SMBs face cybersecurity challenges post-pandemic

After a year of struggling to adapt to the pandemic-driven shift to remote work, rapid SaaS application adoption, and an FBI-documented 300% increase in cybersecurity attacks, small and mid-sized business (SMB) tech leaders and advisors are looking ahead with relief to a return to relative normalcy. But certain challenges are expected to remain, especially in light of their paltry budgets. In fact, Untangle’s 2020 SMB IT Security Report notes that 39% of SMBs are still investing less than $1,000 per year on IT security.

Our recent panel-driven virtual conference, A New Playbook to Protect Your Users from Cyberthreats in 2021, examined how small-business IT managers anticipate that many changes wrought by the pandemic will have lasting effects on their cybersecurity strategies.

Combatting new cyberthreats with a new playbook

No matter how skilled and capable your IT manager or team is at running checks on network and data, they are only as good as the technology stack you rely on. Between juggling server issues, software updates, printers not working, and constantly reminding your employees to reset passwords, they don’t have time to focus entirely on protecting your data, systems, and applications.

The technology to keep your businesses running and users productive needs to be reliable and secure.

Acronis Channel experts reveal how to defend MSP clients against cyberthreats

Cybercrime is escalating at an alarming rate. As a result, experts forecast $6 trillion in damages in 2021 alone. Join Acronis Channel experts Amy Luby and Candid Wüest at IoTTSA Beyond the Curve today (January 20) at 2:00 pm to learn about the most dangerous cyberthreats facing the industry in the year ahead – and how a comprehensive cyber protection solution keeps your MSP business and your clients protected and profitable through it all.

Evolution of Disaster Recovery

During the past few decades, disaster recovery has evolved from copying every document (creating mountains of paper) to saving backups on tapes, and from recovering documents stored on floppy disks to cloud backup and recovery. What once took days or even weeks to accomplish can now take hours or mere minutes.

The modern speed of disaster recovery has been spurred on by what’s happening around us, so Acronis took an “inside-out” look at what was going on in the world and how developments in disaster recovery responded in this infographic.

Acronis Cyberthreats Report: 2021 will be the “Year of Extortion”

They say those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it – and no one wants to repeat 2020. That’s why, as the end of the year approaches, the experts at our global network of Acronis Cyber Protection Operations Centers (CPOCs) have gathered their research, findings, and observations from the past year to create the Acronis Cyberthreats Report 2020.

Designed to help our customers and partners stay informed, the report is based on the authors’ analysis of attack and threat data collected by our CPOCs, which monitor and research cyberthreats 24/7. Malware data was collected by more than 100,000 unique endpoints around the world.

The full report provides insights into the top security/threat trends of 2020, reviews malware families and ransomware’s most dangerous groups, and identifies the vulnerabilities that enabled the most successful attacks -- and projects the greatest cyberthreats we can expect in 2021.

Cyberattacks continue against Zoom and Governments

New cyberattacks continue to roll in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including exploits of the most popular video conferencing service and doubling-down on the DoppelPaymer ransomware strain.

Here’s a quick recap of the latest updates to these attacks and the planned responses.

World Cyber Protection Week Survey Reveals Most IT Pros Back up Their Data – But Still Can’t Sleep at Night

As we near the end of World Cyber Protection Week – a natural (and necessary) extension of World Backup Day – we’re zero-ing in on what our 2020 survey of IT pros worldwide revealed when it comes to their experiences with data loss and protection today. We wanted to know their current thinking about and approach to keeping data and systems safe, accessible, private, authentic, and secure (SAPAS) today. And the results are revealing for our service provider partners too, shedding light on what their clients are particularly concerned with – and investing in – when it comes to protection today.

Here’s a quick look at how these pros approach data protection, what’s keeping them up at night given the current threat landscape, and what can be done so they can rest easier.

World Cyber Protection Week results for IT Pros

As the first-ever World Cyber Protection Week begins to wind down, we’re taking an in-depth look at what the results of this year’s survey mean for IT professionals around the world.

With this IT pro-focused review, you’ll learn where your peers are excelling, where they aren’t, and how you both stack up to – and can get ahead of – the pack.

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.

Acronis Predicts 2020 IT Ops Trends

The pace of change in the world is accelerating and, as the world becomes more digital, IT professionals know that cyberthreats are evolving even faster. Everyone needs to protect their organizations and clients from the financial and reputational damage that cyberattacks cause, while maintaining employee productivity, revenue growth, and client satisfaction.

With that backdrop in mind, let’s consider these 10 predictions for 2020.