Symantec has announced that it has integrated its reputation-based security technology, Quorum, into its new Norton 2010 solutions.

Quorum leverages the anonymous software usage patterns of Symantec's extensive volunteer user community to automatically identify entirely new spyware, viruses and worms. It will be incorporated into Norton Internet Security 2010 and Norton AntiVirus 2010.

The Quorum reputation-based security leverages data from multiple sources, including: anonymous data contributed by Norton Community Watch members; data provided by software publishers; and anonymous data contributed by enterprise customers in a data collection program tailored to large enterprises.

The company claimed that the data is continually imported and fed into the reputation engine to produce a security reputation rating for each software file, all without ever having to scan the file itself.

Quorum uses information such as the file's prevalence, age and other attributes to compute highly accurate reputation scores, these reputation ratings are then made available to all Symantec users through a large cloud-based infrastructure of Symantec servers.

Symantec claimed that Quorum reputation-based security complements traditional security techniques by using anonymous software usage patterns to classify files as safe or unsafe. It was developed at Symantec and provides a fundamentally new layer of protection from today's latest threats.

Stephen Trilling, senior vice president, security technology and response at Symantec, said: “This new technology changes the rules of the malware game, shifting the odds significantly in favour of our users. By harnessing the wisdom of our tens of millions of users, we're able to detect threats that are invisible to traditional security products.”