The UAE prioritises cyber protection
Acronis, the global leader in cyber protection, recently hosted its milestone Dubai CyberFit Summit 2021, the third stop in the Acronis World Tour which is an ongoing industry event series dedicated to bringing cyber protection to the world.
Acronis also simultaneously released the Acronis Cyberthreats Report 2022, an in-depth review of the cyber threat trends which warns that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are at particular risk based on the attack trends seen during the last six months of the year.
The two-day event engaged world-class cybersecurity and industry experts and provided an in-depth look at how companies can enhance their IT infrastructure capabilities with a particular focus on MSPs, the backbone of channel business, coming under increased attention from cybercriminals, a press communiqué stated.
The hybrid event hosted over 400 in-person attendees from across the globe and hundreds more participants joined the summit virtually as well.
“The Acronis #CyberFit Summit World Tour 2021 is where our partners come together to learn, grow their business and network,” affirmed Patrick Pulvermueller, CEO, Acronis.
“Dubai was a fantastic stop for our tour and it was great to see our very active local partners in person. The region has so much to offer and I look forward to being back soon in 2022,” he continued.
At the event, attendees heard from world-renowned speakers and experts for various keynotes and sessions including Chris Voss, former FBI hostage negotiator and the CEO and Founder of The Black Swan Group; representatives from Abu Dhabi Police;Lt. Col. Dr.Hamad Khalifa Al Nueimi, Head of Telecom Division at the Infrastructure Dept (ICT Centre), Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, and Dr. Humaid Alshamsi, Artificial Intelligence Expert, shared their expertise on how to protect smart cities and how the UAE has done such an inspiring job at leveraging technologies in the government services.
“I believe that technology is an inherent part of our daily life and is used in almost everything we do: work, family environment, education, government or health services. For Law Enforcement agents, it is necessary to always be prepared and well educated about the latest solutions that can be used in our society, especially since Abu Dhabi and Dubai have both been recognized as the safest cities in the world.” observed Lt. Col. Al Nueimi.
“The Acronis #CyberFit Summit 2021 is a great opportunity to show and learn more about technology as well as networking while sharing experience and knowledge,” he added.
Some interesting regional number highlights from Acronis’ EMEA CPOC (Cyber Protection Operation Centre) were as follows—UAEranked 33 globally for ransomware detections, a 63% increase from rank 58 in Oct 2021; South Africa ranked 30 globally for ransomware detections, with a 64% increase from Oct 2021 and ransomware detections in GCC increased by 75% in November compared to October 2021.
Key trends and predictions 2022
Acronis continues to raise awareness about the impact of cyber threats on MSPs and small businesses. the Acronis Cyberthreats Report 2022 also noted that phishing attacks are rampant; data exfiltration continues to increase and remote workers continue to be a prime target.
Acronis also pre-announced the opening of two data centres in Africa: Nigeria and South Africa in Q2-2022. Also finalisations are in process and the ongoing plan of 110 data centres worldwide in two years is well on track.
Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world, the press statement added.
Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,700 employees in 34 locations in 19 countries. Its solutions are used by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 companies, and top-tier professional sports teams. Acronis products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 40 languages.