Avast has updated its Avast Business Managed Workplace solution to make security patching less painful for managed service providers (MSPs).
Simplifying patching and improving visibility of patch status and management, Avast’s latest update helps MSPs 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installations, establish a steady rhythm of update checks for all devices connected to the network, and filter out superseded patches to save time and reduce disruption to the customer.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.
“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,” said Arne Uppheim, director of product management for SMB Security at Avast Business.
“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.”