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As part of its 2021 Cyber Protection Week activities, Acronis, a global company in cyber protection unveiled a new, no-cost version of Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, its award-winning service provider solution. The new licencing makes it more profitable for service providers to design and offer a comprehensive cyber protection services portfolio with little to no upfront costs. With this announcement, the company’s current Acronis Cyber Backup Cloud will be extended with cyber protection capabilities – including the company’s best-of-breed backup, award-winning anti-malware, and protection management – and renamed Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud. “Using separate tools to address different IT requirements and counter cyber threats is a complicated, inefficient, and costly way for service providers to operate,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Founder and CEO of Acronis. “By unifying data protection, cybersecurity, and protection management in one, any service provider can eliminate the complexity and management headaches while improving security. With this new licensing model for Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, our partners can deliver superior cyber protection services to their clients at little to no upfront cost.” Ensuring cyber protection By adding advanced protection packs, MSPs gain the flexibility to deliver the optimum level of cyber protection Featuring a set of essential cyber protection capabilities included at no cost or on a pay-as-you-go basis, the new version of Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud enables MSPs to build services at little to no upfront expense, ensuring 100% coverage of clients' workloads with cyber protection.MSPs can also expand their service portfolio to meet client requirements and market demand with advanced protection packs that extend their capabilities. By adding advanced protection packs such as Advanced Backup, Advanced Security, Advanced Disaster Recovery, and Advanced Management onto of Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, MSPs gain the flexibility to expand and customise their services to deliver the optimum level of cyber protection for each client and every workload. One-stop cyber solution Installed with one agent and managed through one console, the centralised management of Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud ensures MSPs can fully protect their clients without having to juggle multiple solutions. A single pane of glass provides the visibility and control needed to deliver comprehensive cyber protection – from creating local and cloud-based backups to stopping zero-day malware attacks with advanced AI-based anti-malware and antivirus defenses that are VB100 certified.“Acronis’ new licensing model is simplified and their pricing is only getting better for the feature set that Acronis provides on a single agent,” said Matt Couch, UIT Project Engineer at Fisher’s Technology. “Additionally, the onboarding webinar was easy to follow and I feel confident that Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud provides our clients with the most cost-effective and secure solution on the market.” Power of integration The announcement comes as Acronis announced the findings of its annual 2021 Cyber Protection Week survey, which surveyed 4,400 IT users and IT professionals from around the world. One of the key findings was that more solutions do not mean more protection – 80% of organisations now run as many as 10 solutions simultaneously for their data protection and cybersecurity needs, yet more than half of those organisations suffered unexpected downtime last year because of data loss.Acronis has long recognised the cost, efficiency, and security challenges that arise from deploying multiple solutions, which is why the company pioneered the field of cyber protection, integrating cutting-edge cybersecurity, best-of-breed backup, and protection management in a single solution. To ensure service providers can build their cyber protection service easily, efficiently, securely, and profitably, Acronis’ new licensing model is effective March 31.
