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#cybersecurity | Cybersecurity firm Acronis investing major growth in Arizona

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Internet security firm F-Secure recently published a report covering the current landscape of cybersecurity attacks and data hygiene in the United States. The report, “Attack Landscape H1 2019,” revealed nearly three billion separate attacks had hit individual Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the first half of the year alone, a surge of 300 percent.

To combat the growing issue around cybersecurity in everything from IoT to social media to U.S. elections, security firms are trying to stay ahead of the curve with efforts to strengthen their research and development departments, coming up with solutions to help keep threats away. 

One of those companies is global cyber protection agency Acronis International, which has raised $147 million to make acquisitions, grow business more aggressively, and expand on its engineering. The data recovery company nabbed investment funding from Goldman Sachs at a valuation of more than $1 billion.

The company, which has a reach across the globe including split headquarters in Switzerland and Singapore, is using those investment funds here in Arizona, where it has a presence in Scottsdale. The company will soon see a new building open in Tempe’s thriving Tempe Town Lake business district, where it will be pumping $50 million into research and development projects around more sophisticated cybersecurity technology.

According to Gaidar Magdanurov, Chief Cyber Strategy Officer, Acronis’ R&D team in Arizona is working on several strategic projects including:

  • Acronis Cyber Platform that enables third-party developers to customize, extend and integrate cyber protection into their solutions
  • Acronis Cyber Infrastructure that provides the most cost-efficient and secure environment for running cyber protection solutions and data storage.
  • Acronis Cyber Cloud that enables service providers and enterprise IT to deliver cyber protection services to end customers.

In July, Acronis announced it was investing in the new Tempe digs while doubling the investment of its Scottsdale office to $20 million to hire more staff to build out artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and blockchain projects.

It’s been a big year for Acronis, which reported 20-percent business growth last year and is looking to hit 30 percent by 2020.

“The revenue plan depends on the implementation of new capabilities in products, including capabilities for partners to integrate Acronis Cyber Platform, and the team in Arizona is at the core of those developments,” explains Magdanurov.

The global cybersecurity company is hiring engineers in Arizona as well as investing into joint programs with Acronis SCS – an independent software vendor and distributor for the public sector in the U.S. that is based in Scottsdale. Acronis SCS is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new initiative to decrease veteran unemployment and strengthen the cyber workforce. This initiative is in partnership with New Horizons of Phoenix and the Arizona Coalition for Military Families.

Acronis also expects to bring on new teams and technology to help build out the development of its products, including cyber protection solutions for things like data safety, privacy, authenticity, and accessibility. Additionally, Acronis will use some of the funds to develop more data centers and focus on acquiring other companies to speed up development of its product portfolio.

Currently, Acronis has more than five million consumer customers around the world as well as 500,000 separate business customers.

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Arizona State University student threatens to send suitors’ ‘unsolicited’ pictures to their mothers

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Auditors were able to hack Arizona DES during routine cybersecurity review

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Auditors were able to hack Arizona DES during routine cybersecurity review

State auditors were able to access confidential information when testing cybersecurity at the Arizona Department of Economic Security, revealing vulnerabilities that could have put residents’ personal information at risk. More …

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Arizona dad teaches 9-year-old son important lesson about bullying

It’s a moment every parent dreads: the day their child comes home from school in tears, explaining that a student at school bullied them.

That’s exactly what happened to 9-year-old Bodi Irvine from Gilbert, Arizona, last week.

When the young boy’s father, Isaac, heard what happened, he was furious — but he also used it as an opportunity to teach his son, and other children like him, an important lesson. Now his message is going viral.

“You got bullied today, huh?” Isaac asked his son in a Facebook video, which has been viewed nearly 60,000 times. “What happened? You want to talk about it?

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Trial set for Arizona man charged with hacking websites

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Trial set for Arizona man charged with hacking websites

A May 2 trial has been set for an Apache Junction man charged with hacking into government websites in Arizona and Wisconsin. Randall Charles Tucker has pleaded not guilty to charges of intentional damage to protected computers and threatening damage …

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Feds charge Arizona man with using password scheme to hack 1,050 college students

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Feds charge Arizona man with using password scheme to hack 1,050 college students

An Arizona man used his work computer to hack into the personal internet accounts of more than 1,000 students at various colleges across the country, federal prosecutors said this week.
Jonathan Powell, 29, was arrested Wednesday in Phoenix and charged

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Charter schools in northern Arizona lack diversity – Education Week

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Arizona joins suit over Obama transgender directive – Education Week

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Documents: Arizona couple arrested, accused of having sex with 15-year-old girl

PHOENIX – A Phoenix couple is behind bars for allegedly having sex and doing drugs with a 15-year-old girl numerous times over four months.

Alonso Caufield, 25, and his girlfriend, Chelsea Coratolo, 23, were arrested Monday at their home near 19th Avenue and Cactus Road.

According to a police report, Coratolo asked the 15-year-old girl to “pleasure” her boyfriend because she was having her menstrual cycle and couldn’t. This arrangement lasted from October 2014 to February 2015.

Authorities said the victim told a counselor about the incident, who then notified police.

The victim told police the suspects gave her methamphetamine and marijuana and they would all take the drugs together.

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Arizona legislator wants lottery money to fund child sex investigations

PHOENIX — Thousands of Arizonans are trading in child pornography online and almost none of them are being investigated, said a state lawmaker who wants to spend leftover lottery money to help find and prosecute them.

“Children are being raped, tortured, abused — beastiality, the worst possible things that you can imagine, are occurring right here in Arizona, and we only have four full-time investigators in the entire state to proactively go after these guys,” Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix, said.

Boyer authored HB 2517, which would direct $5 million of leftover state lottery funds each year to the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

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