I’m excited about attending Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in a couple of weeks’ time. Not only is Barcelona a great city to visit, but also if, like me, you love getting a new smartphone, take a quick look at this set of predictions as to what the handset manufacturers will be showcasing there.

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    MWC has quickly grown to be the world’s premier mobile industry event and I am looking forward to hosting AVG Business’s “Mobile Security Forum” on March 3rd with our Chief Technology Officer, Yuval Ben-Itzhak.

    The session also features three guest speakers who will give their views on the importance of mobile security for smaller businesses - Shreyas Sadalgi, SVP Business Development at Centrify, Ronen Sasson, CEO of Communitake and George Georgiou, Sales Director at TIG.

    Yuval and I will be making a major AVG announcement for small business at the Mobile Security Forum – we’ll be unveiling a simple, affordable way for small businesses to help keep company confidential data safe, private and within their control even when it’s shared with employee-owned mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) and externally hosted cloud services.

    Why’s this important? Take, for example, Dropbox, Gmail and Skype which are popular with small businesses, indicating that small businesses want easy-to-use and ultra-effective cloud-hosted business tools. These sorts of services are often used outside a company’s formal IT set-up and the general lack of appropriate protection is putting small firms at risk of data breaches. According to research by PwC, a breach costs smaller firms between £65,000 and £115,000 on average.

    Our solution will be taken to market via our partner network and I encourage all of our partners to act as enablers for this to support their small business customers. Our goal is to enable small businesses to use this new breed of business tool safely and securely, giving them the confidence to concentrate on their core business.

    I look forward to seeing you in Barcelona.

    For more information on our solutions for small business visit our new webpage.

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