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New Software Makes Malware Defense Easier for SMBs



Two out of five small- and medium-size businesses have suffered a security breach as a result of employees visiting websites that host malware, infected downloads or have been corrupted by malicious code, a recent survey shows. Good anti-virus software can go a long way toward mitigating the damage caused by malicious software, but administering those programs can be taxing for small and medium businesses' (SMB) IT staff.

GFI Software has release improved versions of its anti-virus solutions that the company says will lighten the load of SMB IT admins in their fight against malware mayhem. VIPRE Antivirus Business 5.0 and VIPRE Business Premium 5.0 offer several key enhancements, including incompatible software removal, Windows firewall auto-configuration, an integrated database that requires no IT admin configuration, auditing and reporting functions to provide transparency, remote management and an enhanced management console.

GFI commissioned the Web security survey to understand the Web monitoring and Web filtering practices of SMBs.

"SMBs walk a fine line when it comes to balancing employee Internet access with the security risks it creates," said Phil Bousfield, general manager of GFI's infrastructure business unit. "The Internet is one of the most valuable tools SMBs have at their disposal, but without a strong security strategy and a thorough understanding of how and where threats originate, it can pose significant risks to their networks."

VIPRE Business defends against viruses, worms , spyware, Trojans, bots, rootkits and more. It scans large volumes of files quickly and with minimal impact on system performance and also protects against email-borne viruses and integrates with all desktop email solutions using POP3 or SMTP, including Microsoft Outlook. VIPRE is certified by AV-TEST, ICSA, Virus Bulletin (VB 100) and West Coast Labs.

Pricing for VIPRE Antivirus Business and VIPRE Business Premium includes the first year of maintenance and starts at $193.80 and $240, respectively, for five machines, with a sliding scale discount based on number of machines.

"Anti-virus solutions for SMBs should be focused on making the lives of IT admins easier," said Mark Patton, general manager of the company's security business unit. "Anti-virus should be easy to use and easy to manage, and still deliver the protection it promises with as little impact on systems resources as possible. SMBs should be protected from today’s online threats without sacrificing the speed and performance of their PCs."