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Acronis on GigaOM podcast

On the heels of prominently featuring Acronis in his recent “Radar for Hybrid Cloud Data Protection” report, analyst Enrico Signoretti spoke with our Chief Cyber Officer, Gaidar Magdanurov for a new episode in GigaOM’s Voices in Innovation podcast series.

The 30-minute conversation focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the data protection and cybersecurity landscape, and what the long-term effects of the near-global lockdown will likely be. Naturally, there was a heavy focus on the cyber protection implications of the incredible shift to working from home.

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.

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 Cyber Dragon and the basics of cyber protection

The modern world is more dependent upon data than at any time in history. That means safeguarding data – and the applications and systems that rely on data – is vital for individuals and organizations alike.

Unfortunately, traditional backup and cybersecurity solutions are no longer enough because they cannot keep up with today’s threats. The world needs modern solutions that can protect data, applications, and systems.

Acronis has been advocating a new approach called cyber protection, which combines the best of data protection with innovative approaches to cybersecurity, while incorporating technologies that ensure the privacy and authenticity of data.

Let’s explore the basics of cyber protection.

Mozy customers want more than Carbonite

When Carbonite acquired Mozy for $145 million more than a year ago, the news understandably spooked many long-time Mozy customers and service provider partners. What would happen to their data? Would their costs increase? What kind of support could they expect?

Carbonite made a good show of trying to ease concerns, but communications were apparently less than ideal. Many Mozy users were surprised when Carbonite started being installed on their systems – and based on the reports we’ve been hearing from users and our managed service provider (MSPs) partners, the migration experience has not been smooth.

Since their backup solution is going to change regardless, now is a perfect time for former Mozy users to consider alternatives like Acronis, which offers several advantages over Carbonite.

Just released - Acronis True Image 2020

They say that the only constant in life is change. That’s never been more apparent than in today’s digital world, where the amount of data we generate grows exponentially, hackers use cutting-edge technology to make their attacks more effective, and individuals spend more on multiple services and solutions to protect and defend our personal data.

In our ongoing mission to protect all data, applications, and systems – wherever they are found – today we’ve released Acronis True Image 2020, the new version of our award-winning personal cyber protection solution. With more than 100 enhancements designed to improve its performance and multiple new features that provide greater protection and control, this new release delivers everything an individual needs to ensure they never lose another file.

In case you missed it, Microsoft issued a warning last Friday to alert users that they might experience issues with the upcoming May 2019 Update for Windows 10 (version 1903) – and the issues are difficult to avoid. The good news is that Microsoft’s proactive communications means you can take precautions to protect your data before you initiate the update.

Use these seven tips to manage any changes ahead, whether it’s a standard Win 10 update, if your one of the 35% of companies upgrading from Win 7, or you’re coping with any future system update.
 

Five Simple Steps to Better Backups

Five Simple Steps for Better Backups

We might only be a few days removed from World Backup Day 2019, but the idea that 65% of consumers confirmed they suffered data loss (as revealed in our annual survey of attitudes and habits about data protection) has been rolling around in my head ever since. After all, that’s nearly 30% more people who reported they or a family member lost data in 2018 – a significant jump.

The fact we all use more data and we’re accessing that data on more devices makes it obvious that we’re also creating more opportunities to lose that data – so that increase is understandable. But we still can take steps to try to reduce the frequency of data loss despite the increase in volumes and devices.

It seems now is a great time for a reminder about the steps needed to keep your data safe. The following five recommendations are designed to help you negotiate the modern risks to your data given today’s habits of data use and the ever-evolving threats that lurk online.

Trends from Four Years of Acronis World Backup Day Survey

Every year Acronis celebrates World Backup Day with special deals, discussions, and global surveys of data protection habits, experiences, and concerns. While these celebrations evolve year-to-year to reflect the changing landscape of cyber protection, Acronis’ World Backup Day Survey includes many points that are tracked each year.

Responses to these annual questions offer a fascinating look into how consumers have valued and protected what matters on their devices over time.

World Backup Day 2019 Survey Results

As World Backup Day 2019 approaches this Sunday, the results of Acronis’ global annual survey regarding the public’s knowledge and habits of data protection are in – and with 65 percent of consumers reporting data loss by themselves or their family members, it looks like 2018 was a particularly dangerous year.

In addition, as CEOs and other C-level executives increasingly lose their jobs following data incidents, the 2019 survey also marked the first time we’ve polled business professionals regarding their knowledge and data protection habits as well.

The findings of this year’s World Backup Day Survey reveal some notable contradictions between consumer beliefs and practical choices, as well as an interesting contrast between the value people and businesses place on their data’s value and the steps they take to protect it.