Arcserve partners with Sophos for all-in-one data security


Data protection provider Arcserve has entered a new global alliance with network and endpoint security firm Sophos, designed to provide businesses with all-in-one data security and protection from cyber-attacks.

The joint offering becomes the industry's first solution that integrates anti-ransomware and other threat-protection technologies such as deep-learning AI for both known and unknown malware, as well as award-winning disaster recovery and high availability capabilities, Arcserve said.

Available from October, the multi-layered approach will be delivered via Arcserve's Appliance Series, which combines flash-accelerated deduplicated storage, robust server processing and high-speed networking with highly-redundant hardware and cloud services.

Powered by Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP), the platform will integrate Sophos' Intercept X Advanced for Server, the firm's endpoint protection offering with artificial intelligence, to deliver a "comprehensive protect-in-depth" security approach.

"Increasingly cybercriminals are targeting backup systems as a way to increase the odds that compromised businesses will make a ransom payment," said Francois Depayras, vice president of OEM sales and alliances at Sophos. "Having dedicated protection from both malware and the latest exploits ensures the backup data will stand strong against the most advanced threats.

"Sophos Intercept X for Server provides anti-ransomware, anti-exploit and deep learning technology to provide the highest level of protection. This makes the Arcserve Appliance the most secure solution available in the market."

According to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures, the global cost of ransomware is tipped to reach $11.5 billion in 2019 before hitting $20 billion in 2020 – with attacks on businesses expected to occur every 14 seconds by the end of this year.

Arcserve said its alliance with Sophos will enable organisations to better protect their infrastructure against such threats, thanks to its unification of cybersecurity and data protection capabilities.

"Too many organisations are being forced to have the 'how do we pay ransom' conversation," said Arcserve CTO Oussama El-Hilali. "As threats become more difficult to combat, this alliance is transformative in the industry, taking our cyber protection to the next level and providing partners with the opportunity to educate customers on the unique benefits of an integrated, two-pronged defence against cybercrime."

Daniel Todd

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