Business Security

Mid-Valley Literacy Center protects its people with Avast for Business

Gracie Roberts, 12 April 2016

Since launching Avast for Business, Avast has signed up more than 150,000 organizations.

The Mid-Valley Literacy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Keizer, Oregon, where adults come to improve their literacy skills in order to increase their economic stability and overall quality of life. With 25 staff members, the majority of which are volunteers, the center found itself trying to manage a variety of platforms and deal with the complexities that come with allowing their staff to use their personal devices for work purposes.   

Alan Scott (center) and fellow Mid-Valley Literacy Center staff members having a blast during a company fundraiser.Alan Scott (center) and fellow Mid-Valley Literacy Center staff members having a blast during a company fundraiser.

Alan Scott, a staff member at Mid-Valley Literacy Center, and his colleagues implemented Avast Free for Education a few years back, and were pleased with the security and service it provided while requiring minimal involvement from IT. Recently though, Alan and his colleagues realized that the increasing number of remote volunteers, the rise of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and the security concerns that come with having corporate data stored on personal devices meant they needed to find a new solution.

The Mid-Valley Literacy Center periodically hosts tutor training sessions to provide their students with a top-quality learning experience.The Mid-Valley Literacy Center periodically hosts tutor training sessions to provide their students with a top-quality learning experience.

Protecting the organization during the rise of BYOD   

Alan visited Avast headquarters in Prague to learn about their new free solution for small- to mid-sized businesses, Avast for Business. Alan quickly recognized that this new product was exactly what the Mid-Valley Literacy Center needed.

After implementing Avast for Business, the center was able to protect its staff members from malware  on Macs as well as PCs. The new solution addressed the increasing BYOD issue the center was facing by allowing them to manage each employee’s device through the cloud.

And finally, since Avast for Business is a free solution, the center was able to focus its funds on reducing adult illiteracy, its core mission, rather than spending money on security software.

Free security software that does the job

After implementing Avast for Business, the Mid-Valley Literacy Center was able to easily and cost effectively manage all of the various devices used by its staff members. Now the Mid-Valley Literacy Center knows its sensitive data is protected, so it can focus more on its core mission: empowering adults by bettering their literacy skills.

Since launching Avast for Business, Avast has signed up more than 150,000 organizations. The majority of its users are in education, IT consulting, and the nonprofit sector, with one of its many satisfied users being the Mid-Valley Literacy Center.