AVG Technologies offers cost-conscious businesses an update of its Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 and AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition security software solutions.
Security and antivirus software specialist AVG Technology has improved protection
and performance of Internet Security Business Edition and AVG Anti-Virus
Business Edition, aimed at small to medium-size businesses.
The two updated solutions are available online and through resellers; multipacks
are offered in five-seat increments. Pricing for a one-year, five-seat license
for Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 starts at $247.99, and a one-year,
five-seat license for Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0 starts at $159.99.
Specific to 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's network so that it can recognize anomalies and block malicious
processes. The new functionality in Identity Protection (IDP) helps to catch
malicious software trying to hijack a system before it is able to cause damage.
To improve ease of use and administrator experience, AVG has made IDP
manageable from the administrator's console or it can be completely silent.
In addition, the new client e-mail scanner in Anti-Virus Business Edition
9.0 cleans the e-mail system of harmful message attachments and links, and the
enhanced anti-spam filter helps prevent phishers, scammers and spammers from
clogging workstations and mail servers. Web shielding technology also helps
minimize the risk of virus and other rogue software infections when downloading
and exchanging files.
"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 AVG Technologies CEO J.R. Smith, noting
the offerings incorporate cloning technology into the deployment process,
simplifying and shortening installation time. "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."
AVG 9.0 also adds behavioral, in-the-cloud and white-listing technologies,
building on a foundation of signature-based protection to deal with known
threats. The AVG Internet Security offerings also aid integration between the
Resident Shield, firewall and data protection modules, enabling modules to
share malware information and remove most malicious types of malware, rootkits
and other threats for which signatures have not yet been issued.
Additionally, the new Linux-based rescue CD restores the network in the
event an existing infection renders systems unbootable, and the company said it
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
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.