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Acronis Global Cyber Summit focuses on the future of modern cyber protection


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Acronis has announced several of the keynote speakers and panellists participating in the annual Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020, taking place as a free virtual event 19-21 October 2020.

Launched last year, the Acronis Global Cyber Summit is the premier event dedicated to connecting the IT channel and IT pros with actionable insights, solutions and strategies for effective cyber protection. Bringing together service providers, value-added-resellers, CIOs and ISVs, the Summit is the world’s largest gathering of thought leaders and industry experts sharing insights and advances in the field of cyber protection.

“These challenging times underscore the need for comprehensive cyber protection, which is why providing a virtual venue where thought leaders can share their expertise is more important than ever,” said Acronis Founder and CEO, Serguei “SB” Beloussov. “Our goal for this year’s Summit is to empower all of our partners and customers – both in terms of their protection needs and business development. The experts joining us will deliver the actionable insights attendees can immediately put into practice to ensure their organisation’s success.”

With recognised IT channel, cybersecurity and integration experts from around the world, participants will take away valuable tools and frameworks, peer learnings and valuable insights for protecting data, systems and applications. Registration for the free virtual Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020 is now open at

Thought leaders on cyber protection

Headlining the list of speakers at the 2020 event will be industry veteran and visionary, René Bonvanie. Drawing on more than 35-years’ experience in the cybersecurity and software industry – including successes at Palo Alto Networks, Business Objects, Veritas and Oracle – he will explore the disruptive opportunities created by the emerging field of cyber protection.

Throughout his career, Bonvanie successfully marketed and sold disruptive technologies. He created the Palo Alto Networks story from scratch, which catapulted it past larger, well-established competitors and made it the largest enterprise security company. With his keynote at the Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020, he will share his experiences with a unique perspective on how disruption is the key to the next generation of cybersecurity.

The Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2020 will also feature a keynote from Sir Julian King. As a former European Commissioner for the Security Union and former British Ambassador to France and Ireland, Sir Julian is passionate about cybersecurity and what it means for today’s world.

“Cybersecurity goes to the heart of our societies,” observed Sir Julian. “From ensuring the integrity of our critical digital infrastructure, the plumbing of our interconnected lives, to tackling illegal and criminal abuse online, to moderating the digital conversation that increasingly plays such a vital role in our modern democracies. Like-minded public authorities and private enterprises need to work together to secure our common digital space.”

Other notable IT, channel and cybersecurity experts speaking at the Summit including:

Larry Walsh – CEO and Chief Analyst, The 2112 Group

Rayanne Buchianico – Owner, ABC Solutions, LLC

Rich Freeman – Executive Editor, ChannelProNetwork

Joel Zaidspiner – Associate Publisher, ChannelPro-SMB Magazine

Jay McBain – Principal Analyst, Forrester

Robyn Westervelt – Research Director, IDC, Security & Trust

Carole Theriault – CEO, Tick Tock Social Limited and Co-host of Smashing Security

These renowned experts will be joined by Acronis executives and technologists who will share the technical advances and business opportunities of cyber protection, including:

SB – Serguei Beloussov, Acronis Executive Officer

Candid Wüest – Vice President, Cyber Protection Research

Stanislav Protassov – Technology President and Co-founder

Nick Grebennikoff – Chief Development Officer

JJ Jager – Senior Vice President, Cyber Platform

A full list of speakers and panellists is available at

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