Acronis, a pioneer in cyber protection, announces the acquisition of Synapsys, its long-time partner located in Cape Town, South Africa that specialises in distributing Acronis Cyber Protection Solutions through the service provider channel. Marking the latest move in the company’s accelerated growth plan, it is Acronis’ fourth acquisition in the past 18 months. Synapsys is a channel-centric group of companies that delivers Acronis Cyber Protection Solutions to thousands of customers through a network of sub-distributors, resellers, and managed service providers (MSPs) in South Africa and across the continent. Strategic growth opportunity It is comprised of two businesses: Synapsys Systems (Proprietary) Limited, a specialist software distributor and the region’s authorised Acronis distributor for on-premises solutions since 2003, and Synapsys Distribution (Proprietary) Limited, which services the MSP market using the Acronis cyber cloud service provider platform. Synapsys has been a trusted and valuable partner in our efforts to extend our cyber protection solutions" “Synapsys has been a trusted and valuable partner in our efforts to extend our cyber protection solutions to organisations across the African continent. This acquisition will give their users direct access to our technology and support,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Acronis’ Founder and CEO. “At the same time, Africa is becoming a strategic growth opportunity for Acronis and acquiring Synapsys provides us with a permanent presence on the continent. The move is beneficial for Acronis, the African MSP channel, and the organisations and users that need to safeguard their workloads and systems against the modern threat landscape.” Protection against modern threats The acquisition dovetails perfectly with Acronis’ ongoing Global/Local Initiative, which aims to provide expanded in-country access to the company’s worldwide resources. As demand for cloud and managed services increases around the world, it creates opportunities for service providers who deliver Acronis Cyber Protection Solutions. The Global/Local Initiative reflects the company’s commitment to stay close to its partners and help them grow their business while protecting their clients against modern threats. Peter French, Synapsys’ Managing Director, will now serve as Acronis’ General Manager for the Middle East/Africa market. In making announcement, he commented on the unique relationship that led to the acquisition. Long-standing relationship “No business school advice tells you to put all your eggs in one basket. But this is exactly what we did with Acronis, and we have never regretted it,” French said. “Our laser-focus and partner-centric ethos is backed by our alignment with Acronis’ mission, especially the drive to the cloud and the cyber protect approach to data protection and digital security.” Former Synapsys partners can look forward to a closer relationship with Acronis" “This deal feels like a natural extension to this long-standing relationship. Partnerships are about relationships which are about people: we are looking forward to continuing to support MSPs across Africa in keeping the ecosystem cyber protected, now as part of Acronis. And former Synapsys partners can look forward to a closer relationship with Acronis, working through the same core team on the ground whom they have grown to trust over the years.” Cyber protection solutions After a planned transition period, Synapsys will be integrated into Acronis and will be responsible for all Africa Sales of Acronis’ world-class cyber protection solutions. As part of the company’s accelerated growth strategy, Acronis will continue to examine potential acquisitions that will extend its ability to address the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection — solving the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges that face data, applications, and systems.
Acronis, a pioneer in cyber protection, unveils the details of the new Acronis #CyberFit Partner Programme. This update to the company’s existing programme places increased emphasis on supporting partner development, particularly for cloud-based services, while rewarding service providers and resellers for their expertise, commitment, and growth with Acronis through performance-based benefits and financial compensation. Acronis’ cloud ecosystem has more than doubled since 2018 and last year saw the largest growth in the number of new partners, with a 30% increase in the number of active service provider partners during 2020. Modern protection challenges Now, based on feedback from its partners, Acronis provides a partner programme that supports forward-thinking go-to-market strategies – enabling partners to earn more while deploying cloud-based solutions that are uniquely suited to meet their clients’ modern protection challenges. “While adoption of cloud-based solutions was steady during the past decade, 2020 accelerated that trend tremendously as the COVID-19 pandemic forced organisations to pivot to remote work environments that rely on cloud solutions,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Acronis’ Founder and CEO. “Managed service providers played a major role in making that happen, and we want to help all of our partners take advantage of those opportunities. The new #CyberFit Partner Programme is designed with those MSP and MSSP partners in mind, while also ensuring that traditional partners and resellers who want to become MSPs have the world-class support they need to succeed.” Acronis partner programme Reimagined as a unified programme for service providers and resellers, the Acronis #CyberFit Partner Programme now includes: Financial incentives that increase as partners advance within the programme’s levels, including rebates and proposal-based market development funds (MDF). Marketing and sales assets, with additional marketing