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Avast Business Makes Security Patching Painless for MSPs


New intuitive patch management in Avast Business Managed Workplace
reduces time and costs incurred in critical IT update cycles; adds new
features to Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus endpoint security

(LSE: AVST), the global leader in cybersecurity products, today
announced the latest updates to its Avast Business Managed Workplace
solution that simplify patching and improve visibility of patch status
and management. Managed service providers are now able to identify
quickly when an individual device was last checked for new patch
installations, establish a steady rhythm of update checks for all
devices connected to the network, and filter out superseded patches to
save time and reduce disruption to the customer. Avast Business also
rolled out two new features for its Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus
product: Webcam Shield protects the user from prying eyes, and Advanced
Firewall settings allow for more tailored endpoint protection.

Arne Uppheim, Director of Product Management for SMB Security at Avast
Business, said, "A lack of technical resources at small businesses makes
them extremely vulnerable to security threats. The time required to
conduct a full IT health check and manage seemingly never-ending
security patching cycles can be detrimental to productivity and
profitability. In our own research, we found that only 45% of SMBs would
be willing to conduct a full IT health check and, even then, only after
an attack has happened."

He added, "Additionally, nearly one-third (29%) of Windows PCs globally
are still currently running with EternalBlue unpatched - the
vulnerability that led to WannaCry last year. Many of the devices
supported through our MSP environment are Windows-based so providing
deeper support to enable painless patching was a clear priority for us
with the latest release of Avast Business Managed Workplace."

Avast Business Managed Workplace key new features include:

  • Last Check for Updates: easily identifies when a patch managed
    device last checked for updates to install
  • Patch Health Monitoring: enables MSPs to monitor when a patched
    device last checked for updates and alerts when it does not do so on
  • Patch Filtering: MSPs can now filter by pre-set approval groups
    to see which patches have been approved for installation and filter
    out patches that have been superseded
  • Persistent Filtering: to help save time on patching, MSPs can
    now create default filters for the Patch Management Patch Report and
    Device Report pages
  • Overall improved support for Windows 10: patch support and
    technical updates for Windows environments and Windows 10 in particular

Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus new features:

  • Webcam Shield: prevents applications and malware from accessing
    a PC's webcam without the users' consent, so they always know who is
  • Advanced Firewall settings: includes advanced application and
    packet rules for more robust endpoint protection

About Avast Business:

Avast Business,
part of Avast (LSE: AVST), the global leader in cybersecurity products
with over 400 million users, provides enterprise-grade endpoint and
network security solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and IT
service providers. Avast Business combines powerful integrated security
with remote monitoring and management solutions to make it easy and
affordable for businesses to protect, manage, and monitor complex and
evolving network security layers. Backed by Avast's immense threat
detection network, which is among the largest and most advanced in the
world, Avast Business uses machine learning and artificial intelligence
technologies to detect and stop threats in real time.

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