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The Public and Commercial Services Union Deploys Asigra to Meet Cyber Security and Compliance Challenges

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.
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 5:21 PM by David Marshall
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