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Huawei Signs MoU with Avira to Announce Partnership on Cloud-Based Zero Day and Malware Protection

Feb 14, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On the second day of RSA2017, Huawei and Avira signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and announced a partnership to deliver cloud-based zero day and malware protection worldwide. The partnership will allow Huawei to provide customers with optimized content security protection by increasing detection rates without detracting from performance.

While online file transfers and shares enable digital transformation among businesses, they can also increase the spread of viruses and malware. However, if businesses choose to deploy anti-virus software, they risk damaging the performance of their computer systems. As a result, enterprises are increasingly interested in adopting malware database solutions that not only protect against advanced persistent threats and vulnerabilities like zero day, but also offer system stability and high performance. The collaboration between Huawei and Avira solves this need, affording companies the security protection of anti-malware along with the high detection rates – and high performance – of a firewall.   

Specifically, Huawei and Avira's partnership involves integrating Avira's advanced anti-malware and zero day protection technology into Huawei's Next-Generation Firewall. Huawei's Next-Generation Firewall contains an Intelligent Awareness Engine (IAE), or local stream-based engine, which constantly works to inspect files and update virus signature databases to detect and remove viruses. Concurrently, Avira's protection technology – which is currently deployed by global companies across an array of industries – performs real-time security intelligence gathering to provide reputation reference; this intelligence is then integrated into the Huawei cloud to support the Next-Generation Firewall in detecting threats at higher rates. In this way, Huawei's malware protection system is both more efficient and effective than solutions currently available in the industry.

"Zero day and malware threaten business and consumers alike, and Avira is pleased to be a key technology within Huawei's content security portfolio," said Travis Witteveen, CEO of Avira. "With this partnership, Huawei's Next-Generation Firewall customers will benefit from Avira's advanced cloud-based malware protection, which gathers security intelligence every minute of every day from our existing 500 million installations, by having it protect their customers as threats emerge in real-time."

"Huawei's ever-expanding market share of firewall products around the globe has triggered an increasing need for content security capable of firewalls," said Liu Lizhu, general manager of Security Gateways at Huawei. "This worldwide cooperation with Avira enables Huawei to help customers obtain higher content security protection efficiency with higher system performance, thus greatly improving the competitiveness of Huawei's Next-Generation Firewall products and solutions."

There is currently an industry-wide consensus that the only way to cope with network threats is to build a security ecosystem. In line with Huawei's integration strategy, the cooperation between Huawei and Avira will play an important role in helping enterprise customers further improve their network security levels, while also promoting the development of the security industry at large.

About Huawei
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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About Avira
Avira protects people in the connected world - enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently lead in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a family-owned company with headquarters near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and additional offices in Munich, Bucharest, Beijing, and Silicon Valley. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information, visit


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