Canalys is predicting that anti-virus software sales will increase 6.8 percent year-on-year for 2012.

"Canalys also said smaller vendors will chip away at the dominance of companies such as Symantec, Trend Micro and McAfee," writes Computerworld's Jeremy Kirk. "One of the fastest growing vendors is Kaspersky Lab, and others gaining market share include Panda Security, F-Secure, Eset and AVG."

"Vendors are making it easier for SMBs to buy antivirus software through online stores, Canalys said," Kirk writes. "Symantec allows businesses to buy up to 1,000 licenses online, and others such as McAfee, Sophos, Trend Micro and Kaspersky Lab have volume licensing deals online."

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