AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd, the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific distributor of the AVG Anti-Virus and Internet Security products, have announced the general availability of AVG’s latest small business security products, AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 and AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0.
The new offerings leverage the 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. 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 AVG 9.0 small business security 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 Lloyd Borrett, Marketing Manager at AVG (AU/NZ). “This generation of products highlights AVG’s core strength of low impact, high performance security. AVG 9.0 SMB products add substantially to the portfolio of measures available to small businesses and their employees in working safe from cyber threats.”
This release also comes with substantial price reductions. AVG has simplified its business software line-up, plus reduced prices. “The strengthening Australian dollar has also enabled us to reduce local pricing,” said Borrett. “The combination means massive savings for our business customers.”
To minimise 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. In addition, to counteract the increasing threats in today’s online world, AVG’s small business solutions combine both reactive and proactive technologies to deliver optimised protection in real-time. AVG 9.0 adds behavioural, in-the-cloud and white listing technologies to manage the threats posed by the tens of thousands of new threats that appear daily.
Revolutionary in the AVG Internet Security offerings 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 enhanced Firewall’s 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.
AVG 9.0 for small business also includes key enhancements to minimise the management resources required. The new offerings incorporate cloning technology into the deployment process, simplifying and shortening installation time, and new system tools to enable administrators to customise the way AVG works to protect the network.
The new Update Manager automatically 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.
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 behavioural technology learns the DNA of a business’ network so that it can recognise anomalies and block malicious processes, which dramatically improves protection against keyloggers and other crimeware. The new functionality in 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, Identity Protection (IDP) is manageable from the administrator’s console or can be completely silent.
AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 and AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0 are available now and through a network of over 2,500 independent software resellers throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Multi-packs are offered in five-seat increments with one and two year licence periods. Pricing for a one-year, five-seat license for AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 starts at A$317.20 and a one-year, five-seat license for AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0 starts at A$204.99.