AMSTERDAM, 20 September, 2011 – AVG Technologies, a leading provider of Internet and mobile security, today announced AVG Business Edition 2012, a robust-protection, resource-friendly security software for today’s small businesses. This new version is faster, lighter, easier to use and is available now.

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    AVG believes small businesses need more than a stripped-down version of enterprise security: They need software designed especially for them. In a nutshell, AVG Business Edition 2012:

    • Delivers more—with respect to speed, protection, cost savings and time to focus on the day’s tasks
    • Demands less—by way of smart scanning, fewer interruptions and ease of use that makes a smaller footprint on users, administrators, PCs, servers and the overall budget
    • Minimizes threats—via award-winning antivirus and Internet security across multiple touch-points, from e-mail and the Web to emerging threats such as information theft, social engineering and the risks involved with using social media as a marketing tool
    • Reduces hassle—with an uncluttered management console

    “More than ever businesses need to be aware that the potential impact of cyber-crime must not be underestimated. With our increased dependency on information technology, not protecting your business could mean the end of your business“, said JR Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies. “After the 2008 financial crisis, the OECD began to re-examine today’s potential ‘global-shocks’. Alongside the expected threats; financial crises, pandemics and social unrest, the OECD also included ‘cyber risks’ for the first time ever. Our recent Cybercrime Futures report highlights the increasing risks we all face and provides a call to action for businesses to protect themselves.”

    Businesses must:

    • Equate online security with corporate governance and brand protection, and make it a boardroom issue. This is not just a technology debate
    • Protect, and keep protection updated for all computers and mobile computing devices that are brought in or taken home by staff, contractors, clients and visitors
    • Promote strong password management, with password and username combinations that are not easy to guess and which include a combination of letters and numbers

    AVG Business Edition Products rated first in ease of use by Tolly Independent Testing Labs and AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 2011 was awarded five stars in value for money by SC Magazine.

    In conjunction with the launch of AVG Business Edition 2012, AVG also announced the SMB Market Landscape Report, a GfK white paper with new SMB market-related findings as of mid-2011. Top-level trends demonstrate that SMBs:

    • Have a more conservative attitude toward IT spending as a response to financial uncertainty
    • Are embracing technologies to increase levels of mobility, though few are aware of the potential dangers associated with bringing data to more devices
    • Recognize the opportunity social networking offers to promote business and engage with customers, but do not take the proper additional precautions against specific social-media threats
    • Remain focused on traditional IT vulnerabilities like e-mail and web viruses without safeguarding against emerging IT security threats, such as information theft and social engineering
    • Are most concerned about losing access to files and replacing hardware, when security breaches are the costlier risk. SMBs that have already experienced such a breakdown are more likely to have seen the long-term impact, such as loss of sales and revenue opportunities.

    “AVG Business Edition 2012 aims to be the simplest, most tailored security software for small businesses,” said Robert Gorby, global head of SMB marketing at AVG. “For businesses looking for protection without impeding performance, AVG is the most compelling product on the market. Customers can essentially set and forget—with peace of mind that we will take care of the rest while they interact in the connected world.”

    In addition to security technology, AVG’s information-packed Small Business Resource Centre provides customers with guidance to stay up to speed on the latest security trends. Security needs are rarely the same for every organization; AVG helps SMBs select the protection that is right for their business via an easy-to-use online security audit tool. After a short questionnaire about their business, customers receive a detailed report containing hints and tips to better protect their data.

    About AVG Technologies

    AVG is a global security software maker protecting 98 million active users in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of Web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. AVG has nearly two decades of experience in combating cybercrime and advanced laboratories for detecting, pre-empting and combating Web-borne threats from around the world. AVG has a strong reseller network consisting of resellers, partners and distributors globally including CNET, Ingram Micro, and Wal-Mart.


    Future Laboratory ‘Cybercrime futures’ report: Cybercrime_Futures

    SMB Market Landscape Report: SMB_Landscape_whitepaper_2011

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