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Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:27

Acronis Cyber Protect 15: total cyber protection needed as 31% of companies face cyber attacks daily


It's 2020, and daily cyberattacks are the norm for companies these days, as nature's viruses join those from the world of tech to bring forth humanity's biggest challenges yet, but Acronis has risen to the cyber protection challenge.

In the world of cyber security for businesses, educational institutions, governments and all other organisations, large and small, there have never been more products and services out there to protect you, be they hardware or software based, along with cyber security training for yourself and your staff.

The thing is, many organisations and managed service providers now offer a raft of different solutions, many of which aren't integrated at all, resulting in an ever more complicated patchwork of solutions, each with their own licensing requirements and resulting security gap problems. Given the licensing nightmares that a company can find itself dealing with, it's also refreshing when Acronis promises that its cyber protection solutions are available at a "low and predictable cost".

When new challenges emerge, humanity rises to the challenge in different ways, and sometimes it requires new thinking from a potentially unexpected player to usher in a new era that shows the rest of the industry how it should be done.

One such company is Acronis, having started a couple of decades ago in Singapore and growing over that time to become a true leader in cyber protection, and last month, released its game changing new product: Acronis Cyber Protect 15, which will also be one of the many things to be discussed at next week's Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020, held from October 19 to 21, which can be attended free (with free registration) on any device and from any location, and which will be a great event for cyber security professional to attend. 

So, what makes Cyber Protect 15 different?

It's in the features and benefits it offers, which is to integrate backup, disaster recovery, next-generation anti-malware, cybersecurity, endpoint management tools (with software updating, patch management and more) into a single solution.

It also offers a "unique integration of data protection and next-generation cybersecurity capabilities – including AI-based behavioural detection that stops zero-day attacks, URL filtering, vulnerability assessments, videoconference protection, and automated patch management – so that organisations can protect against modern cyberthreats while ensuring they can recover their data and systems faster than any other solution".

It's quite the offering, and one that competitors will struggle to match - and will surely be quick to try and copy.

After all, companies are often using backup and disaster recovery software from one vendor, anti-malware from another, endpoint management software from someone else, amongst other solutions, and when these programs aren't integrated, there's a real hodge-podge of software to manage, license fees to pay, security gaps to consider and more.

Acronis says its new product "comes at a time when businesses are struggling to safeguard their data and infrastructure against the risks of the new remote work landscape".

There's plenty of information in the Acronis Cyber Readiness Report, with the blog post here and which also includes a direct download link to the PDF report.

The first link also lets you download a demo version of Acronis Cyber Protect 15 so you can try it out for yourself.

The report takes a close look at how prepared organisations were to adapt to the pandemic’s impact on their IT operations and cybersecurity posture, and which "surveyed 3,400 global companies and remote workers in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic".

What are some of the findings?

Well, the report reveals "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".

It also shows that "the challenge for organisations is that managing the protection of data across the company network and all of those new devices using a stack of different solutions is expensive, time-consuming, and complicated. The lack of integration also creates gaps in the organisation’s defences that cybercriminals are exploiting".

Also revealed is the fact that as hackers target remote workers, phishing, distributed denial of service (DDoS), and videoconferencing attacks are the most common tactics used.

More eye-opening stats include:

  • 39% of the companies experienced a videoconferencing attack in the past three months as workers rely on apps like Zoom, Cisco Webex, and Microsoft Teams. Cisco recently revealed a vulnerability in its Webex app that could allow attackers to open, read, and steal potentially valuable or damaging content.
  • Malware attacks such as ransomware also have increased during the pandemic, with 31% of companies reporting daily cyberattacks and half (50%) being targeted at least once a week, including in July when a leading manufacturer of GPS technologies allegedly paid $10 million in a WastedLocker ransomware attack. Acronis Cyber Protection Operating Centres (CPOCs) found that 35% of customer endpoints were exposed to malware attacks that were still getting through before the deployment of Acronis Cyber Protect.
  • Phishing attacks are occurring at historic levels, which is not surprising since the report found only 2% of companies consider URL filtering when evaluating a cybersecurity solution. That oversight leaves remote workers vulnerable to phishing sites – Acronis CPOCs discovered that approximately 10% of users clicked on malicious websites in May, June, and July.

Acronis says its findings and external research "illustrate why organisations need a cyber protection solution that reduces complexity and improves security to support remote work environments, and the solution must be cost-effective to address the scale of remote workers".

What Acronis has created is "modern protection" for the "modern cyber landscape".

Serguei “SB” Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis said: "The cyberthreat landscape has changed dramatically during the past few years, and in the last six months in particular. Traditional stand-alone antivirus and backup solutions are unable to protect against modern cyberthreats.

"Organiaations that moderniae their stack with integrated data protection and cybersecurity not only gain greater security, they lower their costs and improve efficiencies. 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.”

As noted before, Acronis Cyber Protect 15 truly integrates just about every protective measure a modern business needs - and Acronis has the results to back up its claims:

  • 10% of users might click on malicious links that lead to phishing attacks, but the URL filtering in Acronis Cyber Protect blocked all of those sites – protecting the users, their devices, and their company’s data.
  • Videoconferencing 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.
  • 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. If the GPS manufacturer had Acronis Cyber Protect, it would never have paid a $10 million ransom.
  • Indeed, Based on the current cyberattack rate, the unique integration of backup and cybersecurity enables Acronis Cyber Protect to prevent an estimated $150 million in direct losses for its customers each year.

Acronis says the comprehensive cyber protection delivered by its new Cyber Protect 15 solution "will continue to be vital in the post-pandemic landscape. With 88% of the remote workers surveyed by Acronis expecting to work from home to some extent even after the pandemic ends, ensuring their protection and cybersecurity will require the kind of integration and automation found in Acronis Cyber Protect 15".

There's plenty of information in the Acronis Cyber Readiness Report, with the blog post here, which also includes a direct download link to the PDF report.

The official Acronis Cyber Protect video is here:

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