AVG Technologies Launches Secure Sign-On for Service Providers and Small Businesses

By   muhammad malik
Chief Editor , Information Security Buzz | Mar 05, 2015 05:02 pm PST

AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the online security company for 197 million active users, announced the immediate availability of AVG Business Secure Sign-On (SSO). Underpinned by technology from identity management leader, Centrify, AVG Business SSO works to provide AVG partners and business owners with a simple way to control company data on employees’ mobile devices and cloud applications.

“AVG Business SSO allows AVG partners to offer much needed help to those small business customers who are struggling with the issues of bring your own device (BYOD) and password management,” said Lee Frankham, director of Simpology, an AVG Business partner in the UK. “Now, we can roll out services that give our customers simple, secure management of their users’ mobile device data and applications in a matter of a few clicks.”
“Mass ownership of personal mobile devices, the adoption of popular consumer cloud services like Skype and Dropbox for business purposes and the impact of the Internet of Things have been the catalysts for true ‘business without walls’,” said Mike Foreman, General Manager, AVG Business. “Business in a fully connected environment puts smaller firms at risk of data breaches. AVG Business SSO for the first time makes it simple for businesses without big budgets or in-house IT staff to keep company confidential data safe, private and within their control, even while it is shared with employee-owned mobile devices and externally hosted cloud services.”

Key features of AVG Business SSO are:

Centralized control of cloud and mobile apps/data for one-click authentication of end-user mobile devices – single secure sign-on with multi-factor authentication (MFA) for any device unifies identity and mobile device management to give simplified control of mobile data

Affordable identity policy, verification and mobile device management service – including via Active Directory

Efficient password management – eliminates risk from easy-to-remember, reused and/or improperly managed passwords, improves end user productivity by eliminating the need to remember multiple passwords and reduces volume of helpdesk calls resulting from forgotten passwords

Large range of business applications – support for more than 2,500 of the most popular Cloud-based business apps including Office 365, Salesforce, Webex, Facebook, LinkedIn and many more helping IT providers monetize mobile and cloud management services.

Integration with AVG Business Managed Workplace – provides a single, secure access layer to AVG’s entire security and remote monitoring and management (RMM) services portfolio.

“In partnership with Centrify, AVG’s Secure Sign-On supports the most popular operating systems including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android in recognition of the multi-device world that small businesses have embraced today,” said Shreyas Sadalgi, Centrify’s SVP of Business Development. “Our easy-to-use cloud-based authentication and mobile device management service, saves businesses time logging in and out of applications, cuts down on ‘shadow-IT’ and ensures regulatory compliance.”
Secure Sign-On capability is the most significant of several new additions to the AVG Business portfolio being released today. From today AVG Business CloudCare features several updates designed to make partners’ lives even easier. These include a new customer drop-down box that allows IT providers to adjust the settings of one or all their customers with a single click, a central, holistic view of sales alerts, support for HTML-5, and simpler access to customized reporting.

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About Centrify
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Centrify provides unified identity management across cloud, mobile and data center environments that delivers single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT. Centrify’s unified identity management software and cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions leverage an organization’s existing identity infrastructure to enable single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, privileged identity management, auditing for compliance and enterprise mobility management.  Centrify customers can typically reduce their total cost of identity management and compliance by more than 50 percent, while improving business agility and overall security.  Centrify is used by more than 5,000 customers worldwide, including nearly half of the Fortune 50 and more than 60 Federal agencies.

About AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG)

avg technologiesAVG is the online security company providing leading software and services to secure devices, data and people. Over 197 million active users, as of December 31, 2014, use AVG´s products and services. AVG’s Consumer portfolio includes internet security, performance optimization, and personal privacy and identity protection for mobile devices and desktops. The AVG Business portfolio – delivered by managed service providers, VARs and resellers – offers IT administration, control and reporting, integrated security, and mobile device management that simplify and protect businesses.

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