automation tools and renewal tools coming in March 2021. Account management assistance that increases with programme level, with dedicated marketing support available to Platinum partners. Enhanced technical support to enable faster response. Sales and technical training via the Acronis #CyberFit Academy, with courses available both live and online. Providing total marketing Acronis’ new #CyberFit Partner Programme was designed to create this exact kind of relationship" Given the breadth of the enhanced #CyberFit Partner Programme, industry observers have noted that Acronis is clearly providing the support that many in the IT channel are seeking. “In today’s digital-focused world, it is critical for vendors to connect easily and efficiently with partners to optimise the user experience,” said Phil Goodwin, Research Director, IDC. “Acronis’ new #CyberFit Partner Programme was designed to create this exact kind of relationship. By enhancing this offering over the past few years, Acronis has demonstrated its commitment to providing total marketing, technical and financial support to its partners now and in the future with a dedication to cyber protection solutions.” Cyber protection solutions Acronis also revealed that beginning in March, partners will be able to engage with a new Partner Portal, a platform that will make account management and communication with Acronis easier than ever. “Our partners’ success is our success,” says Acronis Channel Chief Alex Ruslyakov. The launch will be followed by the 2021 Acronis #CyberFit Partner Kickoff event “By increasing our sales, marketing, and technical support tools and training, we’re making it easier than ever for partners to protect and delight their customers with Acronis’ world-class cyber protection solutions. Acronis continues to invest in partner development and growth to our mutual benefit.” The launch will be followed by the 2021 Acronis #CyberFit Partner Kickoff event, held virtually on February 2 at 10 a.m. EST. Attendees will learn more about Acronis’ roadmap for 2021 and what to expect over the course of the year — including additional new tools, licencing models, and training opportunities. Evolving threat landscape In announcing the expanded programme, many of Acronis’ existing partners have welcomed the announced changes. “We are excited by the new Acronis partner programme,” said Kuo Yoong, Cloud Programme Manager, Synnex Australia. “This programme incentivises a stronger partnership between Synnex and Acronis partners to further grow Acronis cybersecurity solutions to protect reseller businesses in the evolving threat landscape.” UbiStor, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Dan Hill had a similar reaction, saying, “Today, we are all relying on data like never before, and we are at ease knowing our customer’s data is safe and secure with Acronis’ effective and affordable solutions coupled with UbiStor’s 24/7/365 managed services. We are thrilled to be a part of the newly improved Partner Programme and excited to take advantage of the new incentives to work closely with Acronis as a partner.”
Acronis, a global provider of cyber protection, announced it was partnering with the World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity to join the efforts of this private-public network to respond to the world’s growing cyber security threats. As the digital economy becomes an ever-increasing driver around the globe, cyber security becomes a primary concern. Engaging leaders from business, government, civil society, academia, and a multitude of sectors, the World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity champions cyber security as a competitive advantage that creates value and opportunities for public and private organisations. Security and cyber resiliency Through this partnership, Acronis will contribute its unique approach to cyber protection, which provides a comprehensive approach to cyber security, to develop innovations that will solve the security and protection challenges of the future. Specifically, Acronis will engage in the Cyber Risk and Corporate Governance project to help establish a baseline understanding of key cyber security issues, while providing guidance on strategies for security and cyber resiliency. “The Forum’s most recent global risk report noted that the top five global threats were cyber security-related, with cyber attacks and data theft among the most immediate dangers,” according to Acronis Founder and CEO Serguei “SB” Beloussov. Cyber security obligations Acronis brings a unique perspective to the protection challenges facing today’s institutions" “Having been at the forefront of the new IT discipline of cyber protection, Acronis brings a unique, comprehensive perspective to the protection challenges facing today’s institutions. By collaborating with our peers, we can ensure business and government leaders have the tools and frameworks needed to meet their cyber security obligations of the modern world.” As part of the company’s new involvement in the platform, Acronis Founder and CEO Serguei “SB” Beloussov brought his expertise to the Centre for Cybersecurity’s annual meeting, which occurred 16-17 November 2020. Cyber protection platform “Cyber security is critically important in the digital world, yet every day we witness successful breaches. Acronis uniquely offers a cyber protection platform that natively integrates the five layers of protection into a single offering: prevention, detection, response, recovery, and forensics,” said René Bonvanie, Chairman of the Board of Acronis. "In doing so, Acronis is offering a highly effective and efficient approach to modern cyber security challenges.” The partnership also means institutional leaders from both the private and public sectors will benefit from strategy and governance standards that have been developed, in part, using the holistic approach of cyber protection.
