Data Protection

AV-TEST examines Acronis True Image 2021 integrated antimalware

When Acronis created the concept of cyber protection – the integration of reliable backups and effective cybersecurity – it was because we saw how hackers were creating more sophisticated attacks that start by corrupting backup software, disabling backup agents, and altering backup files.

We knew then that backup without antimalware is no longer sufficient because it couldn’t keep the data protected.

Acronis True Image 2021: The first complete personal cyber protection solution

In today’s digital world, you can lose data in any number of ways. You can accidentally delete something you need. Your hard drive can fail. And now there’s a never-ending array of malware threats that usually start their attacks by targeting your backups so you have no way to recover. And, until now, there hasn’t been a single solution that addressed it all.

With today’s release of Acronis True Image 2021, that all changes. That’s because the new Acronis True Image integrates advanced cybersecurity capabilities with our best-of-breed personal backup.

The result is the world’s first complete personal cyber protection solution – purpose-built to make protection easier to manage and more affordable, while greatly improving the security of data and devices.

Targeted phishing takes aim at Acronis – and loses

Phishing attacks, which involve criminals posing as legitimate contacts use emails and instant messaging to trick victims into providing valuable information like login credentials and banking or credit card details, is a major challenge for organizations ... and it’s on the rise.

The Anti-Phishing Working Group’s (APWG) Phishing Activity Trends Report for Q1 2020 notes that phishing attacks rose to the highest level since 2016, with more than 60,000 phishing sites being reported in March alone.

As a member of APWG, Acronis can confirm that we’ve seen an uptick as well and Acronis employees of all levels receive well-crafted phishing emails every day. Let’s look at one recent example that targeted one of our c-level executives. 

Arsenal FC seamlessly transitions to working from home during lockdown with help from Acronis

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, Arsenal had been working hard to implement new technology to allow its workforce to work from home on an ad-hoc basis. This included the implementation of collaborative and cloud-based technology. Then the crisis hit.

According to Christelle Heikkila, IT Director at Arsenal, “we had a seamless transition for our entire workforce to work from home as soon as lockdown started, from every department around the world as far as Singapore and Australia.”

Acronis has been with Arsenal every step of the way, taking proactive measures to keep Arsenal cyber safe, including the provision of backups for its cloud-based data to give it additional peace of mind. Arsenal was also an early adopter of Acronis Cyber Protect, which has cybersecurity features like a full-stack antivirus solution, vulnerability assessments, patch management, and URL filtering.

Here's a look at how their transition went.

CompTIA’s ChannelCON nailed it!

CompTIA’s ChannelCON nailed it

Connection. If there’s one word that best sums up what CompTIA is all about, it’s “connection”. It connects the global IT community as we all learn, grow, and navigate this amazing channel. One of the best parts of CompTIA is that no matter what the goal is – from new and innovative certifications or trust marks to political lobby missions to conferences aimed at bringing vendors and partners together – CompTIA is all about building relationships.

And I’ve personally seen many of those relationships turn into true friendships.

Phishers are back in the news, but they never really went away

The recent embarrassing hack of Twitter that led to the compromise of some very famous accounts (Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, et. al.) for use in a bitcoin-stealing scam grabbed global headlines for a few days. The story started winding down with the arrests of three young men in the UK and Florida. 

Twitter should feel lucky today that the thieves only set their sights on a small payday (netting less than $120K before they got caught) rather than broadcasting false headlines that might have shaken global financial markets. It’s a useful reminder that phishing remains among the most popular and successful attack vectors for a variety of cybercrimes, accounting for some 30% of all breaches.

Introducing Acronis Cyber Backup SCS Hardened Edition

Organizations dealing with especially sensitive data can’t allow for any level of data loss or compromise. To achieve this level of privacy and security, many rely on ‘ hardened’, air-gapped networks that limit their environment’s attack surface but also limit the solutions that can effectively be introduced to help with daily operations.

Today, Acronis announced the launch of Acronis Cyber Backup SCS Hardened Edition: a full disk image backup solution designed specifically for air-gapped networks in national security, industrial, and financial organizations as well as weapon testing sites, development labs, training simulators, deployed military elements, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and industrial control systems.

Innovation Award in Data Protection

While Acronis develops its solutions to meet the needs of our partners and customers, given our organization’s focus on innovation, it is nice to be recognized for our technological and industry advances too. That is why Acronis is honored that Acronis Cyber Protect recently earned Frost & Sullivan’s 2020 New Product Innovation Award for Data Protection in North America.

Making that recognition even more satisfying is that our game-changing service provider solution scored a perfect 10 out of 10 on the benchmarking criteria of new product attributes and customer impact.

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.

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.