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Avira at it-sa 2016: New product portfolio for customers

Avira at it-sa 2016

We will present our latest security technology for small- and mid-size businesses, including management and OEM solutions, at this year’s it-sa in Nuremberg. From October 18 – 20, 2016, you can learn all about our latest product portfolio and get advice from Avira experts in Hall 12, Booth 662.

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Small and midsize businesses are targeted most often by hackers

“SMBs are not just targets of cybercrime, they are its principal target”

says a U.S. Security and Exchange Commission report from last fall. In fact, the majority of all targeted cyberattacks last year were directed at SMBs.

The New York Times, in its article No Business Too Small to Be Hacked, said that 60% of all online attacks in 2014 targeted small and mid-sized businesses. Of those attacked, more than half (60%) would go out of business within 6 months of a data breach. That’s a lot of broken dreams and heart ache because of a lack of security.

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Small and mid-sized businesses use Avast for Business to protect from cyberthreats.

Small businesses lack IT expertise and budget

SMBs make attractive targets because they often neglect their security or rely on older consumer security software for protection. Money is always an issue, and sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for an expensive security package.

Just recently, our free, cloud-managed security solution, Avast for Business, passed a milestone – more than 1 million endpoints protected in less than a year. From our relationship with IT admins in sectors as diverse as Education, Non-profits, Retail, IT consulting firms, and SMBs, we have learned that many organizations lack in-house expertise or resources to install costly and complex security solutions.

“All we wanted was a simple security solution that worked, and I knew we didn’t have to pay a fortune for it,” said Tyler Hisel, an IT technician in Ohio.  “Avast was cost saving and had lots of features that I was surprised came free,” he said, “I’ve got to hand it to you, it’s really an impressive product and it being free just makes it better.

How to protect your organization from cyberattacks

  • Install Avast for Business to protect your PCs, Macs, and servers from hackers and data breaches. Avast for Business is easy to deploy and monitor. Our customers tell us that even IT-challenged staff have no issues using our security solution.
  • Create strong passwords. This is an easy piece of advice that many small business people fail to take. We understand that using passwords which are 20 characters with a mix of capital letters, numbers, and symbols is challenging to manage. That’s why Avast has created Avast Passwords, a free password management system which creates strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts. It’s free in all Avast Antivirus programs, and synchronizes across your devices.
  • Train your employees. Many hacks originate from employees clicking on malicious links or websites. Explain the concept of social engineering to your employees, what the most recent methods of attacks are, and the latest malware threats. Follow this blog or Avast on Facebook or Twitter to stay informed.

Avast for Business is available for every business worldwide

Avast for Business is free for every organization worldwide. Visit Avast for Business to learn more and sign up.

Five things to learn from 2015

Here are my five things we discovered in the last 12 months.

  1. Big brands being hacked grabs headlines – but the story can start with a small business.
    The hack and release of personal data from the adult dating site Ashley Madison probably got the most media attention of all the security breaches in 2015, but it was far from the only one. The list of familiar brands and organizations that suffered confidential data breaches ranged from VTech the children’s toy manufacturer, to the US Internal Revenue Service, to the UK’s phone and broadband internet provider, Talk Talk. There was even a “live demo” of a Chrysler-Jeep being hacked on the highway. How do hackers get in? A common tactic is via employees innocently clicking bogus links in emails or bringing malware-infected personal devices into the workplace. Crucially, hackers can find their way into big brands via small company suppliers where security may be weaker. The message is simple: all businesses need to ensure their online defences are as strong as possible.
  1. New payment methods: faster transactions but new threats
    2015 was the year that new payment methods really seemed to take off. On the one hand, “contactless” bank cards allowed consumers to make payments by tapping a card against a terminal without having to swipe and enter a PIN. But this use of RFID technology also gives cybercriminals a new opportunity to steal data – if they can get close enough.Likewise, smartphone payments – such as Apple Pay and Android Pay – are turning phones into wallets. That means thinking about your phone’s physical and cyber security. So is your business taking every possible step to keep its data – and customers’ data – as safe as possible in this new world of faster and mobile payments?
  1. Bring your own device can allow hackers through the office door
    How many of your employees bring their own mobile devices to work and use them to check and send work-related emails, access spreadsheets or other company data? So don’t forget to protect mobile devices in business, they are as vulnerable as desktop devices and carry business critical data. Two mobile hacks in 2015 reminded us all of how vulnerable smartphones can be: the MMS messages with a hidden sting, and the Stagefright 2.0 vulnerabilities in the Android operating system.
  1. Don’t think your Mac device is a safe bet!
    Part of the Apple myth is that its devices are always malware free; indeed, remember those old “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ads from the late 90s with the actor representing the PC catching a terrible cold versus the healthy young Mac? That myth was truly tested in 2015 when fake developer tools that were used to create iOS apps containing malicious code known as “XcodeGhost” made their way onto the Apple App Store. The moral of the story? If you’re using Apple tech, make sure you’re taking security seriously … you can still catch a cold.
  1. We’re only human!
    An error this year by an individual at the UK holiday firm Thomson was a timely reminder that however tight your online security, human beings make mistakes. Data about the name, home address, telephone number and flight information of 458 people were attached in error to an email. The simple lesson? Everyone should take a moment to think twice before attaching documents to an email and hitting send. Just ask the question: what I am sending and should this be shared in this way?

