Cloud security specialist Panda Security announced the general availability of Panda Cloud Internet Protection (PCIP), a cloud-based security service that helps protect small to medium-size businesses from Internet-borne threats, including botnets, phishing, cross-site scripting and other Web 2.0 attacks. The service offers policy enforcement, data leak prevention and reporting capabilities.
The solution is currently available, along with a free trial, through Panda authorized resellers and can be purchased either alone or as part of the Panda Cloud Protection suite.
The Web-based console helps enable in-house and partner administrators to instantaneously adjust settings, filter URLs and regulate use of risky Internet applications, regardless of the user's device or location. Panda Cloud Internet Protection also makes use of dynamic content classification technologies to identify fast-moving threats and integrates with LDAP/AD to ensure appropriate usage policies are applied. In addition, SMBs and their reseller partners can benefit from the service's ability to redirect Internet traffic and malware analysis through the cloud, freeing network bandwidth for other applications.
Key features of PCIP include instant visibility into all Internet activity across the organization from anywhere, SAAS (software-as-a-service) delivery, redirection of Internet traffic and other high-bandwidth activities such as malware analysis through the cloud to free local network bandwidth, and Collective Intelligence, Panda Security's proprietary system for automatically collecting and processing millions of malware samples in the cloud instead of on the local PC. Flexible administration controls help administrators create and manage one Web usage policy for all end users, including remote workers. Resellers can manage multiple customer deployments from a single console.
"SMBs increasingly have widely distributed workforces, with employees accessing the Web from home offices, at client sites, while traveling or in coffee shops," said Rick Carlson, president of U.S. operations for Panda Security. "The high vulnerability of these scattered Internet access points, coupled with highly targeted cyber-criminal methods, means that today's businesses absolutely require an Internet security service that can be managed remotely and deliver instantaneous protection without getting in the way of business."
Other features include tamper-proof security through data protection regulatory compliance, which is assured through comprehensive leak detection, including through Webmail, instant messaging, and file upload channels and real-time reporting. With the introduction of Panda Cloud Internet Protection, the company's SAAS offering now covers three major infection vectors: Panda Cloud Office Protection protects endpoints and servers, Panda Cloud Email Protection protects email systems, and now PCIP addresses Web threats. All three solutions are fully compatible and can be purchased individually or as part of the Panda Cloud Protection offering.