Acronis Cyber Protection Week 2021

This Cyber Protection Week – March 29 through April 2 – individuals and organizations around the globe have experienced changes they couldn’t have planned for. Along the way, many found that the solutions they had in place weren’t enough to keep the data they rely on protected.

It’s time to rethink how we protect data, applications, and systems. And to do that, we surveyed 4,400 personal IT users and IT professionals from around the world, collected their unique experiences and concerns to create the inaugural Cyber Protection Week Global Report.

Why add anti-malware protection to a backup solution?

Everything you need to know about Acronis True Image 2021’s anti-malware technology, including how to turn it off – and why you shouldn’t

Recent releases of Acronis True Image have included an integrated defense against ransomware, the fastest-growing cyberthreat. With the launch of Acronis True Image 2021, we expanded those capabilities to include a full range of advanced anti-malware capabilities, including real-time protection, antivirus scans, vulnerability assessment, web filtering, and videoconference app protection.

In the wake of this release, a lot of you were perplexed by those additional cybersecurity features and asked what was happening with your beloved backup solution.

In this article, we’ll explain why Acronis True Image evolved from a mere backup solution into the world’s first personal cyber protection solution.

World Economic Forum cybersecurity guide for boards of directors

Given our role as a global leader in cyber protection, the Acronis team is often tapped for our expertise and insights. Such contributions are why Acronis is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Centre for Cybersecurity – and why we were part of a working group that contributed to a new report released by the WEF that warns that cybersecurity failure is a “clear and present danger” and critical global threat.

The WEF’s new Principles for Board Governance of Cyber Risk Report notes that while cybersecurity failures are a major threat, the responses from board directors have been fragmented, risks not fully understood, and collaboration between industries limited.

Boards of directors need to play a more active role in protecting their organization from cyber risks. The new WEF report that we contributed to provides a solution to this fragmentation.

Charting a low-risk path to modern disaster recovery

Several new forces have converged to highlight the urgent need for disaster recovery (DR) and to transform its business case. The sudden shift to remote work, the growing reliance on SaaS applications, and a surging cyberthreat environment have created daunting new challenges to preserving 24/7/365 business uptime. The high cost and relative inflexibility of traditional DR solutions call for new thinking, architectures, and implementations – including a path forward that minimizes business risks.

With companies experiencing an average of 14 hours of IT downtime annually, resulting in 545 hours of lost employee productivity, there is a better way ... and we'll be sharing it at DRJ Spring 2021.

Cyberthreat update from Acronis CPOCs: Week of March 15, 2021

Here at Acronis, we’re always monitoring for dangers to your data, deploying updates to handle newly-discovered vulnerabilities, and issuing alerts and recommendations to help you stay protected. Our global network of Acronis Cyber Protection Operations Centers (CPOCs) continue to work around the clock to proactively detect and defend against the latest cyberthreats.

Part of this work includes video updates to inform you of modern hazards in the digital landscape — such as malware strikes on financial institutions and newly-discovered cyberthreats. Here’s a look at some of the most recent breaking news and analyses:

The philosophy of cyber protection: An interview with Candid Wüest

Our very own VP of Cyber Protection Research, Candid Wüest, recently sat down for a video interview with Katie Teitler, Senior Analyst at cybersecurity analyst firm TAG Cyber. Candid and Katie spoke about the philosophy of cyber protection — the integration of data protection and cybersecurity — and how Acronis has translated this into its flagship solution, Acronis Cyber Protect.

Introducing Acronis DeviceLock DLP 9.0

Insider negligence is responsible for a whopping 52% of all data breaches, with a further 17% due to malicious insider action, according to independent research from the Ponemon Institute. The average cost of insider-related incidents is now $11.45 million, having risen 31% over the last two years. When businesses don’t take steps to secure their systems and data from insider threats, their very livelihood is at tremendous risk.

Today, we’re announcing a significant update to Acronis DeviceLock DLP that will introduce new monitoring tools, analytic capabilities, and discovery support for additional workloads — improving our signature data loss prevention solution and further securing business-critical data from the most common form of cyberthreat: insider activity.

SaaS backup: Lessons from OVHcloud’s data center fire

In the wee hours of Wednesday, March 10, 2021, a fire destroyed or damaged four major data centers operated by OVHcloud, the French company that is Europe’s largest operator of cloud infrastructure.

The conflagration in Strasbourg in Eastern France took down millions of websites across Europe and Africa, including government agency portals, banks, retailers, news websites, and an estimated 2% of the entire .FR country domain. Despite a quick response, 100 local firefighters were neither able to contain the blaze nor identify its cause.

SMBs face cybersecurity challenges post-pandemic

After a year of struggling to adapt to the pandemic-driven shift to remote work, rapid SaaS application adoption, and an FBI-documented 300% increase in cybersecurity attacks, small and mid-sized business (SMB) tech leaders and advisors are looking ahead with relief to a return to relative normalcy. But certain challenges are expected to remain, especially in light of their paltry budgets. In fact, Untangle’s 2020 SMB IT Security Report notes that 39% of SMBs are still investing less than $1,000 per year on IT security.

Our recent panel-driven virtual conference, A New Playbook to Protect Your Users from Cyberthreats in 2021, examined how small-business IT managers anticipate that many changes wrought by the pandemic will have lasting effects on their cybersecurity strategies.

Reflecting on women in tech for International Womens Day 2020

International Women's Day is the perfect time to think about the strides female IT professionals have made over the years. While women make up nearly half of the employed adults in the total workforce, recent findings by Catalyst reveal that women hold only a quarter of the jobs in the tech industry.

The idea that there are fewer women in the tech field isn’t what surprised me. The shock came when I realized that number is even lower than it was in 1980. For all of the efforts to open the field, the number of women in tech roles is actually declining!