Coronavirus fears foster phishing attacks

Cybercriminals continue to exploit the COVID-19 theme in their cyberattacks, trying to trick user into entering their credentials or personal information on a phishing web page or loading malicious documents that pretend to contain essential information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a quick roundup of examples that show how scammers and hackers are leveraging the crisis.

Intriguing COVID-19 Prevention Being Researched By Two Nobel Prize Winners

As someone who has led his life on the cutting-edge of technology and science, Acronis Founder and CEO Serguei “SB” Beloussov has made a lot of connections in the different scientific fields. Often, this means he is able to connect with some of the world’s leading scientific minds, which is how Acronis was able to get Dr. Rino Rappuoli, Chief Scientist and Head of External R&D at GSK Vaccines, to provide details about COVID-19 and the latest updates on its spread at Acronis’ COVID-19 Outbreak Virtual Conference.

During the presentation, SB discussed the efforts by two Nobel Prize winners who he is friends with. While Acronis is not involved in their efforts, they are exploring an intriguing method for combatting COVID-19 that could potentially help reduce the infection rate.

Acronis CPOC analyzing the recent Ragnar Locker ransomware attack

In a move that’s becoming all too familiar, cybercriminals have encrypted the systems of Energias de Portugal (EDP), one of the largest energy sector operators. The organization faces an $11 million ransom to have these systems unlocked so that they can hope to return to normal operations.

Like all of the ransomware that have filled headlines in recent years, the Ragnar Locker ransomware strain used in this attack would have been detected and eliminated if EDP had Acronis Cyber Protection solutions deployed. Learn how our innovative AI-based cybersecurity technology can help prevent ransomware fallout like this from striking your organization.

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud Delivers 100% Detection Rate, Zero False Alarms

AV-Test, the leading security institute known for putting anti-malware solutions through their paces, recently completed its examination of Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud – our new cyber protection product being released later this month, which delivers a unique integration of backup with full-stack next-generation anti-malware protection and comprehensive endpoint management tools.

The results are in from AV-Test and Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud performed tremendously well.

Demystifying the CARES Act for MSPs

MSPs can benefit from CARES Act aid

The U.S. Government pulled together the largest economic stimulus package in our nation’s history and they did it in one week. This is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to our country’s ability to work together when faced with a crisis the likes of which we have not seen before.

Acronis' Amy Luby just spoke to the CEO of Lendio, Brock Blake, and two MSP business owners, Amy Babinchak and Lori Tisinai, about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, who it is for, and what the best strategies are for accessing those funds. Brock explained who’s eligible for the CARES Act and how Lendio is making it easy for small business owners to apply for and find the right banks.

COVID-19 Outbreak: What to Expect and How to Stay #CyberFit

While most of the world is responding to the coronavirus crisis with compassion, cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of the emergency. Not only do we need to take precautions to maintain our physical well-being, but we also need to safeguard our digital lives as well against these immoral opportunists.

In both instances, people have a lot of questions.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from 13:00-15:00 CET, Acronis is holding an online event with experts who will address the latest updates on the spread of COVID-19, how we can protect ourselves from infection, and what steps we should be taking to counter the cyberattacks that are increasing in the pandemic’s wake.

MSPs Excited for Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud Launch

At last year’s Acronis Global Cyber Summit, a highpoint was launching the beta program for Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud. This solution integrates backup with full-stack next-generation anti-malware protection and comprehensive endpoint management tools for comprehensive, AI-enhanced cyber protection. With endpoint protection, patch management, vulnerability assessments, and AI-based hard drive failure detection – all delivered through single product and a single console – it is poised to be a game-changer.

Now Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is set to launch later this month, so we thought we’d share the reactions several of our MSP partners had of the new solution.

Coronavirus brings spike in cyberattacks

In light of the unfortunate and devastating spread of the COVID-19 pandemic – and the spike in cyberattacks in its wake – the need for cyber protection is even clearer. That need is particularly acute for the people and companies who had fallen behind in the cybersecurity race due to budget constraints or lack of attention.

Now that individuals are deeply stressed, cybercriminals are using every angle of attack, including playing on the natural fear of COVID-19 and the desperate search for information. In the last two weeks, Acronis has seen a significant increase in cryptojacking, while ransomware attacks are growing rapidly as well. 

Acronis #CyberFit Financing connects small businesses to COVID-19 funds

The COVID-19 pandemic is foremost a medical challenge, but the impact that social distancing and self-isolation are having on small businesses can’t be ignored. With countless small businesses relying on Acronis solutions and so many service providers themselves small businesses, we are acutely aware of how the steps needed to contain the virus are also severely affecting our customers, our partners, and the clients they serve.

In response, we are partnering with lenders from around the globe to launch Acronis #CyberFit Financing to provide a much-needed financial safety net.

Backup and storage through the ages

Last week was the inaugural World Cyber Protection Week, a new annual event created to raise awareness of the increasingly complex protection challenges that face today’s home users, IT professionals, and service providers. Throughout it, we shared resources meant to help you prepare for the digital world of tomorrow – today, we’re shifting focus.

Join us for a fun look back at how backup and storage have evolved through the ages – and how it will continue to evolve in the years to come.