~ Powerful platform focuses on securing data, not devices; delivers security-enabled productivity by protecting company data and workers' personal privacy ~
San Mateo, California, Feb. 17, 2016 -- Avast Software, maker of the world's most trusted mobile security software, today launched the Avast Virtual Mobile Platform (VMP). The platform is built on top of the iron-clad Virtual Mobile Platform of award-winning mobile enterprise security provider Remotium, which was recently acquired by Avast. Designed specifically to meet the mobile solution needs of modern enterprises, Avast VMP takes a fundamentally different approach from EMM (enterprise mobility management) solutions available today, focusing on securing data rather than devices.
Through ephemeral sessions in which no data footprint is left behind on the device, Avast VMP prevents datajacking, which is the unsanctioned appropriation of data on a mobile handset or computer from the data's primary owner. The platform delivers reliability and confidence that company information and data remain secure, and that workers' personal privacy is respected. It includes powerful features that enable users to make and receive encrypted calls to each other and send instant messages without leaving a trace on devices. It also includes a comprehensive policy engine for greater security, flexibility and control over apps, data and users.
A recent Avast survey* on the impact of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) on enterprise security of more than 100 IT professionals, including senior IT executives and managers in security roles, revealed that increased productivity is the main goal of most enterprise mobility programs. They also reported that datajacking is the greatest security challenge they are facing today. The following are some of the survey highlights:
"With the use of personal mobile devices now entrenched in the workplace, the Avast Virtual Mobile Platform meets the need for a powerful enterprise-grade mobile security technology that helps workers, IT and business units achieve their productivity goals," said Sinan Eren, Vice President and General Manager, Avast Mobile Enterprise. "Our leading-edge enterprise mobile technology ensures procedure, policy and bureaucracy don't get in the way of business productivity and performance."
Avast VMP users in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, financial services, and legal will also benefit greatly from these new features as they enable ultimate security of user-to-user communication. For healthcare, Avast VMP provides instant compliance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations and enables doctors to send photos and view medical images without leaving a trace on personal devices. For legal and financial services, users can discuss high-value, confidential transactions without risking information exposure.
"Different spins on Virtual Mobile Infrastructure have emerged over the past few years specifically because of the challenge mobile poses to the shifting of content, applications, data and workflows to smartphones and tablets for which traditional security, productivity and governance schema no longer apply," said Chris Marsh, Research Director, 451 Research. "Avast's platform goes further than some by being HIPAA compliant, enabling encrypted calls and IM, along with applications like SharePoint already configured for the platform. As one virtualized infrastructure, it should appeal to businesses struggling with the idea of multiple mobility management technologies and the integration they'd have to do across them."
Avast Virtual Mobile Platform features include:
About Avast VMP
Avast's award-winning solution solves the challenges of delivering corporate applications to employees' mobile devices by creating a smooth user experience, while ensuring data security and compliance. This patent-pending technology allows users to work from anywhere – in the office, remotely from their home office or while on business trips. Users can connect to their VMP from any device they are using – smartphones, tablets, and desktops – in order to get access to their corporate tools, apps and data.
Avast (www.avast.com), the global leader in digital security products, protects over 400 million people online. Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company’s threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT, ICSA Labs, West Coast Labs and others. Avast is backed by leading global private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Summit Partners.
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