Acronis, a globally renowned provider of cyber protection, announced the acquisition of CyberLynx, a renowned Israel-based cyber security consultancy firm with a presence in the U.K., Switzerland, and Luxembourg. This acquisition marks Acronis’ third in the past year, which continues the company’s accelerated growth plan. As a premier provider of security audits, penetration testing, and proprietary training solutions, CyberLynx enjoys a global customer presence built on cutting-edge technical expertise and strong connections with leading forensic suppliers. Acquiring these capabilities will advance Acronis’ mission to deliver advanced cyber protection to organisations around the world. Integrated cyber security “Acronis’ acquisition of CyberLynx demonstrates its commitment to strengthening its expertise in cyber security,” said Frank Dickson from IDC. “By providing integrated cyber security and data protection offerings, Acronis reduces the complexity of implementing cyber security and improving IT resiliency." "The CyberLynx acquisition will strengthen Acronis’ services offering, further enhancing Acronis’ ability to be an active partner in improving client organisation’s security posture with training and consulting solutions.” Security service providers Acronis can assist managed service providers and managed security service providers as they protect clients Acronis will integrate CyberLynx’s services into its suite of Acronis Security Services, expanding the training and solutions available to increase an organisation’s security posture. Drawing on CyberLynx’s expertise in threat simulation and analysis, Acronis can better assist managed service providers (MSPs) and managed security service providers (MSSPs) as they protect their clients and serve as the “last line of defence” against the latest threats. “Adding CyberLynx to our portfolio helps Acronis provide security evaluations services to our partners, empowering them to improve their clients’ protection,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Acronis’ Founder and CEO. “Working with our security team and global network of Cyber Protection Operation Centres, we will assist MSPs as they transition to MSSPs delivering training in incident response, penetration testing, and forensic analysis.” Cyber threat landscape With this acquisition, Acronis adds new layers of dynamic security and training services to its community of 50,000 IT channel partners. "In advancing its vision of cyber protection, Acronis has been redefining how organisations should be thinking about data protection and cyber security against the today’s cyber threat landscape, and we’re thrilled that the next stage of CyberLynx’s contributions will be as part of such a visionary company,” said Noam Herold, Founder and CEO of CyberLynx. “Our team looks forward to collaborating with our new peers to continue strengthening the security of organisations around the world.” As the company continues its accelerated growth strategy, Acronis plans to consider additional acquisitions that will further enhance its offerings with new technologies and capabilities that address the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection - solving the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges that face today’s data, applications, and systems.
W Series, the international single-seater motor racing series for female drivers only, is delighted to announce a new cyber protection and security partnership with Acronis, a globally renowned provider of cyber protection solutions. Global Cyber Security Partner The multi-year agreement sees Acronis become W Series’ new Global Cyber Protection and Security Partner, providing bespoke technology solutions for W Series’ on-track racing programme, which will resume in 2021 and the W Series Esports League which launched in June 2020. Plans are already in place for a bigger and better on-track W Series season in 2021, including at least two races on the Formula 1 calendar, in Austin, Texas, USA, and in Mexico City, Mexico. Acronis will implement video and brand analytics of W Series’ on-track and virtual races Acronis will develop and maintain a secure data management system, improving W Series’ ability to store, analyse and share content with partners. Enhanced by their award-winning artificial intelligence technology, Acronis will implement video and brand analytics of W Series’ on-track and virtual races, thereby accelerating the generation of content through predefined access and filtres. Cyber protection solutions Acronis’ range of cyber protection solutions are developed upon a five-pronged principle that aims to deliver Safety, Accessibility, Privacy, Authenticity, and Security (SAPAS) to organisations and users. This design methodology ensures that Acronis solutions deliver not only the highest calibre of safety and security to data, applications, and systems, but also a guarantee that data is tamper-free and easily accessible for smooth day-to-day operations. Acronis Cyber Protect One of Acronis’ top products that W Series will be using is the Acronis Cyber Protect, which provides fast and reliable backup, AI-powered anti-malware and anti-virus, and comprehensive endpoint management in a single solution. This integrated approach to cyber protection eliminates complexity and makes it simple for users to manage and monitor data across an entire network. Some of this technology will be delivered by Teknov8, a global provider of cyber security solutions that will support Acronis’ partnership with W Series as the Official #CyberFit Delivery Partner. Catherine Bond Muir (Chief Executive Officer, W Series) said, “Acronis’ innovative and award-winning cyber protection solutions are used by many of the major automotive companies and sporting organisations around the world." Acronis – W Series multi-year partnership She said, “Therefore, today’s announcement of a multi-year partnership against the backdrop of the ongoing global health crisis and the devastating economic impact that it has had, is a significant endorsement of W Series and our mission.” Acronis’ support will be vital as we prepare to resume our on-track racing programme in 2021" Catherine adds, “It has become clear in our discussions with Acronis that they are as committed to improving equality and diversity in motorsport as we are, and their bespoke data management system will improve the speed and accuracy with which we can share our content, thereby helping to spread our message further and faster.” She further stated, “Acronis’ support will be vital as we prepare to resume our on-track racing programme in 2021 with a schedule which is bigger and better than ever before. The W Series Esports League has also kept our drivers sharp and our fans entertained, and Acronis’ commitment to that brand-new platform reflects our own.” Enhancing cyber security in work from home environment Serguei Beloussov (Founder and Executive Officer, Acronis) said, “Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, cyber-attacks have increased five-fold. Cybercriminals are ruthlessly targeting a workforce that has largely migrated to working from home on less secure networks.” Seguei adds, “Acronis Cyber Protect is perfectly designed to combat this threat, as it allows for system administrators to remotely manage and protect even devices that are not on the same network, so home users can keep both their professional and personal data safe and secure.” He further stated, “We are honoured to have been chosen to help the W Series team get #CyberFit, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the team.”
