Panda Security has launched its first cloud-based anti-virus free software for consumers.
Launched along with the managed security service Panda Cloud Protection for small-to-medium sized businesses (SMB), Panda Cloud anti-virus 1.0 provides cloud-based protection against malware, spyware, rootkits and viruses and works with Windows 7 (32bits & 64 bits), Windows Vista (32bits & 64 bits) and Windows XP (32bits) operating systems.
Following previous research that revealed that SMB spend less than £1,000 each a year on security software and a quarter do not have any software in place, Panda claimed that its Cloud Protection product optimises resource consumption and eliminates the need for any investment in IT infrastructure.
Both products link to Panda's Collective Intelligence servers that leverage the knowledge gathered from the community of millions of Panda users around the world.
PandaLabs technical director Luis Corrons said: “Nine years ago we said wouldn't it be great to detect all malware files and in the cloud you can detect what is there, it is not about Collective Intelligence as we classify files that we have not seen. Then we can say that it is malware, we are seeing 70,000 files a day and 50,000 is malware, and we are now able to classify 99.4 per cent.
“Most of the detections are made in a generic way, we have had the team looking at it but with one detection you can classify thousands of files.”
Panda Security managing director for UK and Ireland, Petter Lautin claimed that the servers automatically detect, correlate and respond to the new malware samples seen every day.
Lautin said: “Cloud is one of the new buzzwords and no one really understands it, but we are the only company who has a proper cloud anti-virus solution that is free for the consumer. We have traditional consumer products but this the first for the cloud and this is developed from the bottom from scratch.”
Lautin further claimed that SMB is a target market for Panda, as they will get the benefit of security software without needing to invest in hardware.
“We are targeting people who use free anti-virus when it is not the right technology for what they are doing, they know how it works but there is not an all-encompassing solution out there. Our fear is that people think they are secure,” said Lautin.
“There is a significant kind of challenge building in the industry, you can call it a problem if you want, but Collective Intelligence is not a new technology and it is changing, we are ahead of the game.”