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Avast Business launches secure private access to provide zero trust network access

Avast has released its Secure Private Access (SPA) by Avast Business, providing zero trust network access to medium- and large-sized companies via managed security service providers (MSSPs) and managed service providers (MSPs). Built with both the end-user and MSSP/MSP in mind, Avast Business SPA takes both a user and application-centered security approach in which authorised users are granted access to applications, but never the network.

As the enterprise evolves and the cloud environment expands businesses must change to meet the demands of remote, mobile users. Today’s users expect to seamlessly work from anywhere and from any device, which traditional remote access VPNs can’t support, especially without the necessary security required to accommodate these demands, or the heavy burden of maintenance on IT resources. To fill this gap, Avast Business SPA empowers companies to separate their security from the data centre and leverage the scalability and reliability of the cloud.

By eliminating redundant and tedious functions of legacy remote access VPNs — which are difficult to configure and route traffic inefficiently — Avast Business SPA takes a user-focused approach that securely connects users to company apps, regardless of whether they are privately or publicly hosted, while providing fast, seamless, and secure access. Intended to serve as an alternative to the inbound VPN gateway, Avast Business SPA services make deployment simple and scalable, eliminating infrastructure overhead.

“Our new Secure Private Access offering enables Avast Business channel partners to provide a much needed bridge between enterprise-grade security and today’s remote workforce,” said Vita Santrucek, General Manager, Avast Business. “It is a more secure and seamless way to access critical applications, and it’s all in the cloud, making it simple for partners to manage. As we continue to navigate the current pandemic and what the office environment will look like moving forward, organizations can rest assured knowing that their employees and data are safe – no matter where they are.”

Key benefits include:

  1. Enhanced Security – Service-initiated zero trust network access architectures uses a cloud brokered, user to app connection that makes the company network invisible and inaccessible to hackers.
  2. Simplified Management – As a 100% cloud-based solution, it’s easy to manage from a single platform and delivers consistency across all apps and devices.
  3. Secure Scalability – Avast Business SPA is a fully cloud-delivered, zero trust network access service that enables digital ecosystems to function without exposing services directly to the internet, thus reducing risks of distributed denial of service attacks.
  4. Better User Experience – Eliminating the many hassles of VPN clients and appliances, Avast Business SPA provides “always on” access across all apps and devices, resulting in increased end-user productivity.
  5. Reduced Complexity – Straightforward deployment and implementation, without VPN gateways, allows for simple and scalable deployment.
  6. Reduced Cost – Without required physical or virtual appliances, organizations save on implementation overhead.

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