AVG Announces Acquisition of Sana Software



    
    Online Identity Protection Products and Intellectual Property Extensions
    Strengthen AVG's Suite of Security Software Solutions, Marks AVG's
Entrance
    into Silicon Valley

    
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Jan. 13 /CNW/ -- AVG Technologies, a global
anti-virus and Internet security software provider with over 80 million users
in 167 countries, today announced the acquisition of Sana Security, a leading
developer in identity theft prevention software. Sana's forward-looking
technology in the industry comes from its behavior-based security software
that proactively protects against threats in a similar way to the human immune
system. The transaction marks another successful milestone as AVG continues
its corporate growth strategy to continually improve Internet security
coverage for individuals and small businesses and expand its global footprint.
Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Sana also provides AVG with its
first offices in Silicon Valley.
    As the threat landscape evolves with more sophisticated online attacks to
steal personal information, Sana's technology complements AVG's existing
portfolio by delivering continuous threat detection and automatic removal of
malicious software proactively. Tens of thousands of new computer threats --
including increasingly complex bots, rootkits, spyware, and Trojan horses --
are released every day; Sana's technology helps computer users to simplify and
streamline protection against identity theft.
    "AVG's acquisition of Sana is one of the most exciting accomplishments in
identity theft prevention. Sana's unique behavioral software, combined with
AVG's existing security technology, will provide the most comprehensive online
identity protection in the industry, delivering continuous real-time
protection.  At the same time, AVG will continue to maintain low PC resource
utilization for optimal system performance, a critical requirement both for
the individual at home and for the business user," said J.R. Smith, CEO of AVG
Technologies.
    Sana Security's personnel, together with its research organization Sana
Labs, will be integrated into the AVG organization and maintain offices in
Silicon Valley.
    Sana's products use advanced behavioral technology to protect users'
personal information -- including logins, passwords and account information --
and other critical data stored on the computer. By mimicking the approach used
by the human immune system to repel attackers, the software prevents hackers
from capturing and transmitting sensitive information away from the user's
machine, compromising their online security.
    Sana's technology "learns" normal application behavior by observing the
way those applications interact with each other (their "code paths").
Vulnerabilities in the form of software bugs, user configuration errors,
malware infections, and other forms of attack force applications down
unexpected code paths. The behavioral technology recognizes this misdirection
and eliminates the threats before they can affect the user's data.
    
    About AVG Technologies
    
    AVG is a global security solutions leader protecting more than 80 million
consumers and small business computer users in 167 countries from the
ever-growing incidence of web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams, and
hackers. Headquartered in Amsterdam, AVG has nearly two decades of experience
in combating cybercrime and one of the most advanced laboratories for
detecting, pre-empting and combating web-borne threats around the world. Its
free online, downloadable software model allows entry-level users to gain
basic protection and then to easily and inexpensively upgrade to greater
levels of safety and security in both single and multi-user environments as
their needs change and grow. Nearly 6,000 resellers, partners and distributors
team with AVG globally including Amazon.com, CNET, Cisco, Ingram Micro,
Play.com, Wal-Mart, and Yahoo!. More information is available at
http://www.avg.com.




For further information:

For further information: Siobhan MacDermott of AVG Technologies, Mobile,
+1-415-299-2945, or, +420 725 695 132, siobhan.macdermott@avg.com; or North
America, Ron Tomczyk of GlobalFluency, +1-646-652-5210,
rtomczyk@globalfluency.com Web Site: http://www.avg.com

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