Avast acquires mobile virtualization firm Remotium

The deal allows Avast to extend itself further beyond the consumer market.

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Avast has acquired Remotium in a deal aimed at boosting BYOD security in the enterprise.

Announced on Wednesday, security firm Avast said virtual enterprise mobility company Remotium's solutions assist the enterprise to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies more securely and effectively, and therefore can be considered a valuable addition to Avast's mobile security portfolio.

The BYOD trend, firmly entrenched within the enterprise, allows companies to cut costs while at the same time promoting the 'on-the-go' mobile device requirement of modern business.

However, once you connect multiple operating systems, models and platforms to corporate networks, security risks increase -- especially as you are placing compliance in the hands of individual users who may not keep their mobile devices secure and up-to-date.

Remotium streamlines the process of accessing business-critical applications in a BYOD environment through the Remotium Virtual Mobile Platform. This allows users to access enterprise apps through their mobile devices, and by connecting through the platform, the firm says data security and compliance are "assured."

Financial details were not disclosed.

Under the terms of the deal, the 15 employees which make up the Remotium team -- headquartered in San Mateo -- will join Avast's 600-member strong organization.

Vince Steckler, CEO at Avast said in prepared remarks:

"Remotium's mobile solutions address the needs of modern enterprises. As more and more companies support BYOD policies, the question of how to implement these policies efficiently and securely is top of mind for everyone.

With Remotium's technology, companies have visibility and security needed to ensure data integrity and corporate compliance. At the same time, users enjoy increased privacy, as well as apps that look and feel consistent across mobile and desktop platforms."

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