Avira launch cloud security service
AMES cloud-based mail filtering service targets SMB customers
Security company Avira is offering a security in the cloud service for SMB customers in the Middle East.
The Avira Managed Email Security (AMES) service provides email scanning and filtering for companies, to protect them from viruses and other malware.
Subscribers to the service have their mail redirected to Avira's own servers, where it is scanned using Avira's own proprietary technologies including the heuristic ProTAG scanner and the HICAR module used to scan images.
Any malware detected is removed, and any spam is also blocked, before messages are forwarded on to the customer's own servers.
AMES means that companies do not have to administer their own mail security, and also save on bandwidth as spam is eliminated before it reaches the customer's servers.
The service takes around 20 minutes to set up, and will cost around $81.60 for five mail boxes, with pricing based on the number of mail boxes.
Customers are able to administer the service via a web platform, MyAccount.avira.com, Avira, which gives access to isolated messages and allows administration of rights and settings for the service.
Obay Alabed of Avira commented: "AMES completes the Avira portfolio of server, desktop and gateway solutions with a fully managed cloud service and brings small and medium sized businesses one step closer to an integrated security concept. But that's not all, it also improves performance and cuts costs because it reduces the burden on staff and infrastructure Managed solutions from the data cloud offer companies a higher level of security, which Avira plans to constantly improve with the help of additional managed security services. For example, we are planning to launch our archiving component at the beginning of 2011."