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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.

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.

Celebrating Data Privacy Day / Data Protection Day 2020

Data Privacy Day 2020 - Data Protection Day 2020

Do you really know how your personal information is being collected, shared, and used (or misused) on the internet? While there’s a growing awareness that we need to keep our data private, many people underestimate how valuable their personal data is. Yet there’s a reason Facebook, Google, and Amazon have built empires out of what some refer to as the data economy.

A holiday was created in 2008 to commemorate the first legally binding international treaty regarding privacy and data protection. Called Data Privacy Day in the U.S. and Data Protection Day in the E.U., it’s celebrated every year on January 28 as an annual call-to-action for smarter and more responsible management of personal data.

Acronis Gets 47 Million Investment from Goldman Sachs

This week marked an exciting milestone, as Acronis announced that Goldman Sachs was investing $147 million in our future. That funding brings Acronis’ valuation to more than $1 billion, making us the world’s newest unicorn – a designation given to private companies that reach that valuation level – and the first B2B software company founded in Singapore to reach that valuation mark.

As a result, there will be a lot for industry observers to watch in the coming few years.

Yellow Ribbon Fund-Acronis IT Skills Programme

One of the first initiatives of the recently established Acronis Foundation was the creation of the Yellow Ribbon Fund-Acronis IT Skills Programme in Singapore, which taught valuable IT and life skills to inmates as a way to help them build a new life after release and reduce the odds that they would reoffend.

This week, Acronis is happy to congratulate the first 15 participants on successfully completing the first training course.

Separating fact from fiction in The President is Missing

IT security professionals often cringe in amusement when cybercrime-themed novels appear on bestseller lists, like “The President is Missing” by former US President Bill Clinton and fiction author James Patterson. Its plot centers on a “devastating stealth wiper virus” called Dark Ages, likely a nod to recent real-world ransomware outbreaks.

But this is entertainment, not a serious work of scholarship. If you are worrying about a cyberattack that can only be stopped by a superhero, you hopefully are reclined and sipping a piña colada, not thinking about actual IT security strategy.

https://www.acronis.com/en-us/cyber-protection/Acronis celebrates 15 years of data protection

It’s always nice to mark special occasions with friends and family. Acronis was reminded of that pleasure yesterday, as we held the first of several celebrations to mark our 15th Anniversary. Surrounded by our partners, customers and a host of special guests, we hosted a gala event at our newly expanded corporate headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

Not every company successfully competes – let alone leads – in their industry for 15 years, so Acronis is pleased to take a few moments to celebrate our successes.

Acronis and Williams Martini Racing Form Partnership

Continuing its involvement in one of the most data-driven sports in the world, Acronis recently announced a new strategic technology partnership with Williams Martini Racing – the fifth place finisher in last year’s Formula One Constructors’ Championship.

Announced on Tuesday, February 13, the new agreement means Acronis will deliver innovative data protection solutions, including backup, disaster recovery, software-defined storage, and file sync and share.

SpriteCoin Ransomware

The new SpriteCoin ransomware (also known as MoneroPay) leverages a novel social engineering technique – posing as a new cryptocurrency called SpriteCoin. It packs a one-two punch as well, combining a cryptolocker and password stealer in a single application.

The link to the SpriteCoin homepage was published on the bitcointalk.org forum and spread among users interested in new cryptocurrencies. The topic was removed when its malicious nature was revealed, but let’s take a look at the details.

Rapid Ransomware

The Rapid ransomware variant began attacking victims at the end of December 2017, according to the ID ransomware service Malwarehunterteam. This ransomware strain is interesting and unique because it keeps running even after encryption is completed, and continues encrypting files once they are created. Our team analyzed a new sample that was compiled a week ago.