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Avast Brings Anti-Virus to Business, for Free

Luke Walling, general manager and vice president, SMB, told eSecurityPlanet that Avast for Business is different than Avast's existing consumer offering, which is also freely available.

"This is a true business-grade platform, and our cloud management console includes all of the alerting and reporting functionality that you'd expect to see in a paid offering," Walling said.

Policy management and controls over endpoints are key enablers for a business-grade offering, he added, as they provide management with centralized control and insight into what is going on with endpoints.

Walling said the company expects the majority of users will stick with the free version of the product. However, Avast offers tools such as anti-spam and firewall solutions for a fee. "We make money from indirect monetization," he said.

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Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.