Code42 Announces Expansion Plans for the Education Market

In every sector, changes in the data security landscape have forced IT teams to rethink their approach to protecting valuable and sensitive data. But few sectors face as many unique challenges as higher education. With highly distributed users bases and IT infrastructure that can vary by department, the decentralized landscape of higher ed can often lead to blind spots and security gaps. The sheer value of a university’s intellectual property (IP)—proprietary research and ideas—significantly increases the cost and expands the impact of data loss. In the face of these challenges, Code42 offers these institutions a proven solution to endpoint data protection and recovery.

Today, Code42 announced plans to expand its presence in the education market. We are deepening our commitment to higher ed and other academic markets by building out a dedicated vertical business unit that will include marketing and sales functions. Currently, Code42 serves more than 700 higher education institutions and K-12 schools across North America, as well as seven out of the eight Ivy League universities.

Faced with a growing number of cyberattacks, education institutions today have an acute need when it comes to protecting volumes of sensitive faculty, staff and research data. We are committed to helping these organizations successfully recover proprietary information after data incidents, such as ransomware attacks, hardware failures, and laptop loss and theft.

Code42’s data security and recovery solution is designed to help schools take a proactive approach to data protection. The solution automatically and continuously backs up data on laptops and desktops so staff and IT administrators can respond to and recover from cyber threats more quickly. Education institutions can use Code42’s data security solution to:

  • Recover data residing on endpoints within minutes of a ransomware or malware attack, or when a file is deleted or a computer is stolen or crashes;
  • Gather documents and records housed on multitudes of institutional endpoints in order to expedite responses to Freedom of Information Act requests;
  • Ensure that research data, which is generated as part of an educational grant and stored on desktops or laptops, complies with stringent security requirements and government regulations; and
  • Keep staff and faculty productive during hardware migrations and system upgrades by easily transferring profile settings and giving them full use of their new devices as data restores.

“We selected Code42’s solution because we love how easy it is to use,” said Jason Conklin, IT service desk coordinator at the University of Georgia. “Because of its secure, continuous back up to the cloud, my staff can go about their jobs knowing all of their information is protected. This approach to data security provides us a necessary and important safety net, which is required in our environment.”

On the Fence About CrashPlan for Small Business?

In light of our news this week regarding the end date for CrashPlan for Home, we know some people are nervous about moving to CrashPlan for Small Business. We understand–there are concerns that we might not be committed to that market. But if you’re on the fence about CrashPlan for Small Business, here are a couple of things we want you to know.

First, we’ve been splitting our engineering time between consumer and business customers, so neither has been getting our full attention. That’s simply what happens when businesses have multiple divisions and they all grow at the same time. Moving forward, CrashPlan for Small Businesses will have the benefit of our entire product team – all aligned to focus on small business owners and the consultants who help small businesses with cloud backup.

Second, if you were a fan of Home, then you’ll be a fan of CrashPlan for Small Business. Almost all of the features are there (except peer-to-peer, sorry!), plus it’s a better experience that lets you back up like you’ve been backing up for years. Yes, the standard pricing is more expensive than Home (and only after your exclusive discounts expire, which is more than a year from now) – but it includes unlimited file storage and compares favorably against other platforms from a feature/price point set. Plus, CrashPlan for Small Business has a dedicated support team with newly expanded hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday).

Finally, we’ve made switching from CrashPlan for Home to CrashPlan for Small Business easier than ever before. The migration tool helps you migrate your archives in a matter of minutes. There are no contracts to lock you in, you can cancel at any time and we will bill you once a month for only the devices you use.

We’ve had a really positive response from the customers who’ve already successfully migrated. We’d love to have the opportunity for you to experience that as well. As always, hit up Support with questions.

Learn more about CrashPlan for Small Business and see what our customers have said about us.

How the Rise of Cybercrime Is Prompting Small Businesses to Fight Back with Automated Cloud Backup

Smaller businesses and organizations like your financial planner, advertising agency, or attorney may seem small in comparison to their large enterprise peers but are actually a big draw for online hackers. This is because they often don’t have the capabilities, like an in-house IT team, to prevent and quickly recover from an attack.

And the risks are significant. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reports six out of 10 small businesses hit by an attack like ransomware will go out of business within six months.

Because of this striking statistic, small businesses are increasingly turning to the kind of automated cloud backup we’re able to deliver with CrashPlan for Small Business.

In fact, CrashPlan for Small Business has seen a 57 percent year-over-year increase in new customers – growth spurred in part by a rash of malicious viruses and attacks hitting small businesses. For example, following the news of WannaCry, the daily average volume of customers who signed up for a free trial of CrashPlan for Small Business rose 98 percent – a record volume for new signups in a single day.

The risk of attack and impact on the business is simply too high a cost for small businesses – freelancers, home-based entrepreneurs and other growing organizations. That’s one of the reasons why we deliver the safety and security of knowing that your data is protected and can be quickly restored, but also why we deliver a product that is affordable, unlimited and flexible.

Small businesses are responding positively to the technology and support investments we’re making. We created a dedicated team, and recently expanded our weekday customer support for small business customers (now 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. CT). We’re also finalizing plans to roll out an improved user interface for CrashPlan for Small Business. As we continue to grow, we’ll invest even more.

At the beginning and end of every day, it is important to us that small businesses know that Code42 will be there in the key moments when they need help. That’s what’s important to us – putting customers first so they are protected and can be successful.

Learn more about CrashPlan for Small Business or start a free month-long trial and see what our customers have said about us.