So there we are: five lessons from the outgoing year to remind us of the critical need to keep business security top of mind.

For more tips, insights and product information to keep your business protected, check out our web site at http://www.avg.com/internet-security-business. We look forward to helping keep you and your business safe as we head into the 2016!

AVG works with National Federation of Independent Business to raise awareness of online security

Read the headlines and you would think cyber-crime was all about big brands fighting to keep customer data out of hackers’ hands.

You might even think it is about governments and cyber-espionage.

But behind the headlines, there is a day-to-day story of small business under attack.

So to mark National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we’re working with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to share free tools and resources and about online threats.

Through October, we’ll help NFIB members and small business owners learn more about some of the practical issues around cybersecurity.

We’ll share information about the common tricks and tactics of hackers, and we’ll explore the issues around Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the challenge of keeping a business secure when the lines are blurring between an employee’s personal tech and their professional life.

This week we’re encouraging small business owners and NFIB members to take our AVG Small Business IT Security Health Check.

It’s a simple free tool to help business owners think about how well-prepared they are against cyber threats.

The tool poses 17 multiple choice questions across a range of security topics: from password security to IT infrastructure.

There are also questions about what plans business owners have in place to deal with the fall-out if a security breach happens and customer, employee or suppliers’ personal information is compromised.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll share updated versions of our free ebooks through the NFIB’s regular email newsletter to members:

  • Digital Policy Guide
    What kind of issues emerge from employees and business owners using social media for personal and professional life? This guide looks at how social media can be a positive tool for businesses – and a management challenge if it’s misused. Download the guide.
  • Hackers and Hacking
    What are hackers looking for and what are their common tricks and tactics? Employees’ payroll data? Customer and suppliers’ bank details? This guide covers the threat of hacking, the motives behind it, what is at risk and how to combat these kinds of attacks. Read the ebook.
  • Bring Your Own Device
    Mobile tech from smartphones to tablets means that employees can keep in touch with friends and family on the same device they use to keep track of work emails, appointments and data. So what does that mean for your business? This guide looks at the issues around BYOD.

Sadly, there’s no way to stop hackers from trying to breach the virtual defences of small businesses. Wherever they are in the world, hackers will keep trying to find valuable data and disrupt business operations. And as Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman of the Congressional Small Business Committee, explained earlier this year, 71 percent of cyber-attacks are targeted at businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

So we hope our association with the NFIB will spread awareness of the issues and help small business owners feel better prepared to deal with online threats and ready to take steps to make their businesses more secure in future.

A London NHS clinic leaks 780 patients’ details.

The 56 Dean Street clinic in London accidentally released the names and email addresses of 780 patients who have attended HIV clinics.

In a statement released on their website, a spokesperson for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust stated:

“We can confirm that due to an administrative error, a newsletter about services at 56 Dean Street was sent to an email group rather than individual recipients.

“We have immediately contacted all the email recipients to inform them of the error and apologise. Any concerned patients can call  020 3315 9555 and 020 3315 9594.”

In an interview with BBC Dr. Alan McOwan has said that, “Not everybody on the list is HIV positive.”

This data breach comes on the heels of a similar incident that occurred earlier last month to UK based holiday company Thomson. The 56 Dean Street clinic data breach, while unfortunate, again underscores the importance of having appropriate data security policies and procedures in place, as well as the need for employee training on the handling and protection of sensitive data.

The cost of a data breach can affect more than your bottom line, it can affect lives too. So if you’re in doubt about the security of your own IT infrastructure, download AVG’s Small Business IT Security Guide or take the AVG Small Business IT Security Health Check now to find out what you can do to help prevent security and data breaches.

If you need comprehensive protection against online threats for your business PCs, network and email, take a look at AVG Internet Security Business Edition.