Cloud-based security services

January 2010 Cyber Security

Panda Security has unveiled the next generation of its cloud-based anti-malware services for home users and SMBs: Panda Cloud Antivirus and Panda Cloud Protection.

Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0 is the industry’s first free thin-client anti-virus for consumers, now featuring an even lighter footprint on PC performance. Panda Cloud Protection is a fully-hosted managed security service for SMBs, which provides hands-off protection of endpoints and e-mail.

“Both of these offerings leverage Panda’s Collective Intelligence cloud-scanning system, which offers the industry’s fastest protection against the newest and most dangerous malware for both SMBs and home users,” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations.

This approach has been recognised as the way forward by industry analysts. “In the cloud and security-as-a-service have the potential for cost savings and for fast deployment, as compared with equivalent-capacity, premises-based equipment,” said Gartner’s recent Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Protection 2009 report.

Protecting consumers from the cloud

As it emerges out of beta, Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0 offers improved protection against new and unknown viruses with even less impact on users’ PCs. Cloud Antivirus 1.0 provides 100% cloud-based protection against malware, spyware, rootkits and viruses. Panda Cloud Antivirus works with Windows XP (32 bits), Windows Vista (32 bits and 64 bits) and Windows 7 (32 bits and 64 bits) operating systems and only consumes 20 MB of RAM. It can be downloaded from http://www.cloudantivirus.com.

Protection for SMBs

Cloud Protection is a lightweight managed security service that automates all maintenance tasks and allows SMBs to stay focused on their core business, while resting easy about safeguarding their digital assets and information. As a hosted service, Panda Cloud Protection optimises resource consumption and eliminates the need for any investment in IT infrastructure. SMBs can benefit from a fully-outsourced security service, enabling them to easily monitor and maintain their own protection against malware from anywhere, at any time, or assign responsibility to a managed service provider (MSP).

For more information contact Jeremy Matthews, Panda Software, +27 (0)21 683 3861, jmatthews@pandasoftware.co.za





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