Long-time data protection player Acronis announced general availability of Acronis Advanced Security + Endpoint Detection & Response for its Cyber Protection Cloud. Technology additions for Acronis EDR include AI-based attack analysis to reduce complexity and simplify workloads.
Acronis made the case that security providers need AI support to compete with the malware makers leveraging ChatGPT and other Large Language Model (LLM) systems to generate and improve phishing emails and redirected URL landing pages. Malicious messages, mostly in Microsoft Word, comprise about 80% of attack vectors. With GPT help, the days of poorly written phishing attempts full of misspellings are behind us. Some tests to identify phishing emails no longer work because of the quality improvements.
“By rapidly understanding attack analysis and impact, Acronis EDR users can quickly evaluate a potential threat, gain insight into how an attacker gained access, what damage was caused, and how the attack might spread,” said Candid Wüest (pictured), vice president of research at Acronis, in a press statement.
In the press briefing, Eric O’Neill, a former FBI agent, revealed this startling security fact: The Dark Web, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, is now the third-largest global economy behind the U.S. and China. Expected size by 2025? More than $12 trillion. Not only are attackers using ChatGPT and other LLMs to improve their fake content, but they’re also able to create more attacks while reducing headcount.
Intel CCG Director of Business Development Todd Cramer outlined how Acronis EDR uses the GPU features included in Intel Core CPUs since the 6th Gen versions. The latest chips offer up to a 2.4x speed boost using the GPU, and that helps Acronis EDR locate fileless attacks that reside in memory.
The main features highlighted by Acronis include:
- Quickly analyze security incidents
- Prioritize those incidents
- Prepare for potential attacks
- In-depth security expertise not needed
- Maintain business continuity
- Minimize downtime
- Single agent
- Simple for MSPs to deploy, manage, and scale
- Eliminate security gaps, complexity, and high costs of multi-point options
Acronis EDR addresses zero day exploits as well as fileless attacks. The Acronis console will track and catalog attacks for later examination and analysis and provides a digital representation of an earlier attack.
Designed for MSPs, Acronis EDR tools integrate with Acronis Cyber Protect backup and recovery, endpoint management, and endpoint security capabilities.