Frontier tackles small business cyber threat challenges with new security suite

Frontier is giving small to medium businesses (SMB) a new weapon to target the growing cyber threats being created as more employees use their own devices to access key applications and information from their networks.

Leveraging F-Secure technology, Frontier Secure's Computer Security Pro for PCs/Macs and Mobile Security Pro for Android OS-based mobile devices offer what it says is a low-cost solution designed to protect SMBs from potential cyber threats that may come into a network via an employee's device.

SMBs can get access to real-time protection for desktop and laptop computers and protection for file and email servers from viruses, malware, spyware and hackers. Likewise, Mobile Security Pro includes anti-virus, anti-malware, remote wipe and anti-theft features for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend may be gaining momentum, but Kelly Morgan, senior vice president and general manager of Frontier Secure, said that small and medium businesses are losing revenue to security-related downtimes that average 2-3.5 hours, two to four times a year.

Morgan added that "87 percent of SMBs have no written Internet security policy for employees and 69 percent allow employees to `Bring Your Own Device' to work."

Selling value-added security services like these will help Frontier further its bond with SMBs, a segment of the business market that typically lacks the resources to deploy and manage network security software for their on premise computing equipment.

The other benefit is it could help it increase average monthly business revenue per customer. While it won't report first-quarter 2014 earnings until Tuesday, the service provider reported that in the fourth quarter of 2013, average monthly business revenue per customer was $662.15, up 1 percent sequentially from the third quarter of 2013.

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