Cloud-based security solutions firm Panda Security has announced the availability of its line-of-business security solutions, which includes Panda Security for Business, Panda Managed Office Protection, Panda Managed Email Protection, Panda GateDefender SB, and Panda GateDefender Performa.
All products, available now, integrate improved SAAS (software-as-a-service) functionality and leverage Collective Intelligence, an online, real-time database that stores the majority of signature files.
Panda Security for Business, the company's flagship product, is an endpoint security suite for protecting workstations and file servers against malware, including viruses, rootkits, hackers, online fraud, identity theft and other Internet threats. The new version includes improvements to the management console and streamlined functionality around managing security updates.
Panda Managed Office Protection, the latest version of Panda Security's hosted IT security service for small to medium-size businesses and value added resellers serving the SMB market, is up to 50 percent more efficient than traditional endpoint security software, Panda claims. Panda Managed Email Protection, the company's new SAAS clean mail service, protects corporate e-mail from spam and malware and replaces the company's TrustLayer Mail service solution. New features include a redesigned user interface, better spam and user policy administration, and an e-mail backup system that allows continued access to e-mail in the event of a corporate e-mail server failure.
Panda is marketing its GateDefender SB as a unified threat management (UTM) device that offers "plug and forget" installation and said this product is ideal for organizations of up to 50 employees. The product's user-friendly Web-based console has a simple graphics interface and offers total network perimeter protection.
Panda GateDefender Performa is the updated version of this scalable and load-balancing perimeter security device, with improved anti-spam capabilities based on enhanced functionality that protects against threats such as backscatter. Panda said its capability to detect infected machines inside the network perimeter that may be sending spam outside the organization (as is the case with PCs that have become zombies) allows businesses to swiftly counteract security breaches.
According to analyst firm Forrester Research, the continued rise in targeted malware attacks infecting unsuspecting businesses will force security budgets to rise and focus on protecting data, streamlining costly or manually intensive tasks, and providing security for an evolving IT infrastructure. The report, written by Forrester Vice President Jonathan Penn, concluded cost and justification pressures are exerting themselves, but through increasing business-level visibility led by data-breach headlines, security spend continues to rise and take a growing share of overall IT spend.
Security initiatives will focus on four things: protecting data, streamlining costly or manually intensive tasks, providing security for an evolving IT infrastructure, and both understanding and properly managing IT risks within a more comprehensive enterprise framework.
"By incorporating some of the most advanced technologies in the market, our SMB and enterprise customers are benefiting from a complete line of corporate security solutions that cover all the primary vectors of malware infection including workstations and servers, e-mail and Web traffic," said Panda's business customer unit director, Josu Franco. "Leveraging SAAS and the cloud allows us to successfully protect against the burgeoning threat of cyber-crime, while significantly reducing the resource consumption and complexity of security management."