BARCELONA: AVG has launched a Secure Sign-On (SSO) service for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android designed to help small to medium sized businesses deal with the bring your own device (BYOD) trend.
SSO uses technology from AVG and Centrify to offer cloud application management for a variety of mobile devices.
AVG claims that SSO allows companies to monitor and manage mobile devices and cloud applications via "centralised cloud controls", using single secure sign-on with multi-factor authentication and unified identity and mobile device management services.
SSO can integrate with AVG's Business Managed Workplace, and supports more than 2,500 cloud-based business apps including Office 365, Salesforce, Webex, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Mike Foreman, general manager for AVG Business, said SSO will help customers better manage the influx of consumer cloud services and mobile devices in small businesses.
"Business in a fully connected environment puts smaller firms at risk of data breaches," he said.
"AVG Business SSO for the first time makes it simple for businesses without big budgets or in-house IT staff to keep confidential data safe, private and within their control, even while it is shared with employee-owned mobile devices and externally hosted cloud services."
Shreyas Sadalgi, senior vice president of business development at Centrify, added that the software will help firms avoid accidental shadow IT.
"Our SSO service supports the most popular operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, in recognition of the multi-device world that small businesses have embraced today," he said.
"Our easy-to-use cloud-based authentication and mobile device management service saves businesses time logging in and out of applications, cuts down on shadow IT and ensures regulatory compliance."
Shadow IT and BYOD are challenges affecting companies of all sizes. University of Surrey professor Alan Woodward said during an interview with V3 earlier in February that the unapproved use of consumer applications is putting company data at increased risk.
Mark Brown, executive director in cyber security and business resilience at Ernst & Young, told V3 that the problem will continue to grow and that employees will use their own devices with or without company approval.
AVG is one of many companies helping businesses to secure mobile devices and applications. Google unveiled an Android for Work mobile device management solution in February.
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