Cyberthreat update from Acronis CPOCs: Week of March 1, 2021

Here at Acronis, we’re always monitoring for dangers to your data, deploying updates to handle newly-discovered vulnerabilities, and issuing alerts and recommendations to help you stay protected. Our global network of Acronis Cyber Protection Operations Centers (CPOCs) continue to work around the clock to proactively detect and defend against the latest cyberthreats.

Part of this work includes video updates to inform you of modern hazards in the digital landscape — such as ransomware strikes on major companies and vulnerabilities in popular business applications. Here’s a look at some of the most recent breaking news and analyses:

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.

How MSPs can talk to clients about Cybersecurity Awareness Month

How MSPs can talk to clients about Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity is a pressing concern for every organization, and many rely on an MSP to deliver the expertise and experience that their business lacks. The ability to talk knowledgeably and confidently about security issues is no longer limited to managed security service providers (MSSPs) – it is an absolute must for any MSP that wants to remain in business.

Armed with the free Acronis Cybersecurity Assessment Questionnaire, this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month can be a great opportunity for you to help your clients while nurturing your MSP business.

Vulnerability assessments and patch management: more important than you think

As the number of people working from home remains at record levels, it’s important to remember that cybercriminals compromise home computer users and businesses in a variety of ways. One of the most popular and effective tactics is exploiting vulnerabilities in software, either in the operating system itself or in any third-party applications that are installed.

Let's look at what vulnerabilities are, how they are closed, the challenges of patch management, and how the newly released Acronis Cyber Protect strengthens your patch management capabilities.  

Acronis uncovers critical vulnerabilities in GeoVision

Research by Kevin Reed, Acronis CISO; Alex Koshelev, Acronis Security Researcher; Ravikant Tiwari, Acronis Senior Security Researcher

When a security manufacturer learns of critical vulnerabilities in their devices, there is an expectation they’ll act quickly to fix the problem. Yet August 2019 became the first of the many months when Acronis would patiently wait for an update (in vain, as it turns out) from one manufacturer in particular.