By Patrick Avenell

AVG today announced the general availability of its latest small business security products, AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 and AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0.

According to the release, the new offerings leverage the significant enhancements in speed and levels of protection that AVG has delivered in its latest generation of consumer products, making it safer and easier to manage.

"The AVG 9.0 small business security solutions provide businesses with more powerful and streamlined protection that deliver improved administration, more robust protection, and faster performance – all without getting in the way of business," said AVG marketing manager Lloyd Borrett.

"This generation of products highlights AVG's core strength of low impact, high performance security. AVG 9.0 SMB products add substantially to the portfolio of measures available to small businesses and their employees in working safe from cyber threats."

Borrett also noted that this release includes substantial price reductions.

"The strengthening Australian dollar has also enabled us to reduce local pricing. The combination means massive savings for our business customers."

There are four main principles of the new AVG release: security that won't slow business; safer internet for the business, its staff and its consumers; reduction of required software management; and the protection of data for unwelcome sources.

"In addition, the client email scanner in AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 cleans the email system of harmful message attachments and dangerous links. The enhanced client and server based anti-spam filters combine to prevent phishers, scammers and spammers from clogging workstations and email servers. Web shielding technology also minimises the risk of virus and other rogue software infections when downloading and exchanging files."

AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 (from RRP $317.20) and AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0 (from RRP $204.99) are available now online through AVG or from computer software resellers.