The major League Baseball’s reigning World Series champions selected Acronis as its cyber protection partner. Under the multi-year agreement, Acronis will provide cyber protection solutions designed to improve data resiliency, while creating a more efficient, secure workflow that benefits the team both on and off the field.
As the Red Sox defend their championship, the team will gain access to Acronis’ cyber protection services. These include hybrid cloud architecture, DR, file sync and share, blockchain notarization and e-signature services, multi-machine deployment provisioning, enterprise managed file transfer, and anti-malware protection.
Red Sox VP of IT, Brian Shield said: “We’re thrilled to have Acronis as our Official Cyber Protection Partner. Acronis’ services offer an innovative blend of data protection and cybersecurity that will ensure all of our data, regardless of volume, is safe and secure so it’s available precisely when and where we need it. We look forward to a long and highly successful partnership with Acronis that will benefit our organization on and off the field.“
To ensure the efficiencies needed for top performance, both behind the scenes and on the diamond, all these services will be available through a single management console. Using technologies like AI and ML, Acronis balances the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection – safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) – to ensure a defense for all data, applications, and systems.
This approach delivers services that are easy to use and secure – as well as reliable and cost-effective – which is why teams like the Red Sox rely on Acronis’ technology. To expand the reach of SAPAS-based cyber protection, Acronis opened third-party developer access to the Acronis Cyber Platform, which will enable the development of apps that will extend the suitability of its solutions for sports teams and other organizations even further.
Cyber protection on the field
Red Sox’s team relies on tens of thousands of scouting reports, more than 500TB of performance data, coaching videos of every Red Sox player, and thousands of videos clips of MLB prospects. Creating, protecting, and sharing this information generates amounts of data and demands security. Through Acronis’ enterprise cyber protection services, this proprietary data is available when and where the team needs it while staying private and secure both in storage and in transit.
Cyber protection off the field
Additionally, cyber protection services will enable the Red Sox’s IT experts to manage their data volumes and sophisticated digital environment more easily. They will also extend to over a hundred events hosted at Fenway Park annually, including concerts, conferences, and charitable events. Through these partnership, the Red Sox will be able to provide data protection for critical digital assets across a large number of individual compute points for each year of the agreement.
Defending sports legends around the world
For more than 15 years, Acronis has provided protection to organizations of all sizes including forward-thinking teams in data-driven professional sport and motorsport arenas. These partnerships include Formula One, Formula E, English Premier League football, NASCAR, and Major League Baseball. These partnering teams know that Acronis cyber protection can improve their competitive performance and financial returns.
“Everyone at Acronis – particularly those at our Burlington, MA office – is thrilled that the Red Sox decided to team up with Acronis,” said Acronis VP and GM of the Americas Pat Hurley. “As a Boston native and life-long Red Sox fan, the opportunity to contribute to the success of one of baseball’s most storied franchises is very exciting. Acronis shares the Red Sox’s commitment to excellence and with the world’s most secure cyber protection solutions defending their digital environment, they’ll be empowered to achieve even more.“
This partnership announcement is well-timed, given the recent rise in malware attacks on high profile targets, including professional sports teams. Acronis’ anti-malware defense, Acronis Active Protection, has already become a key line of defense for organizations. In 2018 alone, it blocked more than 400,000 attacks, saving an estimated $208 million in downtime and recovery costs.
Access to such AI-based technology is also why the Red Sox is exploring a number of joint projects that will push the limits of data analytics for the benefit of the entire game.
“Inside baseball” of cyber protection
A partnership between the World Series champions and the secure cyber protection service underscores how vital it is for data-reliant organizations to understand and implement a cyber protection solution.
For IT and cybersecurity professionals investigating this field, Acronis’ Global Cyber Summit is the opportunity to learn how cyber protection supports the safe growth of modern business. It will takes place in Miami, FL from October 13-16, will feature an appearance from a Boston Red Sox industry and cybersecurity speakers, including Robert Herjavec and Eric O’Neill.