PCS Defends Backup Data Against Ransomware and Other Cyber Security Threats with the Support of Asigra, Data2Vault, and MillerTech
TORONTO – November 19, 2018 – Asigra Inc., a leading cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider since 1986, today announced that the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has deployed Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved V14 powered data protection services by Data2Vault to strengthen its security and compliance position. PCS made the decision to upgrade in order to protect backup data against ransomware attacks and for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Installation of the project was part of a larger initiative to optimize the company’s infrastructure by leveraging technologies and services from Asigra, Data2Vault and MillerTech.
PCS is one of the largest trade unions in the United Kingdom with approximately 300,000 members. The trade union is organised throughout civil service and government agencies, making it the largest civil service trade union in the country. With hundreds of thousands of records under management, regulatory requirements related to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the growing presence of ransomware, PCS made the decision to audit its IT environment, calling on Data2Vault and Asigra to optimise the security and compliance areas of its data protection infrastructure.
Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved (V14) is the first of its kind to integrate data protection and malware defense/anti-ransomware security in order to protect backup data and ensure safe, secure and reliable data recovery on-demand. The cloud service enabling platform offers the only zero-day Attack-Loop™ preventative technology, protecting secondary storage data using bi-directional malware detection, zero-day exploit protection, variable repository naming, and two-factor authentication (2FA). The software also includes GDPR compliance enabling capabilities to address requirements in Articles 6, 17, 25, and 32 of the regulation, including support for the Right of Erasure, allowing the deletion of backup data and providing a certificate of evidence as an Effective Response to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in Europe.
“Information technology must be able to adapt as operating conditions require in order to stay ahead of potential challenges. We have been very pleased with our enhanced data protection environment as it adds layers of protection that situate the organisation well in the event of ransomware attacks or compliance audits. We highly recommend MillerTech, Data2Vault, and Asigra to businesses and non-profits seeking to up their game in IT and data protection,” said Andrew Simpson, Head of IT and Facilities, Public and Commercial Services Union.
“PCS has engaged Data2Vault’s GDPR Accelerator programme which quickly gets organisations on track with the regulation at an affordable rate. To gain momentum in the programme, clients such as PCS apply a quick win methodology, where self-contained, non-disruptive actions can be taken to yield immediate results without compromising the overall compliance objective. Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved V14 has been a critical addition to the programme,” said Mark Saville, Director, Data2Vault.
“Ransomware Attack-Loops and GDPR requirements pose significant financial risks to organisations, who now require data protection technologies designed to address these new concerns. The issues faced by PCS presented the ideal use case for Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved (V14) and we are pleased to see the solution perform as designed. We thank our partners Data2Vault and MillerTech for their roles in delivering this next generation technology to PCS,” said Eran Farajun, Executive Vice President, Asigra.
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Trusted since 1986, Asigra provides organizations around the world the ability to quickly recover their data from anywhere through a global network of IT service providers who deliver Cloud Backup Evolved as either public, private and/or hybrid solutions. As the industry’s most comprehensive data protection platform for servers, virtual machines, endpoint devices, databases and applications, SaaS and IaaS based applications, Asigra lowers the total cost of ownership, reduces recovery time objectives, and eliminates silos of backup data by providing a single consolidated repository with 100% recovery assurance. Asigra’s innovative Recovery License Model provides organizations with a unique and cost-effective data recovery business model unlike any other in the market. The company has been recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor and included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software since 2010. More information on Asigra can be found at www.asigra.com.
Our key people have been involved in the secure data protection market since before 2005, working closely with Asigra throughout this time. Our philosophy is simple, security must be at the core of the data protection services we offer, and no one size service fits all. Our objective is to always deliver the data protection services that your organisation needs, securely and in the way that you need it provided. As those needs evolve, then so must our service delivery models, while always retaining a consistent focus on security and management of risk, wrapped up in a high-quality service. We operate from a number of UK Data Centre’s to provide high availability continuity of our Data Protection services. The Data Centre’s are all ISO9001, ISO27001 and ISO14001 certified, the services we provide are highly resilient and can scale as required to ensure we have no single point of failure at manageable cost.
MillerTech is a market leader in supplying Membership and CRM systems to the Not for Profit (NFP) sector. We have worked closely with NfP Organisations for over 33 years, delivering effective and innovative solutions which ensure that all your contacts are fully informed and engaged. We have implemented solutions for over 200 NFP organisations including trade unions, charities, associations, friendly societies, professional/regulatory bodies, fundraisers and healthcare providers. Our clients range in size from a few hundreds of members up to millions, with users ranging from a few to thousands.
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