Most business today is conducted at the edge, with employees working from home on vulnerable, often personal, endpoint devices. As the amount of sensitive corporate data accessed by devices out of an organisation’s control grows, so does the attack surface that the IT team must safeguard. In response to this complex reality, Acronis announced the development of an integrated solution for managed service providers (MSPs) designed to enhance the protection of their clients’ Citrix Workspace assets, no matter where they sit. Citrix is driven to deliver a consistent work experience, free from complexity and distractions, that enables employees to perform at their best. Intelligent digital workspace And solutions like Citrix Workspace - the secure, intelligent, and high-performing digital workspace that enables greater employee productivity and engagement - have become critical, as two-thirds of all employees have reportedly switched to remote work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge for organisations is countering the dramatic increase in sophisticated cyberattacks The challenge for organisations is countering the dramatic increase in sophisticated cyberattacks targeting remote workers whose home systems and networks are rarely as resilient as office environments. Compounding that challenge: New research reveals 47% of remote workers worldwide report a lack of guidance from their IT teams on working remotely. That combination leaves them vulnerable to attacks that not only hurt their productivity, but also put valuable company data and systems at risk. Cyber security capabilities “Providing a consistent experience that is secure and reliable for employees, regardless of where they are working, is critical to keeping them engaged and productive,” said PJ Hough, EVP, Chief Product Officer, Citrix. “Through Acronis’ integration with Citrix, companies can provide comprehensive cyber protection that enriches the security of virtual apps and desktop users without getting in the way of their experience, and ensure their assets and data are protected now and into the future.” The integration of Acronis Cyber Protect with Citrix Workspace, made possible through the APIs and SDKs of the Acronis Cyber Platform, adds advanced cyber security capabilities that enhance Citrix’s existing privacy and security measures. Comprehensive cyber protection As a result, the VB100 certified antimalware solution secures endpoints with real-time protection that uses AI-based static and behavioural heuristic, on-demand antivirus, antiransomware, and anticryptojacking technologies to prevent direct attacks against the Citrix Workspace app. Given the increased sophistication of modern cyberthreats, any access point can be vulnerable to malware attacks that can destroy or alter files and inject malicious code. Without adequate cyber protection, a successful attack on a virtual desktop can put the entire environment at risk Without adequate cyber protection, a successful attack on a virtual desktop can put the entire environment at risk. Once the first client machine is compromised, the infection can move laterally across the network, encrypting data on other machines and leaving the target company open to devastating downtime and lost revenue. Comprehensive cyber protection unites data protection and advanced cyber security in one solution, which delivers a proven defence against such modern threats. Advanced antimalware technology Developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) can enhance their solutions using the APIs and SDKs of the Acronis Cyber Platform. By integrating with Citrix, Acronis Cyber Protect delivers a cohesive and cost-effective solution that enables MSPs to protect virtual desktop environments from direct attacks. Its advanced antimalware technology uses kernel-level drivers to protect files and registry entries from modification, while preventing the injection of malicious code. This integration is the first of several capabilities Acronis has planned to support Citrix solutions, with four additional enhancements being planned for early 2021. Among the features MSPs will soon see available are: Agentless Antimalware Protection for Virtual Machines: Other agent-based antimalware protection tools on the market require their technology to run inside each virtual machine in the environment, resulting in both greater complexity and consumption of resources. Acronis plans to integrate Acronis Cyber Protect directly with Citrix’s virtual apps and desktops solutions, which will reduce complexity and cost while streamlining resource consumption. Antimalware Protection for User Profiles: As the frequency and effectiveness of ransomware attacks increase, 50% of companies worldwide report experiencing cyberattacks at least once a week. Countering those attacks requires a proven solution, and testing by independent cyber security labs such as AV-Test and Virus Bulletin shows that Acronis Cyber Protect’s antimalware detects 100% of the latest malware attacks with zero false positives. Agentless Backup for Citrix Hypervisor: Most backup tools run a full-size agent inside each virtual machine, increasing the complexity of the overall system, as well as the resource consumption on the virtualisation host. Acronis’ agentless backups for Citrix’s virtualised environments provides a more efficient way to capture backups by decreasing RAM/CPU consumption up to 10-times -significantly reducing the time it takes to manage multiple backup agents per virtual machine. Continuous Data Protection for User Profiles: Throughout the workday, employees can make unintended changes to their data, such as accidentally deleting important files. This kind of data loss not only affects the individual user’s productivity, the entire business can suffer as a result. Using continuous data protection technology, the Acronis Cyber Protect agent tracks and backs up every change in user files. Its intuitive interface enables a user to revert files to the latest point in time in a transparent manner, ensuring employees and businesses stay productive. Integrating cyber protection “In this day and age, the need to bring user-friendly, comprehensive cyber protection to virtual desktop environments is more critical than ever,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Founder and CEO of Acronis. “Working with partners like Citrix to develop and deploy integrated technologies is the key to ensuring businesses can survive and thrive in the COVID-19 era - and well beyond.” To learn more about the benefits of deploying Acronis Cyber Protect with Citrix Workspace, readers may visit the company’s official website. MSPs interested in strengthening the security of their Citrix Workspace client can try Acronis Cyber Protect for themselves with a 30-day trial. Any developer or ISV interested in integrating cyber protection into their solutions can learn more about the Acronis Cyber Platform on Acronis’s official website.
Acronis, a global provider of cyber protection, announced plans to expand its global network of cloud data centres, including new state-of-the-art facilities in Canada, New Zealand, and Bhutan. Announced at the Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020, the expansion ensures that the full range of Acronis Cyber Protection Solutions will be available to partners and organisations around the world, which is critical now that an estimated two-thirds of employees work remotely and rely on cloud-based services. Services data centres The rise of edge computing around the world means more data is now created and used away from company networks" The announcement also revealed Acronis’ plan to add an additional 100 micro data centres to its global network, which already includes collocated and managed services data centres in the U.S., the U.K., Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and Singapore. Another new data centre in Vancouver, Canada was announced earlier this month. “The rise of edge computing around the world means more data is now created and used away from company networks,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Founder and CEO of Acronis. Cloud data centres “Micro data centres enable the efficient deployment of edge computing, particularly in emerging markets. As part of Acronis’ Global-Local Strategy, this expansion allowing us to provide the local, cost-efficient, bandwidth efficient, and low latency cloud services our global partners demand. It demonstrates our commitment to offering the cloud-based services and cyber protection that partners and users need in today’s digital world.” With Gartner forecasting that the worldwide market for cloud management and security services will continue growing more than 25% by 2022, and Technavio projecting that the global edge data centre market will progress at a CAGR of almost 14% by 2024, the new cloud data centres announced will put Acronis in a strong position in both areas. Cloud-based cyber protection The expansion further enables Acronis to extend the reach of its cyber protection solutions “While reliance on cloud-based access to production data and controls has been increasing during the past several years, the pandemic accelerated its adoption worldwide among organisations,” notes Phil Goodwin, Research Director, IDC. “Developing a larger network of cloud data centres, especially in emerging markets, enables Acronis to cultivate new partners and customers who are actively seeking cloud-based data protection and security platforms and solutions.” The expansion further enables Acronis to extend the reach of its cyber protection solutions delivered through the Acronis Cyber Cloud platform, which empowers service providers to provide backup, disaster recovery, antimalware, secure workplace collaboration, and blockchain-based data authentication service - all through a single pane of glass. Data centre network “Organisations across the globe rely on data in a way they never have before, which means they need IT providers like us to be ready with effective, affordable solutions,” said Martin Brought, President & CEO, Robson Communications. “Acronis understands what providers need to build our portfolio of services and keep clients protected - not just from the standpoint of the solutions they offer, but also how they price and deliver them. The expansion of their data centre network will help a lot more service providers around the world keep their clients productive and protected.” Endpoint management tools Among the solutions service providers can access through the new data centers is Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud. Among the solutions service providers can access through the new data centres is Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud. This unique integration of backup, disaster recovery, next-gen antimalware, cyber