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Acronis released Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 for World Backup Day

Acronis, the global leader in cyber protection, has released its annual Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 for World Backup Day 2022 (that falls on 31st March 2022). This global report surveyed over 6,200 IT users and IT managers from small businesses to enterprises across 22 countries. This report give many interesting insights into companies cybersecurity sector, it exposes some of the most critical shortcomings appearing in cyber protection practices today. This report also examines why they are appearing and offers guidance on how they can be fixed. 

Key finding from Acronis Cyber Protection Week Global Report

A key finding from Acronis Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2021 was that 80% of organisations ran as many as 10 different solutions for data protection and cybersecurity. Yet more than half of them suffered downtime due to data loss. From this scenario, it clearly showed that more solutions do not translate into more protection.

For 2022, this trend is getting worse. While 78% of organisations globally run as many as 10 different solutions, 76% of organisations experienced downtime due to data loss, a 25% increase from year 2021. This downtime came from a number of sources, including system crashes (52%), human error (42%), cyberattacks (36%) and insider attacks (20%).

As a result of the above findings and situations, 61% of global organisations IT teams now report a preference for integrated solutions that replace their complicated stacks of cybersecurity and data protection tools with a single, unified console.

“As the entire world is increasingly at risk from different types of attacks, accelerating to universal all-in-one solutions is the only way to achieve truly complete cyber protection. And that’s precisely the problem Acronis has set out to solve,” says Candid Wuest, Acronis V.P. of Cyber Protection Research. “Attackers don’t discriminate when it comes to means or targets, so strong and reliable security is no longer an option, it’s a necessity.”

Overconfidence as a trend: IT teams are overselling their readiness

A worrying trend that came to light from this year’s report, that is responsible for cyber defences lowering and increasing IT security budgets:

  • 70% of organizations’ IT managers claim to have automated patch management. However, based on any reliable industry research, only a handful of companies follow the 72-hour “golden time” for patch management.
  • 82% also claim to have ransomware protection and remediation. Yet, successful attacks occur weekly and the size of ransom demands grows each year.
  • 20% claimed to be testing backup restoration weekly. Again, not consistent with any other industry-issued data.

From the report and insights, it may seem that IT managers are trying to appear better prepared than they are. However, the IT managers in turn are misleading their management, board of directors, industry analysts and customers.

However, if the overwhelming majority of those IT managers indeed have those solutions for cybersecurity and data protection on hand, they are not using them correctly. They just simply stocked their IT stacks with all of the recommended cybersecurity technologies – spending more money in vain.

Acronis Cyber Protection Week Global Report findings prove that organisations are spending more money on IT security for year 2022. However, when comparisons are made to their overall IT budget, it becomes clear that organisations are still treating cyber protection as a “nice-to-have” and not as a “Must-Have”

  • Half of organizations globally allocate less than 10% of their overall IT budget on IT security.
  • Only 23% of organizations globally are investing over 15% of their overall IT budget in security — even despite the increasingly threatening cyber landscape.

Pandemic-driven spike in awareness proves temporary

2 years of global pandemic (and still ongoing) forced the world to change the way we work and live. A hybrid work format was the norm, remote working or working from home. From frequent backups that were fuelled by the shift to remote work, it’s now over. From the findings, a third of IT managers only backup weekly, while another 25% back up monthly. The use of backup practices is declining across the board – only 15% of organisations IT teams adhere to them.

As compared to the 2021 findings (it’s the same as last year), 10% of IT managers still aren’t sure if their company is subject to any data privacy regulations. This just proves that IT managers, just like IT users, get stuck in their own ways.

According to Acronis research, 86% of organisations globally are also concerned about the threat of increasingly politically-driven cyberattacks caused by the worsening geopolitical climate. However, their concern does not translate into improvements to their cyber protection.

The key takeaway is the outdated approaches that professional IT teams have been using and relying on for years are now actively failing them in an increasing complex and demanding work environment, internet and social media world.

A comprehensive, easy-to-follow approach is essential to achieving a more reliable, holistic protection for data, applications and systems – one that combines cybersecurity, data protection and management into one solution.

Users show concern over cyberthreats, but backup habits remain unchanged

What are the backup habits like? From the findings, only 1 in 10 users backup daily, while 34% of users backup on a monthly basis. How many users rarely or never backup? A staggering 41% of users!

