Instilling Core Values
As we usher in a new decade – along with all the excitement and growth that will undoubtedly come with it – there’s no better time for reflection. And 2019 has been quite the year for Acronis SCS.
When 2019 began, we had just a handful of employees, myself included. Today we have more than thirty, with plans to bring on even more personnel across a range of roles, from business development and sales to product support. We’re proud of our approach to hiring – it’s not just about jobs, it’s about careers.
We’re also incredibly proud that nearly a third of our staff is made up of US veterans. And in recognition of the immense value those within the military community bring to the cybersecurity field (a field in desperate need of quality talent), we launched a new initiative this year, Acronis SCSVets. This initiative aims to provide veterans and military spouses with the stacked certifications they need to pursue a fulfilling career in cyber or tech.
To launch that effort, we held our first annual Acronis SCSVets holiday party and fundraiser earlier this month. Thank you to all who came out to support this worthwhile cause. With 100 percent of donated funds going toward participants’ certification training and testing, that generosity makes a tangible difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much to keep our nation safe.
Beyond instilling a company culture worth being proud of, Acronis SCS also took great strides in 2019 on the product development and support fronts.
Most notably, we launched a new hardened full disk image backup and disaster recovery software purpose built to serve the US federal, state, and local government’s most sensitive air gapped environments, including Department of Defense weapons testing sites, development labs and centers, training simulators, deployed tactical elements and warfighters, public utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and more.
With zero integration or outbound connections to online services required, certified high-grade encryption, built-in anti-ransomware protection, and testing via the FIPS 140-2, Common Criteria, and DoDIN Approved Products List certification processes, Acronis SCS Cyber Backup 12.5 Hardened Edition radically reduces an air gapped network’s attack surface while enhancing usability for resource-constrained government IT teams.
And as with all our products, we’ve ensured that customers who purchase this game-changing solution will enjoy 100 percent US-based support (with a 94 percent customer support satisfaction rating to boot) and easy access to helpful how-to videos and product resources.
In our company’s inaugural blog post this past July, I explained why Acronis SCS chose to call Arizona home. Those reasons – chiefly the state’s well-established defense footprint and growth as a thriving tech hub, as well as its exceptional talent and unbeatable standard of living – are just as relevant as we head into the new year.
Arizona’s tech-friendly reputation continues to grow, and its defense infrastructure remains strong. Its colleges, universities, and research institutions are as impressive as ever, while the standard of living has proven hard to match. And, as evidenced by the turnout of elected officials and community leaders at our company’s official ribbon cutting ceremony in October, it’s hard to imagine a state more supportive of tech innovation and small business growth.
In short, we’re as pleased as ever to call Arizona home.
Shifting Perspectives at the National Level
As we build strong connections in our home state, we have also stayed closely attuned to some major shifts happening at the national level in 2019 – shifts that will undoubtedly impact Acronis SCS and other public sector serving-tech companies like ours moving forward.
Take the Department of Defense, for example. Its efforts to shore up its supply chain via the Cybersecurity Maturation Model Certification (CMMC) stand to radically change the defense acquisition process by prioritizing cybersecurity at the outset of every contract – a critical and overdue endeavor.
We’ve also noticed a necessary, albeit slow moving, shift toward a better understanding of the role thoughtful software acquisition – and secure software development lifecycles – can and should play in national security. It’s no longer all about the hardware. Luckily, federal policies, strategies, frameworks, and testing requirements are catching up to that reality.
As government perspectives and approaches continue to develop on these and many other fronts, Acronis SCS stands ready to remain a helpful partner.
Keeping an Eye on the Future
All in all, 2019 has been a banner year for Acronis SCS. I’m proud that every single one of our employees is as committed to serving the US public sector’s cyber protection needs as I am. Now it’s time to make 2020 even better.
On that note, keep an eye out in January for our next blog, which will outline our 2020 cyber predictions – and subscribe below to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest posts.