security, and endpoint management tools recently earned the 2020 New Product Innovation Award for Data Protection from Frost & Sullivan. All of Acronis solutions are designed to address the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection, ensuring the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) of an organisation’s data, applications, and systems. Cyber protection solutions Regardless of their size or geography, or whether they are collocated or managed services facilities, all Acronis data centres meet the highest standards of digital and physical security, and feature redundant power and environmental controls ensure constant (99.9%) monthly availability. Service providers interested in learning more about the global network of Acronis data centres or the full range of cyber protection solutions available via the Acronis Cyber Cloud are encouraged to contact the Acronis Partner Program team.
Acronis, a global provider of cyber protection, released Acronis Cyber Infrastructure 4.0, a significant update to the company’s software-defined infrastructure solution. Featuring more than 350 new capabilities and enhancements, the update helps Acronis partners and end users improve the performance and manageability of their infrastructure while strengthening the security and availability of their data. With 31% of companies reporting daily cyber attacks and half (50%) being targeted at least once a week, organisations can face costly downtime and direct financial losses. Yet too many IT teams and managed service providers (MSPs) still rely on a patchwork of legacy solutions, which is expensive, time-consuming, and complicated to maintain - and the lack of solution integration still leaves gaps in the defences. Software-defined data centre Organisations require security, immediate availability, and reliable performance from their infrastructure" As a scale-out, cost-efficient, multi-purpose, and storage solution for cyber protection, Acronis Cyber Infrastructure is a fast and universal building-block for any software-defined data centre or edge workload. It uses any industry-standard hardware and combines block, file, and object storage workloads with compute and software-defined network capabilities. “Given the speed of business today, organisations require security, immediate availability, and reliable performance from their infrastructure,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Acronis Founder and Executive Officer. “In delivering on our vision of comprehensive cyber protection, integrating Acronis Cyber Infrastructure is a critical component for many of our customers and partners, which is why the enhancements we’ve made as part of this update are so vital.” Enhancements to storage networking Among the performance-enhancing changes, erasure coding improves writing performance and latency for hybrid and all flash tiers up to 50%. Similarly, enhancements to storage networking have increased the performance of multi-thread workloads - with random reads improving up to 40%. The new update also ensures the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) of an organisation’s data, applications, and systems. Among the most notable features included in the update are: Improved manageability Flexible reconfiguration of cluster networking is available with an automated procedure that allows changes to the configuration of network roles or IP addresses in the cluster. Customise S3 geo-replication on the user/bucket level. Improved monitoring for S3 and NFS services. Set storage limits for IOPS and bandwidth for protected workloads and secure stable storage performance. Heightened availability Increase data availability by spreading storage data among new failure domains: room, row, and rack. A failure domain defines a scope within which services might go down together. Enhanced security Management of access to S3 geo-replication is available for buckets with access control lists. Users can enable the access log via Amazon S3 API and get detailed information about the objects in their buckets. Cyber protection strategy In addition to running on industry-standard hardware, it also comes pre-installed on Acronis Cyber Appliance Acronis Cyber Infrastructure is used in Acronis data centres around the world, which support millions of workloads and more than 5,000PB from 500,000 businesses. It is proven technology that enables them to build their cyber protection strategy with confidence. For the full changelog, including all enhancements in Acronis Cyber Infrastructure 4.0, one can refer to the release notes available on the company’s website. In addition to running on industry-standard hardware, it also comes pre-installed on Acronis Cyber Appliance. The full integration of hardware and software delivers a plug-and-play compatibility that ensures fast, hassle-free deployments in any location, and provides seamless support for other cyber protection solutions like Acronis Cyber Protect and Acronis Cyber Cloud. Physical network infrastructure In addition to the version 4.0 enhancement, Acronis Cyber Appliance also delivers new capabilities, including the ability to be added to an existing cluster that’s deployed on another appliance or other hardware. Users can also view any available network interface and connectivity options during the installation, making it a better fit for the physical network infrastructure of an existing data centre.
