Southampton FC has renewed its partnership with cyber security and cloud company Acronis and Tailor Made Technologies (TMT).

Under the agreement, TMT will be providing the team with a full suite of Acronis cyber protection solutions to protect the team’s data assets and optimise data workflow, helping the team to perform at its best both on and off the pitch.

Southampton FC plays in the EFL Championship and chose Acronis Cyber Protect because it provides fast and reliable backup, AI-based anti-malware, and is accessible from a single intuitive console.

While using a patchwork of five-star solutions for separate aspects of cybersecurity will still leave gaps in a system’s defences, Acronis’ integrated approach ensures such gaps are eliminated, delivering superior resiliency for organisations like Southampton FC.

Southampton’s director of IT, Huw Fielding, said: “Southampton FC takes cyber protection very seriously. Global organisations like ours often come under fire from cyber attacks targeting our sensitive data, including information on thousands of fans.

“Protecting the data we have been entrusted with is a significant priority for us, and we have the utmost confidence that Acronis’ solution, delivered by Tailor Made Technologies will help us do so.”

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Acronis’ solutions are developed based on the five vectors of cyber protection – safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS).

This allows Acronis to provide the highest level of security possible and ensure that data is easily accessible to those with authorised permission and that it is both authentic and tamper-free.

Building on its existing partnerships with both Acronis and Southampton FC, the solution will be delivered by TMT as the official Acronis delivery partner.

As experts in managed IT, cyber security, and communication solutions, TMT brings a wealth of experience from over 29 years of providing managed technologies that power SMEs to achieve their business goals.

Darren Scott-Healey, CEO at TMT said: “As CEO of TMT and a lifelong Saints fan, I am thrilled to announce our partnership with Southampton FC as their Acronis CyberFit Partner.

“We are excited to work alongside the club to meet their cyber security needs with the most innovative managed solutions.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for us to leverage our industry-leading expertise, local focus, and technical support to help Southampton FC defend its operations, enhance its performance and push for promotion.”

Ronan McCurtin, vice president of sales Europe, Turkey and Israel at Acronis, said: “We are proud to be renewing our partnership with Southampton FC, one of the best known and liked clubs in English football.

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“We are thankful that the team shares our vision and passion for cyber protection, and we are excited to work with TMT who will deliver our first-class cyber protection solutions to protect the workloads of the club.”

Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries.