AVG announces new business security products

The latest version of AVG anti-virus and security software for business users is now available

October 27, 2009

The latest version of AVG anti-virus and security software for business users is now available

AVG Technologies has announced the general availability of its latest small business security products, AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 and AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0.

With this announcement, AVG continues to improve its support for small businesses, many of which have limited or non-existent in-house IT capabilities.

The new offerings leverage the significant enhancements in speed and levels of protection that AVG has delivered in its latest generation of consumer products, making it safer and easier to manage.

“AVG’s 9.0 small business solutions provide businesses with more powerful and streamlined protection that deliver improved administration, more robust protection, and faster performance – all without getting in the way of business,” said J.R. Smith, CEO, AVG Technologies.

“This generation of products is taking AVG back to its core strength of low impact, high performance security, and adds substantially to the portfolio of measures available to small businesses, and their employees, in working safe from cyber threats,” Smith continued.

Minimising security impact

To minimize the impact of protection on productivity, AVG’s small business solutions now offer scan times that are up to 50 percent faster than earlier versions, depending on system configuration.

The combined anti-virus/anti-spyware scanner employs new intelligent technology which marks files as safe or potentially unsafe during its initial scan, and ignores them in future scans unless the file structure changes.

Building on a solid foundation of signature-based protection to deal with known threats, AVG 9.0 adds cutting-edge behavioural, in-the-cloud, and white listing technologies to manage the tens of thousands of new threats that appear daily.

Internet Security

New in the AVG Internet Security offering is the integration between the Resident Shield, firewall, and data protection modules. This enables modules to share malware information, increasing AVG’s ability to detect and remove most malicious types of malware, rootkits, and other threats for which signatures have not yet been issued.

The redesigned firewall application assists in keeping business information safe from known and unknown threats and is significantly quieter and less intrusive; the new trusted database of applications and application certificates enables AVG to determine, without user intervention, the relative safety of any active process and block any deemed unsafe.

Additionally, because the new firewall cooperates behind the scenes with AVG’s unique behavioural detection technology, it delivers significantly enhanced accuracy of threat detection.

Reduce distractions

AVG 9.0 for small businesses also includes key enhancements to minimize the management resources required. The new offerings incorporate cloning technology into the deployment process, simplifying and shortening installation time.

New system tools enable administrators to customize the way AVG works to protect the network. The new update manager makes sure the business is always protected against the latest threats and the new Linux-based rescue CD restores the network in the event an existing infection renders systems unbootable.

Finally, AVG has made it significantly easier to detect and remove any third-party security product that could cause conflicts and interfere with the user’s level of protection, and AVG offers expert support whenever our small business customers need.

Specific to AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 is the addition of data protection functionality gained through AVG’s acquisition of Sana Security earlier this year. The behavioral technology learns the DNA of a business’ network so that it can recognize anomalies and block malicious processes, which dramatically improves protection against keyloggers and other crimeware.

The new functionality in Identity Protection (IDP) will catch malicious software trying to hijack a system before it is able to cause any damage.  To improve ease of use and administrator experience, IDP is manageable from the administrator’s console or can be completely silent.

In addition, the new client email scanner in AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0 cleans the email system of harmful message attachments and dangerous links, and the new enhanced anti-spam filter prevents phishers, scammers, and spammers from clogging workstations and mail servers.

Web shielding technology also minimizes the risk of virus and other rogue software infections when downloading and exchanging files.

Availability and pricing

AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 and AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0 are available at resellers worldwide and online (http://www.avg.com/gb-en/business-security). Multi-packs are offered in five-seat increments.

Pricing for a one-year, five-seat license for AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 starts at R1938.99 and a one-year, five-seat license for AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0 starts at R1250.99.