How many of them had to recover from a backup? 72% of users had to recover from a backup at least once in the past year, with 33% having to recover it more than once. All these mean that some of the users who chose not to backup have permanently lost their data:

  • 43% of users update a week or more after an update release — of those, 7% take more than a month to perform these recommended updates. A decline in response time compared to 2021.
  • While only 12% of users are following the recommended hybrid model of cloud and local backup storage, users have doubled down on cloud backup: for 4 years, we saw local backups shrinking from 62% in 2019 to 33% in 2022 — at the same time cloud backups jumped from 28% to 54%.
  • 66% of users would not know or be able to tell if their data had been modified.
  • 43% of users are not sure if their anti-malware solutions could protect against new and emerging cyberthreats.

Massive gap – Cyber protection in practice vs cyber protection in theory

From the above findings, insights and analysis from Acronis Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022, there is a massive gap between cyber protection in practice versus cyber protection in theory, now just in organisations, also among individuals.

Acronis provides a number of solutions that are able to bridge that gap — among them Acronis Cyber Protect, used by over 20,000 service providers to protect more than 750,000 businesses.

If you like to know and understand more in-depth about cybersecurity and data protection, as well as more global and regional insights, you can check out Acronis Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 and the regional deep dives, on Acronis website where you can download the reports for free.

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Acronis Cyber Protection Week 2021 Report

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, recently released their findings of their second annual Cyber Protection Week Survey. From this survey, Acronis uncovered a dangerous disconnect between the need for organisations to keep their data protected and the ineffective instruments that they have made trying to reach that goal.

During year 2020 with the COVID-19 global pandemic situation impacting the whole world, companies purchased new systems to enable and secure remote workers. However, those investments that the companies are not paying off. This global survey discovered that 80% of companies now run as many as 10 solutions simultaneously for their data protection and cybersecurity needs. Yet more than half of those organisations suffered downtime last year because of data loss.

Acronis annual survey polled 4,400 IT users and professionals in 22 countries across six continents. The findings from their annual survey dispel the myth that simply adding more solutions will solve cybersecurity and data protection challenges. Investing in more solutions does not equate to more delivering more protection. In many cases trying to manage protection across multiple solutions creates more complexity and less visibility for the IT team, which increases risk.

“This year’s Cyber Protection Week survey clearly illustrates that more solutions do not deliver greater protection, as using separate tools to address individual types of exposure is complicated, inefficient, and costly,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Founder and CEO of Acronis. “These findings confirm our belief that the smarter approach is cyber protection, which unifies data protection, cybersecurity, and endpoint management in one.” 

What are the gaps that contribute to IT challenges?

There is a significant gap in awareness among users and IT professionals of what IT and cybersecurity capabilities are available to them. Not only does this complicate matters, this can cause them to lose valuable time, money and security.

  • 68% of IT users and 20% of IT professionals would not know if their data had been modified without their knowledge because their solution makes determining that kind of tampering difficult.
  • 43% of IT users don’t know if their anti-malware stops zero-day threats because their solution doesn’t make that information easily available. Having easy access to such cybersecurity insights is critical to ensuring data is protected.
  • A shocking 10% of IT pros don’t know if their organization is subject to data privacy regulations. If those responsible for ensuring data privacy don’t know they are culpable, they cannot implement strategies or evaluate the solutions needed to address the requirements. That ignorance puts the business at tremendous risk of major fines for potential compliance violations in 2021.

For anyone using multiple solutions to solve their IT and cybersecurity needs, the lack of transparency into such information only gets worse. The user must not only remember which solution provides a particular data point, they are also constantly switching between consoles to find the details that they need, resulting in inefficiencies and missed insights.

Acronis has long recognised the cost, efficiency, and security challenges that arise from using multiple solutions, which is why the company pioneered the field of cyber protection, integrating cutting-edge cybersecurity, best-of-breed backup, and endpoint management in a single solution. Managed service providers can build their IT services on Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, while businesses can gain the same unified capabilities with the company’s on-premises solution, Acronis Cyber Protect 15.

Individuals’ lax approach to protection

The survey also revealed a staggeringly lax approach to data protection among IT users.

  • 83% of IT users spent more time on their devices last year, yet only half of them took extra steps to protect those devices
  • 33% admit to not updating their devices until at least a week after being notified of a patch
  • 90% of IT users reported performing backups, yet 73% have irretrievably lost data at least once, suggesting that they don’t know how to back up or recover properly

Individuals are not doing enough and putting in enough effort to protect their data, they are also not keeping pace with threats, which is likely due to false assumptions or a reliance of automatic solutions.

Individual IT users can gain the same integrated cyber protection as MSPs and IT professionals with Acronis True Image 2021, the first personal cyber protection solution that unites AI-enhanced anti-malware and award-winning backup in one.

