Avast launches business security line


Avast launches business security line

Warwick Ashford

Czech security software supplier Avast Software has unveiled a product line aimed at the business market.

The company is hoping to build on the success it had in the consumer market, driven by its free anti-virus product, which is backed by a community of around 131 million users who channel malware intelligence back to the company.

Avast! Business Protection, based on Avast's latest anti-virus engine released in February, is the result of a revamp of the company's business product to bring it in line with its consumer offering.

The business product inherits the SafeZone virtual environment from the consumer version that gives users access to a browser running inside a sandbox, which will help protect businesses that do online banking from sophisticated Trojans that evade anti-virus detection.

Avast claims the business product uses a quarter less computing resources than most of its competition.

"With Avast Business Protection, we are providing the comprehensive network and endpoint security that businesses need, in a package that is simple enough for people who are not IT experts to freely operate," said Vince Steckler, chief executive of Avast.

Avast is offering a standard version that includes anti-malware features and browser-based management console, and a "plus" version that adds a firewall and an anti-spam component.

The management console enables remote access via any computer browser, freeing system administrators from their dependency on a fixed location or a specific machine as they have with competitors such as AVG and Symantec, says Avast.

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