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Q&A: Avast CEO On AVG Acquisition And Why Large Endpoint Security Companies Aren't 'Dinosaurs'

Avast CEO Vince Steckler sat down with CRN to talk about the closing of the company’s acquisition of AVG and what partners can expect from the combined companies.

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What is the vision for the corporate and mobile businesses under Avast?

In our corporate business we both fundamentally run a two-tier, three-tier channel organization and that is what we will continue to run in the future. We will merge the partner programs together, merge the license discounts together, etc., but we will not change that model. Just because of the acquisition of AVG, there won't be any changes in the resellers and distributors because of that. Your readers will have access to a larger portfolio of products because we will combine them together.

On the mobile side, we run two models. One is an over-the-top installation or distribution via the App Store and Google Play for mobile devices. That model will continue. But, the neat model that AVG has, which we will now try to take out of the US into other markets, is providing privacy and security products to mobile carriers to then provide as a service…It's kind of a cloud service to the users. I think it's a much, much better way of providing the mobile privacy and security solutions to consumers because when they are on just the phone they are too easy to remove…If we can embed these things in the carrier infrastructure, they [can't be removed.]

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