business backup

As a Mozy alternative, Acronis ticked all the boxes for Executech

A lot of former Mozy users find themselves looking for an alternative solution before they are forced to transition to Carbonite’s software.

Any service providers looking to connect their customers with the best Mozy alternative should consider the outstanding results one of our managed service provider (MSP) partners experienced migrating from Mozy to Acronis Cyber Cloud, which is detailed in a recent case study. We take a quick look at their journey.

2019 year in review

There were several developments in the world of cybersecurity and data protection during the past 12 months that will have long-term effects on efforts to safeguard data, applications, and systems. As 2019 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at a few highlights to see how quickly things are changing.

We hope this walk down memory lane will remind individuals, businesses, and the service providers who look to help those users why modern cyber protection strategies are needed to face the ever-changing landscape of cyberthreats.

What CCPA will mean for business

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect later this Wednesday, January 1, 2020, and if you have any customers that reside in California, you need to take steps now to protect the privacy of any sensitive information you collect on them. Fail to do so, and your business faces potential fines as well as embarrassing and costly consumer lawsuits.

The good news is that if you’ve already stepped up your data privacy game for GDPR, you’re already on the path to achieving CCPA compliance, although some terminology and requirements differ.

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.

Hurricane Dorian shows why cyber protection is vital to disaster preparedness

Faced with cyberthreats like ransomware and cryptojacking, it’s no surprise modern organizations have focused on their cybersecurity posture. Yet Hurricane Dorian shows that storms, floods, and fires still threaten a company’s digital assets just as seriously as hackers do.

Backup without cybersecurity is no longer enough. But cybersecurity without data protection isn’t enough either.

A recent IDC whitepaper revealed that cyber protection – which combines proven data protection and cutting-edge cybersecurity – provides an effective strategy against both digital and physical threats.

Acronis Backup Solutions for VMware Deployments – A Modern Approach with 15-Second RTOs

VMware’s annual conference, VMworld, is underway with thousands of IT professionals gathering in San Francisco to share and discuss the innovations that help businesses deliver speed, flexibility, and security to meet modern IT demands.

Learn how Acronis backup solutions fit into this conversation and pave the way for organizations increasingly shifting to the cloud to succeed.

Security, IT operations and data owners must work together

IDC's Rob Westervelt, Research Director, Security Products, explores how the need to protect corporate data and IT infrastructure requires security teams to partner more closely with data owners and operations staff – and uses recent examples of ransomware attacks to show why each group must independently enforce the policies that govern corporate data.

"Building a cohesive security program requires integrated technologies,” he writes, “but organizations can't ignore the fact that people are an essential ingredient for an effective program."

 

Business Data's Value Means Cyber Protection is Needed

IDC's Andrew Smith, Research Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure, offers his thoughts on how enterprises are collecting more data than ever before and learning how to use that data to digitally transform their business...and how its increased value has implications for storage, usage, and security. A new data strategy should be considered.

"Solving this problem requires the right data strategy," he says, "something inclusive which spans organizational disciplines and ensures the flood of data being welcomed with open arms doesn't end up washing us away."

British Airways Hit with GDPR Fine

The kaboom you heard earlier this week was the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)  laying the hammer on British Airways in the form of a ₤183.39 M ($230M) fine for its failure to prevent a 2018 data breach that disclosed sensitive data on over half a million BA customers.

It’s exactly the kind of disaster that BA could have avoided had it heeded our advice early last year: “Get moving fast to improve cyber protection and privacy for your customers’ sensitive data. It won’t be long before national regulatory agencies start levying massive fines on well-known companies that fail to do so.

Ransomware Attack Costs .5 Million in Riviera Beach, FL

Ransomware continues to be a nightmare for individuals and businesses worldwide – but in the U.S., municipal government offices increasingly seem to be the target of choice for cybercriminals.

The city of Riviera Beach, Florida made news recently when it announced it was paying approximately $600,000 in ransom to undo a ransomware attack it suffered in late May. In addition to the ransom paid, officials also invested more than $900,000 into new hardware in the hopes that they do not have the same vulnerabilities as the old ones.

That’s $1.5 million in damages from one attack.

Unfortunately, it sounds like city officials could have avoided making this payment and additional investment if they had followed some basic data protection strategies.