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Acronis Cyber Penthouse with Williams F1 Racing Team!

As the Williams F1 Racing Team gears up for the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, they joined Acronis CEO and Founder Serguei Beloussov in the grand opening of the new Acronis Cyber Penthouse!

In the exclusive invitation-only event, we got up close and personal with Serguei Beloussov, Williams F1 CIO Graeme Hackland… and of course, the Williams F1 drivers – Robert Kubica and George Russell!


The Acronis Cyber Penthouse

Located at the very top of Suntec Tower 3, the Acronis Cyber Penthouse is (aptly for a data protection company) accessible only through two security layers, including a special lift.

This is because the Cyber Penthouse is where Acronis engineers work. In his keynote, Acronis CEO and Founder Serguei Beloussov pointed out that they get the best offices, even better than his own office!

Serguei also shared that Acronis just won a new round of investment worth US$ 147 million, led by Goldman Sachs. The funds would be used to acquire companies and expand the Acronis R&D team, as well as to grow their business in North America.


Graeme Hackland on the Williams F1 + Acronis Partnership

Williams F1 Racing Team CIO Graeme Hackland spoke about the importance of data collection to the team’s performance, and how much data they now collect.

He also revealed that the team was hit by two ransomware attacks in 2014, losing data to one of them. Hence, they turned to Acronis to protect their data.

Acronis now protects all of their mailboxes, more than 200 of their servers, and over 650 team workstations. Deploying Acronis Backup has also cut down their backup window from days to just minutes.


Acronis Launches Cyber Penthouse With Williams F1 + Infocomm

Acronis then formally launched their Cyber Penthouse with CEO and Founder Serguei Beloussov, and Williams F1 CIO Graeme Hackland, as well as Howie Lau, the Chief Industry Development Officer of Infocomm Media Development Authority.


Robert Kubica + George Russell Face Off In The Läderach Chocolate Challenge!

Williams F1 drivers, Robert Kubica and George Russell, who popped over for the launch, sportingly agreed to a friendly contest using Läderach chocolate!

It sure was great to catch these guys in a carefree, fun moment away from the Grand Prix races.

Unfortunately, I never got the chance to get some photos with them. But I scored this neat wheel nut signed by both of them instead!


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Acronis Cyber Platform APIs Are Finally Open After 16 Years!

Great news for developers and software companies! The Acronis Cyber Platform APIs are finally open after 16 years!

Here is a primer on what it means for software developers and users worldwide.


Who Is Acronis?

Acronis was spun-off SWsoft in 2001, with a focus on backup and data protection software and services. They have since launched anti-ransomware solutions, helping to blunt the highly-debilitating threat.

Last year, Acronis claimed to have stopped over 400,000 ransomware attacks, which they estimated to be worth more than $208 million in damages. That’s an average of $522 per attack!


Acronis Cyber Platform APIs Goes Open

Like many software companies, Acronis derives some revenue from providing access to their APIs. Even their partners would require special permission and fees to connect their software to the Acronis Cyber Platform.

After 16 years of doing this, Acronis has finally realised that it would benefit them more to open up their APIs.

By opening up their APIs, Acronis hopes to encourage more software companies to integrate their software with the Acronis Cyber Platform, instead of a competing, rival platform.


Opening Up Will Expand The Acronis Cyber Platform

Acronis claims they are taking a chance on the company’s future by opening up their APIs. But the days of milking proprietary APIs for revenue is fast vanishing, especially when it comes to cybersecurity companies.

Acronis may boast 5 million end users, and nearly 50,000 channel partners, but that may erode as their competitors offer easier and cheaper (if not FREE) ways for ISVs, OEMS and service providers to integrate their software.

The decision to open up the APIs should make the Acronis Cyber Platform more attractive, and expand the platform’s reach.

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FREE Acronis Ransomware Protection For All!

The world is under siege by ransomware attacks. Ransomware don’t just put our personal data at risk, they are a serious threat to critical services and even national security. Therefore, we are elated to learn about the new Acronis Ransomware Protection – a free, standalone app that will protect us against ransomware.


The Ransomware Threat

Ransomware remains a silent destroyer of data for users worldwide. New strains of ransomware can easily bypass traditional anti-virus software to encrypt user data.

According to a ransomware survey conducted by Acronis earlier this month, 57.5% of the respondents still don’t know that ransomware can wipe their files and disable computer. Only 9.2% of the respondents heard about the WannaCry or NotPetya attacks last year, and 37.4% report that they don’t know how to protect their data or choose to do nothing.

These findings demonstrate a need for an easy, universal ransomware protection solution, and 55.5% of the survey respondents said that they would use one if it was free.


Acronis Ransomware Protection

Acronis Ransomware Protection is designed to stop ransomware attacks in real-time, and help users recover their data without paying any ransom. It is compatible with all popular backup and anti-virus programs, and provides an additional level of defense.

In event of a ransomware attack, Acronis Ransomware Protection blocks the malicious process and notifies the user with a popup. If any files were damaged in the attack, it facilitates the instant recovery of those affected files.

Acronis Ransomware Protection also comes with a cloud backup capability, allowing users to protect important files not only from ransomware, but also from hardware failure, natural disasters and other causes of data loss. Every user receives 5 GB of free Acronis Cloud storage.

Easy to install, Acronis Ransomware Protection is essentially a “set it and forget it” protection solution. The lightweight program (only 20 MB in size) requires limited system resources, which means it can run quietly in the background without affecting system performance.


Acronis Active Protection

Acronis Ransomware Protection is based on the Acronis Active Protection technology, that monitors system processes in real time, and uses unique behavioural heuristics to detect a ransomware attack.

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These heuristics are constantly being improved by machine learning models, that are generated by analysing hundreds of thousands of malicious and legitimate processes in the Acronis Cloud AI infrastructure.

According to Acronis, this AI-based training is “tremendously effective” in defeating all ransomware strains, including zero-day attacks that signature-based solutions cannot detect.


Downloading Acronis Ransomware Protection

Acronis Ransomware Protection is currently available only for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Head over to its official page for the FREE download.

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