Coronavirus Will Increase Cyberattacks Against Healthcare

Criminal activity spikes during times of crises as cybercriminals try to take advantage of the situation. Unfortunately, today’s situation is no exception: most concerning is the vulnerability of healthcare facilities such as hospitals, where the systems that care for patients and lab work are often linked.

Acronis believes we have a responsibility to the public, so we need to warn everyone: we foresee a further increase in ransomware attacks targeting private and government hospital systems in the coming weeks.

Larry Walsh on COVID-19’s Impact on the Channel

The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed us: shaking us to our core as a nation and as individuals as we experience something that’s never happened in modern history. People are scared, people are uncertain, and we don’t know what’s going to come next.

That’s why, when speaking to Larry Walsh, CEO of 2112 Group today about the research they did regarding the pandemic’s impact on the channel, it was refreshing to hear a message of hope amid the constant stream of negativity coming at us – seemingly from every direction.

Acronis COVID-19 Response Programs

The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic has become all too real for individuals and organizations; it’s become clear that the only way to contain the virus and keep the healthcare system from becoming overloaded is to reduce close personal interactions. The need for people to work from home when possible has become critical for businesses that may have never considered the option before.

As a cyber protection company, we believe strongly in protecting data, applications, and systems at all times – even when employees are working from home.

As a result, the executive team at Acronis has decided to make our secure, enterprise-grade file sync and share technology available for free to partners so that organizations can remain both productive and secure during this challenging period.

Acronis Executive Response to COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to spread and impact individuals, organizations, and communities across the globe, we want to share how Acronis is responding to the pandemic.

While our work as a cyber protection company is focused on keeping data, applications, and systems protected, in the face of this crisis, Acronis is committed to ensuring our employees, partners and their families are protected too, while we provide the same high level of support to our partners and customers.

Virtual conference for MSPs on cyber protection

We all know “Knowledge is power.” For organizations, that means keeping up with the latest protection strategies, security technologies, and cyberthreats – because their revenue depends on it. When it comes to delivering IT services, the stakes are even higher because service providers have to deliver the IT solutions that keep their clients in business.

Unfortunately, whether the limitation comes from budget, staff or time constraints, or an unexpected global health threat like the novel coronavirus Covid-19, there’s always something that blocks access to the information that can optimize your work and help grow your business.

That changes with our no-fee, no-travel Acronis Cyber Protection Virtual Conference, which features an eye-catching group of IT leaders and seasoned service providers who share practical, actionable insights – and explain why they believe cyber protection is the way forward.

Session tracks announced for Acronis Global Cyber Summit

When signing up for a conference, the ultimate goal is to walk away with new insights and actionable information that will help you in your current role, while also developing new and lasting skills. Yet too often, conferences that can sound promising often turn into a sales pitch for the sponsor’s latest product. You want to learn about the new solutions available, but the focus should be on learning.

That’s why, following last year’s Acronis Global Cyber Summit, the feedback we received was so rewarding – it all revolved around the strength of the educational content: “It was a great event and not a giant sales pitch!”

Now, we’re proud to say that the breakout sessions at the Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020 that will help you get your organization #CyberFit have been set.

GigaOM publishes hybrid cloud data protection radar

GigaOM recently published its Radar for Hybrid Cloud Data Protection, which positions 14 vendors across their solution and differentiation “radar grid.” Their 2019 review includes a lot of familiar faces, Actifio, Clumio, Cohesity, Commvault, Delphix, Druva, HYCU, IBM, Rubrik, StorageCraft, Veeam, Veritas, Zerto ... and Acronis.

Acronis is honored to not only be included but to have received the fourth-best overall positioning on the radar.

Coronavirus Puts Remote Work Security to the Test

Coronavirus highlights the importance of secure remote work solutions

The outbreak of the coronavirus and the travel restrictions put in place to contain its spread means many companies must leveraging remote work practices to keep their businesses moving and employees safe. But without a secure way to share vital, proprietary data, remote work can put a company at risk.

Given risks that an unsecured sharing solution can introduce, here’s a look at how secure file sync and share can help organizations enable a safe and efficient remote working environment at all times.

Cyber Chat: Getting The Boston Red Sox #CyberFit

The Red Sox IT guru Bill Shield shares details of their IT needs

With pitchers and catchers arriving in Fort Meyers, FL, the Boston Red Sox are starting to prepare for their 2020 season. That will involve analyzing a lot of data, all of which must be protected. Brian Shield, Vice President of Technology and IT for The Boston Red Sox, shared an in-depth look at everything IT at the Acronis Global Cyber Summit last year, which provided keen insights into how world-class, data-driven organizations safeguard their infrastructure.

After his presentation, John Furrier of SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE interviewed Shield to discuss the IT needs of the Sox – from how Acronis enables Fenway Park to respond to cyberthreats to how new 5G technology is being tested at the stadium to how data is used in the MLB to detect talent and signal imminent injuries.

Snake Ransomware Attacking ICS

Ransomware continues to be an active, evolving threat and one of the newest strains to emerge is Snake (also known as EKANS, which is simply “Snake” spelled backward).

First appearing at the end of December last year, the most interesting feature of Snake is that it targets industrial control systems (ICS) environments – not the individual machines, but the entire network. Designed to terminate specific processes on victim machines, including multiple items related to ICS operations, it also deletes Volume Shadow Copies to eliminate Window backups. 

While there is currently no decryption available, systems running Acronis Active Protection – the AI-based anti-malware defense that is integrated into our cyber protection solutions – successfully detects Snake ransomware as a zero-day attack and stops it in its tracks.