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Monitor threats in real time and deliver unparalleled protection from a single, cloud‑based security

In the race to stay ahead of new cyberthreats and unexpected security issues for small and medium-sized businesses, how can IT service providers continue to grow revenue, win new business, and compete effectively? Adding security services to your existing portfolio is one way.

With the right combination of security services, this can speed the transition to a more strategic service model and away from break-fix, or reactive services. Managed security services can deliver the protection that SMBs require very cost-efficiently, and at the same time, help differentiate, build, and grow your business.

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Antivirus: Provide Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus to deliver enterprise-grade protection that keeps customers’ devices, data, and employees safe from the latest cyberthreats. Content Filtering: Block access to unsafe websites using a range of features designed to keep clients’ employees safe and productive during work hours. Cloud Backup: Ensure all data is protected and available with secure and automated backup for devices, SQL servers, Microsoft Exchange servers, and file servers. Email Security: Stop spam and secure emails with services that include Antispam, Email Archive Lite, Encrypted Email, and Email Archive.

How a cloud-based antivirus works

By storing threat definitions (files categorized as malware or dangerous IPs and URLs) in the cloud rather than on a device itself, cloud-based antivirus software needn’t store all those millions of definitions on its own hard drive, freeing up space.

And since updates can be pushed to your antivirus software remotely via the cloud, you’re not stuck with a static list of threats the software knows to guard against. As soon as new threats are discovered, say by a team of threat researchers supporting your antivirus software, an update can be pushed to all devices using it. This results in near real-time protection from the constantly shifting threat landscape that exists online.

Benefits of a cloud-based antivirus solution

The existing catalog of polymorphic malware, zero-day phishing, and similarly evolving threats is massive. To house such a huge amount of data on a single endpoint would impair productivity to the point of rendering a computer nearly inoperable when a scan is run.

Luckily, major advances in cloud-based computing were made around the turn of the new millennium. For those companies able to harness the power of the cloud for antivirus software, major improvements in speed and performance awaited. Smaller installation agents meant less time and space used during installation. Fewer definitions stored on the device began to mean fewer or no interruptions for routine scans.

Beyond lightening the storage load for individual devices, definition updates— those course corrections added to software to protect against newly discovered threats—take minutes to reach the software, rather than the days or weeks it may take to make the same updates without the aid of the cloud. If you’ve ever had to wait for your computer while your antivirus software updated, you know the frustration. That’s not to mention the threats you may have been exposed to in the interim between version updates.

To recap, the benefits of cloud-based storage include:

  • Access to a larger threat database without having to house it on your hard drive

  • Smaller installation agent for your antivirus software, so it takes up less space

  • Near real-time definition updates based on data gathered from the entire network of users



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