Webroot has launched a cloud-based version of its web security services and email archiving.

The email archiving Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution is designed to help businesses meet industry and regulatory compliance standards and support e-discovery requirements.

The latest release of the Webroot web security service features new outbound malware scanning to prevent outbound 'phone-home' connections where malware attempts to send confidential data to a hacker's machine, updated real-time threat detection heuristics and significant reporting and logging enhancements.

According to Webroot, the enhanced real-time threat detection increases detection of polymorphic viruses and other malicious code, cross site scripting (XSS) attacks and more advanced sandboxing capabilities. These new features are designed to fend off new variants of exploits attackers launch in real-time to evade detection.

Don Beck, senior VP and general manager, SaaS Business Unit at Webroot, said: “The new Webroot email archiving service and enhanced web security service represent our commitment to innovation and rapid delivery of service enhancements to keep business data secure.

“Our SaaS approach to security lets us automatically roll out enhancements to our entire user base for better protection from emerging threats – allowing customers to avoid costly and time-intensive upgrade cycles that traditional security vendors require.”