Friday, September 7, 2012

Avira and Labwise Partner to Protect Smart TVs and Set Top Boxes from Malware

Tettnang, Germany & Tampere, Finland --- September 7, 2012 – Security expert Avira and digital television specialist Labwise announced today an agreement in which Labwise will implement Avira’s Protection Suite software into third-party smart TVs and set top boxes in order to protect these devices and digital IP (Internet Protocol) networks from malware and virus attacks.

“As televisions and set-top boxes are becoming more interactive -- using IP networks and IP technologies with open software and application platforms -- we expect that these smart TV devices will quickly become vulnerable to virus attacks in a similar fashion as what has happened in the computer and smart phone industries,” said Pasi Toiva, Managing Director of Labwise Ltd. “So we are working with Avira to integrate their state of the art virus protection to prevent these attacks from happening in the TV device industry.”

Labwise is an independent digital TV testing and verification company that works with the world’s leading manufacturers of televisions and electronics devices. Avira is an award-winning maker of security software that detects and blocks viruses, Trojans, keyloggers, spyware, worms and other digital threats.

“Avira takes its role seriously to protect not only devices, but also the networks and people who use them,” said Travis Witteveen, COO of Avira. “We already protect over 100 million users using Microsoft, Mac OS, Android or Linux devices in the world, and we are honored to be working now with Labwise to secure TV devices and entertainment networks as well.”

About Labwise Ltd

Labwise Ltd is a professional digital television specialist offering services and support in the fields of device testing, device specifications and standards, product implementation, product management and product sourcing for TV device manufacturers, system providers, operators and distributors. Labwise is headquartered in the city of Tampere, Finland. Visit www.labwise.fi for more information

Media Contacts:

AVIRA

USA:
Rocket Science PR, for Avira
Rich Mullikin, APR
Tel: +1 415 464 8110 x216
Mobile: +1 925 354 7444
Email: rich@rocketscience.com

Europe:
Flutlicht GmbH, for Avira
Veit Kollera
Tel: +49-911-47495-17
Fax: +49-911-47495-55
Mobile: +49-170-2252603
Email: v.kollera@flutlicht.biz

LABWISE
Labwise Ltd.
Pasi Toiva, Managing Director
Tel: +358 (0)3 214 0010
Email: info@labwise.fi

About Avira

More than 100 million consumers and small businesses depend upon Avira’s security expertise and award-winning antivirus software, making the company the number-two market share leader globally. Avira is ranked #1 in technology innovation according to ABI Research; recommended by Consumer Reports for its free antivirus software; cited by OPSWAT as the #1 fastest-growing antivirus vendor in 2012 and the #2 largest vendor worldwide in 2011; and has received a nearly unbroken string of Virus Bulletin VB100 awards for the past decade.

Avira provides IT-security protection to computers, smartphones, servers and networks, delivered as both software and cloud-based services. Visit www.avira.com.