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Acronis Bolsters Defense Against Fileless Attacks Using Intel Threat Detection Technology

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Acronis has delivered an enhancement of its security defense against advanced fileless attacks using Intel Threat Detection Technology (Intel TDT), the company announced in a prepared statement.

With cyber threats evolving and growing on a daily basis, Acronis researchers report that they have witnessed new types of malware and attack vectors on enterprises, such as polymorphic malware and fileless attacks. A polymorphic virus, sometimes referred to as a metamorphic virus, is a type of malware that is programmed to repeatedly mutate its appearance or signature files through new decryption routines.

Inside Acronis’ Solution

Acronis explains that many threats use an in-memory-only approach, which can be hard to detect. Intel TDT technology allows Acronis cyber protection solutions to free resources while scanning hard disk drive and memory, resulting in improved system performance.

Acronis researchers found that while scanning all the processes in system memory on supported CPUs, Intel TDT reduced the load on the CPU 2.4 times by offloading the job to the Intel integrated GPU.

Acronis’ solution combines complete, single-agent cyber protection with Intel TDT. Accordingly, this enhancement results in lower CPU utilization and allows for more computing capacity for productivity and office software used by Acronis end customers.

The innovation of Intel TDT will be available through Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, Acronis Cyber Protect, and Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office solutions.

Commenting on the security enhancements, Acronis CEO Patrick Pulvermueller said:

“The integration of Intel TDT into Acronis cyber protection solutions is a logical step to meet the needs of our users. During the last year, we observed that almost 50% of attacks detected were fileless. The use of this Intel technology is a great milestone as we continue to optimize and enhance our anti-malware engine.”

Carla Rodríguez, vice president and general manager, Ecosystem Partner Enabling, at Intel, added:

“Through our collaboration with Acronis to integrate Intel Threat Detection Technology into their cyber protection solutions, customers of all sizes that utilize Intel vPro can perform frequent and highly performant memory scanning. This is a great benefit for our mutual customers as we help them stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated threats.”

Acronis Integrates with RackNap

RackNap recently announced an integration with Acronis to help MSSPs deliver data backup and recovery (BDR), file sync and share and anti-malware and anti-ransomware protection. With the integration, RackNap’s MSSP partners can offer Acronis‘ cyber protection solutions through the RackNap platform.

The RackNap integration comes after Acronis in March 2023 opened a new Cyber Cloud data center in Toronto, Canada. This data center further expands Acronis’ global network of more than 50 data centers. It provides MSSPs, MSPs and other Acronis partners with access to its cyber protection solutions so they can offer new services and secure their customers’ data, the company said.

Previously, Acronis in November 2022 released Acronis Advanced Security + EDR for Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, an endpoint detection and response (EDR) platform for MSPs. The platform lets MSPs investigate, remediate, recover and close security gaps across the Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud solution. It also offers machine learning-based event correlation and interpretation with attack chain visibility.

Acronis supports more than 16,000 service providers globally and provides them with 50-plus technology integrations. It also offers the #CyberFit Partner Program, which allows MSSPs, MSPs and other technology providers to use its solutions to develop and launch new cyber protection services.

Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.