and transform an old, stable industry, but that’s exactly what Acronis did today.

That’s because we’ve released Acronis Cyber Protect – our game-changing cyber protection solution that integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-gen anti-malware, cybersecurity, and endpoint management tools into one integrated service.

As a result, we’re eliminating complexity, improving productivity, and enabling our managed service provider (MSP) partners to easily and efficiently scale while making security a focus of their service portfolio.

IDC reports on the Acronis Cyber Protect release

A recent report from IDC offers an exciting first look at the newly released Acronis Cyber Protect saying it shows Acronis' potential to disrupt traditional IT security vendors with integrated data protection and cybersecurity capabilities. Read their full report and explore our most innovative release for yourself here.

Healthcare MSP West One Technical at the Acronis Cyber Summit

At the Acronis Cyber Summit 2019, we expanded our Acronis Cyber Platform's capabilities even further and partners that attended were very interested to see how they could leverage the platform to add more value to their customers by protecting new data sources, supporting new data storage locations, implementing new data management functionality, and enhancing their applications with cyber protection.

We had an opportunity to interview several partners and hear from several of our healthcare-focused MSP partners in particular. Three of these exciting interviews about Acronis Cyber Platform are highlighted here.

Remote workers need cyber protection

When we made the decision a few weeks ago to delay the general availability of Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, it was because we wanted to incorporate new cyber protection features for remote workers and workloads. After all, an unprecedented number of people were suddenly being forced to work from home, and their data, applications, and systems needed protection.

That same day, we got an email from our colleagues at the market research firm DCIG to let us know they just published a blog article about how one of their analysts successfully used Acronis True Image for cyber protection and resilience at his home office following a hardware failure.

The timing couldn’t have been more synchronistic.

Cyberattacks continue against Zoom and Governments

New cyberattacks continue to roll in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including exploits of the most popular video conferencing service and doubling-down on the DoppelPaymer ransomware strain.

Here’s a quick recap of the latest updates to these attacks and the planned responses.

MSPs Can Leverage the Power of Platform Integration

The typical managed service provider (MSP) faces a daunting array of obstacles to building a successful, sustainable and profitable business. To meet these challenges, MSPs must squeeze efficiencies out of their existing tech infrastructure and staff – even as they add new services. Acronis believes the key to this effort is a broad-based leveraging of integration and automation.

We’ve outlined the opportunities to MSPs in deploying broader suites of cyber protection services as well and tactics to address the accompanying integration challenges in a new white paper titled The Five Levels of MSP Platform Integration. Here’s a brief preview.

Cyberattacks Target Remote Work Tools

Remote access to business environments has become a vital part of everyday work during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the common ways an employee like a tech support staffer can connect to a remote employee’s work computer is the Remote Desktop service, which has some well-known security vulnerabilities.

One widely-used remote desktop service, Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), is susceptible to DLL Side Loading attacks, in which hackers exploit the lack of an integrity check to replace a legitimate Windows dynamic-link library (DLL) with a malicious copy under the same name that is then loaded by the importing process.

CoronaVirus ransomware and infostealer attack

At the moment, scammers are trying to cash in by sending out emails that promise pandemic relief money. The emails impersonate official entities such as the U.S. Federal Reserve or other official institutions. With subject lines like “Receive Payment” or “Relief Payment Form”, anxious users are motivated to click on a link that redirects to a phishing website, which tries to steal personal information or online banking credentials. Other email variants use these stimulus bills as bait to deliver a password protected “COVID 19 Relief.doc” document that contains a financial trojan or ransomware.

And we still see waves of classic COVID-19 themed malware threats making the rounds. One such threat example that we came across recently dropped a combination of ransomware and infostealer malware.

Cybersecurity software proven to need self-defense

At Acronis, we’ve taken the ability for security software to defend itself seriously right from the start. In 2017 and 2018, our solutions were tested for self-defense capabilities by independent labs, and their research revealed Acronis Cyber Protection Solutions delivered excellent results.

Of course, we continue to improve our technologies with every release and constantly research what we can improve in all aspects of cyber protection.

Given our mission of delivering cyber protection solutions that ensure the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) of data, in preparing for our upcoming Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud launch, we improved the self-defense capabilities even further.