What Action Plans can you do for Cyber Protection Week?

The challenges of protecting and securing data, applications, and systems will continue to grow in the post-pandemic world. To ensure that data is protected, Acronis recommends five simple steps:

  • Create backups of important data. Keep multiple copies of your backups, with one local copy for fast recovery and one off-site in the cloud to guarantee recovery if disaster destroys your copies.
  • Update your operating systems and applications. Outdated systems and apps lack the security fixes that stop cybercriminals from gaining access. Regular patching is required to avoid exploits.
  • Avoid suspicious emails, links, and attachments. Most malware infections are the result of social engineering techniques that trick unsuspecting individuals into opening infected email attachments or clicking on links to websites that host malware.
  • Install antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-ransomware software while enabling automatic updates so your system is protected against malware.
  • Consider adopting a single cyber protection solution to have the central management and integrated protection needed to meet today’s IT requirements.

Cybersecurity, cyber protection and data protection are not just for companies and organisations, individuals can and must adopt and implement them too. Too much protection can a bad thing, you can consider adopting a single cyber protection solution.

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Acronis announced Acronis Cyber Protect 15

Acronis recently announced Acronis Cyber Protect 15, a single solution integrating backup, disaster recovery, next generation antimalware, cybersecurity and endpoint management tools. An organisation’s cybersecurity setup can be tedious and complex, with the one-of-a-kind integration solution Acronis  Cyber Protect 15, eliminating the complexity while improving its data recovery and providing greater productivity.

Acronis also recently released their Acronis Cyber Readiness Report, they surveyed 3,400 global companies and remote workers in the wake of the ongoing global pandemic Covid-19. It revealed that 92% of the companies surveyed said they had adopted new technologies to enable remote work, including workplace collaboration tools, privacy solutions and endpoint cybersecurity.

However, organisations face numerous challenges, one of it is the management of 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. With the lack on an integration across the organisation, this would create gaps in the organisation’s defences, creating opportunities that cybercriminals can/are exploiting.

The Acronis Cyber Readiness Report reveals that as hackers target remote workers, phishing, distributed denial of service (DDoS), and videoconferencing attacks are the most common tactics used.

  • 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 Centers (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.

These Acronis 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.

Acronis Cyber Protect 15

“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,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis. “Organizations that modernize 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.”

With Acronis Cyber Protect 15’s unique integration of data protection and next-generation cybersecurity capabilities – including AI-based behavioral detection that stops zero-day attacks, URL filtering, vulnerability assessments, videoconference protection, and automated patch management – organizations protect against modern cyberthreats while ensuring they can recover their data and systems faster than any other solution.

  • 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 antimalware 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.

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 Cyber Protect, a comprehensive integrated and automated cyber protection solution for businesses and organisations. In this current situation with an ongoing global pandemic Covid-19, working from home and remote work are likely to continue even after the situation ends. The new age workplace in a post Covid-19 world would definitely require the kind of integration and automation only found in Acronis Cyber Protect 15.

If you like to learn and read more in-depth on Acronis Cyber Readiness Report, please visit Acronis blog and read this article, “Pandemic protection lessons: IT teams reflect on their cyber readiness“. Inside their blog article post, you can also find the link to download the Acronis Cyber Readiness Report 2020.

If you are a business owner, cybersecurity for your business is on your top priority matters to implement, check out Acronis Cyber Protect 15, more information and details are available here. If you are a service provider, data protection and cybersecurity for your clients are of the utmost importance, check out Acronis Cyber Protect 15 on how they can help and protect you as a service provider.

Cybersecurity and data protection for businesses and individuals are now even more important and crucial in today’s internet and social media connected world, with the amount of data, transactions and interactions in our business and leisure world today. Due to the ongoing global pandemic Covid-19, the huge disruptions and impacts on business operations and work, people are working remotely or working from home (WFH). They are huge challenges to business and individuals, cybersecurity and data protection are part of them. In a post Covid-19 world, the new age workplace might be a mix of office, remote work and WFH, therefore cybersecurity and data protection will even be more crucial and important moving forward into the new era of work.

Don’t neglect cybersecurity and data protection, for yourself, loved ones, for your work and for your business too.

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Acronis announced Acronis True Image 2021

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, recently announced Acronis True Image 2021 on 20th August 2020. This new release version is an integration of advanced cybersecurity capabilities with unmatched personal backup to create the first complete personal cyber protection solution for home users, prosumers, and small businesses around the world.

