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Higher Ed & K-12 Cyber Protection & Provisioning Needs

K-12 school districts and higher education institutions face two primary cyber challenges: those resulting from IT inefficiencies and those posed by data security threats. First up, inefficiencies. America’s public education institutions must often make due with limited IT staffs and budgets, leading to vulnerability and lost productivity. Nowhere is this more visible than in schools’ outdated system provisioning methods, which require individual machine imaging at painstakingly slow speeds for computer labs, classes, or library trainings.

The second and equally critical challenge for the US education sector is the threat posed by bad actors intent on wreaking havoc, extorting money, or stealing sensitive data. In July 2019 alone, cyberattacks affected public school systems in New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, Connecticut, and New York. As the rate of cyberattacks on the education sector climb, ransomware attacks in particular are of urgent concern. Of all the confirmed ransomware attacks against state and local targets between 2013 and April 2019, 14 percent targeted local school systems or colleges. With the threat of costly downtime and the unintentional release of sensitive data that often accompany these attacks, today’s ransomware epidemic should cause any public school superintendent or college dean to sit up, take notice, and make real changes to their organizations’ cyber protection practices.

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How Acronis SCS Provides the Answers

Acronis SCS’ trusted cyber protection and imaging solutions help the education sector tackle these challenges with ease – and at an affordable price tag. Acronis SCS Cyber Protect, our all-in-one software solution for AI-powered integration of data protection and cybersecurity. With full-stack antimalware protection and comprehensive endpoint management, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect combats advanced cyberattacks with a unique integration of protection technologies while simplifying daily IT operations, endpoint deployments and management, and reporting. With Acronis SCS Snap Deploy, IT personnel for education institutions of any size will save countless hours with rapid bare metal deployments and easy-to-schedule zero physical touch redeployments to a large number of devices or servers – even those with dissimilar hardware – in one go. 

In addition, Acronis SCS’ Cyber Backup 12.5, data sharing, and cloud storage solutions empower education institutions of all sizes to better protect themselves against cyber threats, including ransomware. Our backup software has built-in, AI-based anti-ransomware protection, and our data sharing tools ensure secure collaboration across all endpoints. Your learning institution should be able to focus on just that – educating the next generation of Americans. Our products ease IT and cyber protection headaches so you can do just that. 

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