If you’re in the business of securing networks for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), there is a volume of new challenges you’re most likely tackling. Cybercrime such as ransomware is more pervasive than ever before, with employee error contributing to the risks. The growing amount of connected devices in the workplace has only added to the number of endpoints that need to be managed, and this is made all the more challenging by an industry shortage of cyberskills.
The upside, as our channel partners have shared, is that the demand for security services—specifically in the SMB sector—has not slowed. In CompTIA’s IT Industry Outlook 2017 report, 43% of IT industry executives believe security may outperform market categories, like the cloud, in the year ahead. The report also noted that the expected growth of managed services is predicted to be 30%, which is on par with high-growth market categories like the internet of things (IoT).
Yet to take advantage of this market opportunity, managed service providers (MSPs) must be able to prioritize security and have the security capabilities to respond to the new market demands and changing security needs of SMBs.
These are all factors that influenced our Avast Business product portfolio, and today you’ll see this reflected in our new Avast Business Managed Workplace remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution.
Avast Business Managed Workplace
Starting with antivirus protection, we’ve integrated our strongest endpoint protection to date—Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus—right into our new Managed Workplace RMM solution. Our RMM capabilities now include integrated antivirus, uniform antivirus policies for workstations and users, site security assessments, patch management, network management, backup, monitoring and alerting, and reporting.
We’re now providing the advantages of both strong endpoint protection and network management in one central RMM platform.
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What does this mean for our channel partners?
The new release of Avast Business Managed Workplace offers our channel partners a new competitive advantage with the right tools to differentiate their business, save money, and win new customers.
But don’t just take our word for it. Security Analyst Eric Ogren at 451 Research may have summarized it best here:
"Small and medium-sized businesses face the same volume of security threats as larger enterprises, but don’t have resources to deploy a broad range of security products. Avast is addressing this gap with its Avast Business portfolio that integrates new endpoint protection from the Avast-AVG merger with its managed service platforms to deliver both stronger antivirus and network management in one platform. We believe this combination of security and operations features provides a good option for those MSPs prioritizing security in their service portfolios and making the transition from solution provider to security provider.”