Written by AVG Business
Published on August 12, 2023

What is a security suite?

A security suite is an all-in-one cybersecurity solution that defends against advanced threats with multi-layered protection, such as network security, multi-device protection, and malware detection. It typically includes features such as an antivirus, anti-malware protection, a firewall, and performance scanners.

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    Developed to support the needs of today’s businesses, security suites can protect both physical and cloud infrastructure environments and are managed through a single management tool, such as AVG Cloud Management Console. Security suites can also be updated automatically, seamlessly protecting your business against the latest cybersecurity threats.

    No matter your level of protection, regular staff education around cybersecurity threats and best practices is essential to complement your security software. Employee training could include raising awareness of phishing emails and suspicious files along with training about what to do in the event of a data breach.

    Security suite vs antivirus

    While security suites and the best antivirus software serve similar functions — to help protect your devices, network, and business against cyberthreats — they are not the same.

    Security suites protect your business from viruses, worms, and malware by routinely scanning devices on your network to identify and remove potential threats. However, an antivirus is just one of a collection of tools in a security suite that work holistically to provide advanced protection. Other features include access controls, firewalls, browser protection, and password managers.

     A security suite defends against advanced threats with multi-layered protection.A security suite defends against online threats with a variety of features that provide multi-layered protection.

    If your business already has antivirus software, you can replace this with a security suite that has virus protection as an integrated feature. Or, you can supplement your existing software with additional tools, such as email server security and patch management. Keep in mind that purchasing multiple tools individually is often less cost-effective than selecting an all-in-one solution.

    Are free security suites as effective as paid ones?

    Basic, or “free” security suites are typically aimed at consumers, include fewer tools and features, and are not as effective as paid or “advanced” security suites. Businesses use multiple devices and may hold large amounts of sensitive information, so it is important to choose a security suite that meets these needs.

    For example, Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices are supported by Windows Defender, Microsoft’s built-in antivirus software that offers basic protection. However, a security suite subscription can offer stronger protection measures by providing multiple layers of defense.

    Also, if your business encounters a potential threat or security concern, the best security software will include support from cybersecurity experts, so you can minimize the risk to your ongoing operations.

    In short, security suites are a vital investment to the long-term success of your business, so it is best to choose an advanced solution over basic software.

    Security tools and features

    A security suite should reduce the risk of viruses, malware, data breaches, and other malicious activity using cloud-based technologies controlled via an intuitive central management system.

    Here are some common tools included within security suites to help you choose the right one for your business needs:

    Multi-computer protection

    A security suite for businesses should enable implementation and management across multiple devices. Even small businesses can have a large attack surface — with numerous laptops, desktops, and servers — and central management of these devices can help streamline protection.

    Antivirus and anti-malware

    Incorporating antivirus and malware protection, a security suite should discreetly protect your devices by always running in the background, preventing the threat of viruses, spyware, ransomware, and other malware.


    A security suite should prevent unauthorized traffic from accessing your business network with an integrated firewall that continually monitors all traffic entering and exiting your network.

    Security and performance scanners

    Scanning technologies will run in the background to identify potential threats to your business in real time. Examples of scanners include attachment scanners, link scanners, and bot scanners. A spy scanner can also protect against identity fraud.

    Internet protection

    When browsing the internet, your employees may unknowingly stumble across a harmful website that contains viruses or other malicious code. A security suite therefore should use robust internet security to block unsafe web pages that pose a risk to your business.

    Access controls

    Access controls allow IT administrators to set rules about which users can access which data or applications. It is best practice to restrict access to only those who need it to complete their job.

    AVG Cloud Management Console

    Management Console is an easy-to-use platform that allows your business to manage your suite of security tools. As a built-in feature of AVG’s business security suites, Management Console lets you quickly deploy protection to multiple endpoints, manage policies, monitor threats, schedule updates, and protect devices — all from one dashboard.

    Why choose a business security suite by AVG?

    When you’re not an enterprise with a team of IT experts to support and educate the business, cyberattacks may seem like science fiction — or at least events that only happen to other companies! The truth is that all businesses, no matter how big or small, are at risk from a range of cyber threats.

    Here at AVG, we understand that your business needs advanced protection that supports office, remote, and hybrid working, but without the hassle and complexity of enterprise-level suites. AVG AntiVirus Business Edition offers just that.

    AVG AntiVirus Business edition lets you easily manage your company's security from a central console.Easily manage your company’s security from AVG AntiVirus Business edition’s central console.

    Our security suite includes traditional and next-gen security tools to protect your business network, endpoints, and employees from malware, spam, malicious websites, and suspicious behavior. Features include:

    • A built-in firewall to monitor all network traffic

    • Smart Scanner to quickly check devices for performance or security issues

    • SharePoint protection to secure your servers from malicious files

    • CyberCapture, which sends unrecognized files to our team of experts to ensure they are safe to open

    • A file shredder to securely and permanently delete files that your business no longer requires

    We also have email server security and password management as part of our advanced, top-rated security suite designed specifically for small businesses.

    AVG AntiVirus Business Edition is quick and easy to install, includes automatic updates, and can be managed through a central console — giving you a holistic view of your company’s cybersecurity at any time.

    And you don’t need to be an IT expert to use our suite, but if you do need help, we offer free phone and email support.

    So, why choose a security suite by AVG? Because we offer comprehensive small business protection that makes your peace of mind our priority.

    Frequently asked questions

    Why is security software important for businesses?

    Without investing in advanced, multi-purpose server and computer security software, businesses are at increased risk of a data breach or sophisticated cyberattack, which can result in reputational damage, financial harm, or even legal and compliance repercussions.

    Can I install more than one security suite on my device?

    It is possible to run more than one form of cybersecurity software on your business devices, but this is not advised as it may slow down your network and will require careful management to ensure updates are regularly applied. For operational efficiency and the least impact on performance, it is best to have an advanced, all-in-one security suite.

    How does a security suite protect my device from malware and other threats?

    A security suite typically includes tools that detect, identify and remove viruses, malware, and other cyber threats from your network and devices, operated from a central management system. Centralized control means that devices can be easily updated, ensuring that the latest security threats are mitigated and reducing the risk of potential exploits.

    Will a security suite slow down performance?

    Modern security suites will not significantly slow down the overall performance of your systems or devices in the way older software may previously have done. For example, a lot of processing is now done using cloud-based technology rather than relying on your internal servers, scans are optimized to run outside typical working hours, and updates can be scheduled to fit around your business operations.

    What should I do if my security suite detects a threat on my device?

    If your security suite detects a potential cyberattack or data breach, the device user and system administrators will be notified. The next steps include isolating the affected device so that the threat can be located and removed without risking the rest of the network.

    How often should I update my security suite?

    To ensure constant protection, you should enable automatic updates across all your business devices. This means that you do not need to rely on employees to take individual action, which may leave vulnerabilities in your network, and you can rest assured that your business is protected from even the latest threats.

    What is Security Suite for Chrome?

    Security Suite for Chrome is a browser hijacker. Although it is advertised as a free security suite, it’s actually malware that, once installed, can flood your browser with advertising and pop-up ads. It can also redirect you to different websites from your original searches and can take control of your default search engine, leading to serious problems for your business security.

    To reduce the risk of downloading or installing harmful malware, choose a security solution from a trusted brand such as AVG to protect your operations.

    Get enterprise-grade security for your business with AVG AntiVirus Business Edition

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    Get enterprise-grade security for your business with AVG AntiVirus Business Edition

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