The global pandemic Covid-19 has not only caused massive impacts to the world economy, it has also made the world and businesses change how they work, connect and communicate, with working from home (WFH) being the normal and our future of work would be a hybrid work environment. However, this global pandemic has also taught us (both business and employees) that we were not well prepared on remote work or WFH. Securing home machines has never been more important, yet a recent Acronis survey found nearly half (47%) of remote workers never received clear guidance on working from home.

“As more people work or attend classes from home, the FBI documents a 400% increase in cyberattacks because hackers know home systems are not usually as well-defended as an office,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis. “Backup without cybersecurity is an incomplete option in that situation, as is cybersecurity without backup. Acronis True Image 2021 delivers the easy, efficient, and secure cyber protection needed today.”

Fast changing times in Technology – Standalone backup and cybersecurity are obsolete

With the number of everyday technology gadgets we have today, from smartphones, tablets to laptops and desktop computers, and the amount of interaction, communication and transfer of information and data across personal and work environments, the amount of big data is very valuable. No matter whether you are a business organisation or an individual person, you can be a target for cybercriminals for attack and hacking for your data. Cybercriminals are constantly evolving their attacks to reach that data, which is why security research firms such as AV-Test report more than 350,000 new malware threats every day.

A rise and adoption of cloud storage solutions in recent years providing us additional storage space and solutions, storing our backup files and backup software, they are now the target of cybercriminals, not just for hacking and stealing our data, they are often the targets of these new attacks to prevent recovery, backup alone no longer provides suitable protection for users. Similarly, conventional cybersecurity solutions do not provide the data protection and recovery capabilities users need.

Relying on multiple products that were not designed to work together creates security gaps, is more complex to manage, and is more costly. With a single, integrated solution, Acronis True Image 2021 users can proactively stop any malware attack and then quickly restore affected files. The single, intuitive interface reduces the complexity of managing their security and backups.

Integration delivers superior cyber protection

For the last few years, Acronis True Image has been the only personal backup solution with a built-in antiransomware that stops attacks in real-time, while automatically restoring any affected files.

With the launch of Acronis True Image 2021, those capabilities are expanded with the addition of the company’s advanced antimalware technology, which is currently deployed in Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud. This next-gen, full-stack antimalware has been shown by independent security labs such as Virus Bulletin and AV-Test to return a 100% detection rate with zero false-positives.

As a result, home users gain advanced capabilities with Acronis True Image 2021, including:

  • Real-time protection, driven by AI-enhanced behavioral heuristics, which stops all malware – including zero-day attacks by never-before-seen threats
  • On-demand antivirus scans of the full system or quick scans of at-risk files, either of which can be scheduled in advance or run instantly
  • Web filtering that automatically blocks Windows users from accessing malicious websites that harbor malware, disinformation, scams, and phishing attacks
  • Videoconference protection prevent hackers and malware injection attacks from exploiting popular apps like Zoom, Cisco Webex, and Microsoft Teams
  • Comprehensive detection, with both behavioral analysis and signature-based analysis engines

These advanced antimalware capabilities are included with Advanced and Premium licenses, and offered as a three-month trial with Standard and Essential licenses.

Acronis True Image 2021 gives individuals and small businesses access to the same protection technologies relied on by global companies and top teams in the world’s most high-pressure professional sports.

“Cyber protection is a top priority for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” explains Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “When our races were on pause, Acronis continued to provide protection for our team working remotely. Now, with Acronis True Image, everyone can safeguard their personal data against the worst-case scenario.”

Future of Work, Hybrid Working Environment and Cyber Protection

The importance of (personal and business) cybersecurity and cyber protection are getting more significant, crucial and important as the society is advancing towards a more technological, digitally and gadgets connected world today and in the very near future. With the acceleration of Covid-19 pandemic impacts and changes to how we work and live, a new future of work is upon us, a hybrid working environment, working from home, in an office and/or even remote working might/would be the new future workplace in the very near future.

Therefore, having the Acronis True Image 2021, a holistic cyber protection and cybersecurity solution, would be the ideal solution, companion and protection for you, for your new hybrid future of work environment, giving you an ease of mind in a fast moving and evolving technologically connected world today.

Pricing and availability

Four versions of Acronis True Image are available: Standard, Essential, Advanced and Premium. One-computer licenses starting at SG$82 for Standard and SG$68 for Essential. Special launch prices for Advanced and Premium licenses (starting at SG$96 and SG$137, respectively) are available until November 2020, at which time the full MSRP will be in effect (starting at SG$123 and SG$171, respectively).

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