Acronis announced the release of Acronis Cyber Protect 15, a B2B solution which integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-generation anti-malware, cybersecurity, and endpoint management tools into a single solution. The findings of the Acronis Cyber Readiness Report 2020 illustrate why organisations need a cyber protection solution that reduces complexity and improves security while remaining cost-effective. With Acronis Cyber Protect 15’s unique integration of data protection and next-generation cybersecurity capabilities – including AI-based behavioural detection that stops zero-day attacks, URL filtering, vulnerability assessments, video conference protection, and automated patch management – organisations protect against modern cyber threats while ensuring they can recover their data and systems in the shortest time possible. Acronis Cyber Readiness Report The just-released Acronis Cyber Readiness Report, which surveyed 3,400 global companies and remote workers in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, revealed that 92% of the companies surveyed say they’ve adopted new technologies to enable remote work, including workplace collaboration tools, privacy solutions, and endpoint cybersecurity. Only 12% of global employees chose full office work as an ideal work arrangement. A new normal will likely emerge. Among the 33% favouring “50% office / 50% remote” split, there are the following EU country-level outliers: Sweden – 40%, the Netherlands – 39%, Italy – 39%, Germany – 38%. The report reveals that as hackers target remote workers, phishing, distributed denial of service (DDoS), and video conferencing attacks are the most common tactics used. Remote working Acronis Cyber Protection Centres found that 35% of customer endpoints were exposed to malware attacks Phishing attacks are occurring at historic levels, which is not surprising: research shows only 2% of companies prioritise URL-filtering when choosing a cybersecurity solution. That oversight leaves remote workers vulnerable to fraudulent websites. 39% of the companies surveyed experienced video conferencing attacks in the past months as workers rely on apps like Zoom, Cisco Webex, and Microsoft Teams. Acronis Cyber Protection Centres (CPOCs) found that 35% of customer endpoints were exposed to malware attacks that were still getting through the defences of organisations before the deployment of Acronis Cyber Protect. Cyber threat landscape The findings illustrate why organisations need a cyber protection solution that reduces complexity and improves security while remaining cost-effective. “Traditional stand-alone antivirus and backup solutions are unable to protect against sophisticated modern cyber threats in a dramatically changing environment,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis. Hence, organisations that modernise their stack with integrated data protection and cybersecurity not only gain greater security but also benefit from cost reduction and other scale effects. “The automation and streamlined management of Acronis Cyber Protect 15 means any business can decrease their risk, avoid downtime, and increase their IT team’s productivity,” the founder and CEO of Acronis added. Data protection and cybersecurity Acronis continues to extend the functionality of their technology to meet the modern market needs" With Acronis Cyber Protect 15’s unique integration of data protection and next-generation cybersecurity capabilities organisations protect against modern cyber threats while ensuring they can recover their data and systems faster than any other solution. The video conferencing protection prevents the exploitation of apps like Zoom, Webex, and Microsoft Teams. In fact, Acronis Cyber Protect prevented code execution exploits in Webex before it was patched by Cisco. Malware protection Testing by independent cybersecurity labs such as AV-Test and Virus Bulletin shows that Acronis Cyber Protect’s anti-malware detects 100% of malware attacks with zero false positives. “Acronis continues to extend the functionality of their technology to meet the modern market needs of their sports partners. Arsenal use Acronis for backup and storage, but their newest offering - Acronis Cyber Protect – provides a complete solution by integrating multiple Cyber Protection capabilities into one product,” said Christelle Heikkila, Head of IT, Arsenal.