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Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud platform secures GCC region from growing cyber threats

Acronis, a global leader in integrated data protection and cyber security, is banking on its all-new Cyber Protect Cloud platform to safeguard the GCC region from growing ransomware attacks – which proved to be the number-one threat to large and medium businesses, including government, healthcare and other critical organisations – in H1 2022.

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud unites backup and next-generation, AI-based anti-malware, antivirus, DR, cyber security, and endpoint protection management in one integrated solution, whose integration and automation provide unique ease for service providers – reducing complexity while increasing productivity and decreasing operating costs.

Rated as the world’s best backup and recovery solution, Cyber Protect Cloud features full-image and file-level backup and recovery to safeguard workloads on more than 20 platforms – with near-zero RPOs and RTOs.

The solution is enhanced with essential cyber protection at no cost, while offering an advanced AI-based behavioral detection engine that stops malware, ransomware, and zero-day attacks on client workloads. With protection management built for MSPs, the platform integrates data protection, cyber security, and endpoint management into a single solution with centralised management, while offering seamless integration with RMM and PSA systems.

Manchester City legend Pablo Zabaleta in a guest appearance at the Acronis booth at GITEX Global 2022. Credit: Arnold Pinto

Acronis participated as a key exhibitor at GITEX Global 2022 held at Dubai World Trade Centre from October 10-14, 2022, and where the global technology company, with offices in Switzerland, Singapore and the United States, showcased its proprietary Cyber Protect Cloud as its flagship product of 2022.

Speaking to MENews247 at the Acronis booth at GITEX Global 2022, Muhamed Khaled, Supervisor (MEA) & Senior Solutions Engineer (Middle East), Acronis, pointed out that in addition to ransomware, leaked or stolen credentials were the cause of almost half of reported breaches in H1 2022, as revealed by the Acronis Cyber Protection Operation Centers Report for H1 2022.

Visitors throng the Acronis booth at GITEX Global 2022. Credit: Arnold Pinto

Stolen credentials were also found to be a driving force behind breaches, and with these credentials, attackers were able to easily execute phishing and ransomware campaigns. Social media platforms Twitter and Facebook, as well as DHL and Microsoft, were among the most-phished brands globally for the first half of 2022. MSPs were also under attack, according to the Acronis report.

According to Khaled, “70% of businesses and MSPs” surveyed in the region reported facing ransomware attacks in H1 2022, with Saudi Arabia alone encountering “60%” ransomware strikes for the period under review. The “attacks encompassed all industries and sectors”, noted Khaled, including oil & gas, healthcare, banking, government, etc.

With the region continuing to experience sustained cyber attacks on all fronts, the private and public sectors in the region must continue to ramp up their cyber protection measures, stated Khaled, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic had lulled some sectors into a sense of complacency that cybercriminals are quick to exploit to the fullest.

Visitors throng the Acronis booth at GITEX Global 2022. Credit: Arnold Pinto

With Acronis being the official cyber protection partner of Manchester City, Pablo Zabaleta, the soccer club’s retired star put in a guest appearance at the Acronis booth at GITEX Global 2022 and where he interacted with fans, signing autographs and posing for selfies.

Acronis also hosted demos and workshops at its booth at GITEX Global 2022, encompassing subjects such as the anatomy of a ransomware attack and pro tips for keeping an organisation secure from cyber threats.

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