Security software developer AVG Technologies last week announced the availability of two new product suites designed to help small and mid-sized businesses defend against evolving security threats. The AVG Internet Security 2011 Business Edition and the AVG Anti-Virus 2011 Business Edition incorporate AVG's more than two decades of experience in the anti-malware field.
According to AVG, the new product suites were designed using what the company terms as its "People Powered Protection design model" by tapping into the feedback from its global community of more than 110 million users. In the press release, J.R. Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies elaborated on the company's driving principals behind its products, noting that:
At AVG, we recognize that most small business owners are not IT experts, and need an antivirus and Internet security solution for their business that provides maximum protection and is easy to administrate.
AVG Anti-Virus 2011 Business Edition (AV) is a subset of the AVG Internet Security 2011 Business Edition (IS), the latter being the product touted as offering real-time protection against the latest online threats. On top of the features bundled in AV, IS comes with AVG Identity Protection that watches for software that behaves strangely, all the better to protect business-centric data.
In addition, IS incorporates anti-spam protection managed via a spam toolbar within Microsoft Outlook (Outlook 2010 supported) while actively guarding against e-mail being used to propagate malware. Indeed, e-mails are certified as being virus-free for peace of mind and added professionalism. And yes, not only is it suited for laptops and desktops, the software apparently will run on e-mail servers as well.
Both AV and IS editions incorporate new and enhanced features for rapid deployment across the business network, and also feature active directory integration for heightened network visibility. System administrators can also obtain an "at-a-glance" overview of non-compliant workstations using a desktop widget. Finally, remote installation and management of AVG business solutions can also be done through customizable tools.
The price for a one-year, five-seat license for AVG Internet Security Business Edition 2011 starts at $247.99. Alternatively, a one-year, two-seat license for AVG Anti-Virus 2011 Business Edition starts at $89.99 and a two-year, two-seat license starts at $134.99. You can find 30-day trial downloads available from AVG's Business Security download page; all AVG products also come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Personally, I would opt for AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition (AV) and incorporate anti-spam protection directly on the e-mail server through use of a cloud-based filtering solution. Of course, the final choice will probably depend on the priorities of individual SMBs, and whether they require the identify protection capabilities found in the IS suite