Kyocera names Avast to secure network-connected MFPs in Canada

To protect its customers against threats posed by “unsecured endpoints,” Kyocera, a leading manufacturer of multifunctional printers (MFPs), has enlisted the help of cyber security specialist Avast. Pointing out that network-connected printing devices are an easy entry point into a business’s network and its confidential information, the companies added that the “security-first program” will give Kyocera’s Canadian customers the advantages of Avast’s cloud-based, threat-detection network (which is among the largest and most advanced in the world), that protects against rising threats such as ransomware. The 3-year deal is “a proactive, immediate defense against cybercrime.” Through the partnership, Kyocera’s customers in Canada can access Avast’s network that detects and blocks the latest cybersecurity attacks – including malware, phishing, ransomware, breaches in privacy, and much more.

Michel Naud.
Michel Naud.

A certified Avast Elite Channel Partner, Kyocera Document Solutions Canada can now customize Avast solutions to meet security needs across its key customer segments of education, government, healthcare and more. The solutions include a full IT services portfolio with advanced endpoint security services along with a help desk and technical support. Kyocera clients also gains access to specialized cloud and remote monitoring and management solutions to build, standardize and automate a managed security program for its dealer network. Avast is providing technical training and support, counseling and guidance on go-to-market strategies, as well as access to marketing resources. “With the rapid growth of cyber threats such as ransomware, security has become a top priority for our customers,” said Michel Naud, Director of Direct Operations for Kyocera Document Solutions Canada. “By partnering with Avast, not only can we provide immediate and effective security protection, we now have the technology, services and resources to build and scale the IT services side of our business. This is a clear market advantage for Kyocera Document Solutions Canada.”

Kevin Chapman.
Kevin Chapman.

“We welcome Kyocera Document Solutions Canada as a partner and look forward to helping them deliver tailored security and managed IT services for customers with any type of security need,” said Kevin Chapman, SVP and GM of Avast’s SMB Business. “Our unique AVG Business by Avast solutions provide advanced security protection for end-customers which simplifies the delivery and automates the management of security services for our channel partners. Coupled with our comprehensive channel partner program, we’re ensuring that our partners can go to market effectively and build a scalable program that fosters high recurring revenue and greater margins.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.