Westcoast signs distribution agreement with Avast Business to grow Channel portfolio in the UK

Avast Business has signed a new distribution agreement with Westcoast to distribute its full portfolio of on-premise professional antivirus software. The deal, signed in January 2021, is the largest regional distribution contract in Avast’s history.

Alex Tatham, Managing Director at Westcoast, said: “Cybersecurity is the number one issue on the desk of every CIO in the UK – that’s every business including all those serviced by Westcoast’s army of partners. Our partnership with Avast will enhance our security offering and provide a new line of business to our already outstanding software capability. We have no competing offering and hence will put all of Westcoast’s considerable energy and enthusiasm behind this new relationship; helping Avast Business consolidate its channel and allowing our reseller customers to offer the very best products in the market. I couldn’t be more delighted.”

Marc Botham, VP of Worldwide Channel and Alliances at Avast, said: “We have a responsibility as a cybersecurity company to protect the vulnerable from opportunistic cybercriminals. Historically, SMBs have fallen into this category because of budget, resource, or personnel constraints which have prevented them from preparing for, or responding to, cyber incidents that pose a threat to their business continuity. The partnership with Westcoast will help us to reach the UK market at scale and serve these businesses with affordable, enterprise-grade products, as well as sharing expertise on how to become more cyber resilient through Westcoast’s new cyber division, Westcoast Cyber.”

Westcoast is offering the full portfolio of Avast Business’s on-premise solutions, including Avast Business Antivirus, Avast Business Antivirus Pro, Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus and Avast Patch Management to its partner hub. The deal will also include the distribution of AVG antivirus products, including AVG AntiVirus Business Edition and AVG Internet Security Business Edition. For more information about these services, please visit https://www.avast.com/en-gb/business and https://www.avg.com/en-gb/business-security.

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