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Panda launches security as a service for SMBs

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Panda Security has announced the worldwide launch of Panda Managed Office Protection, a web-based subscription service that removes the cost and management overheads of hardware, personnel and software resources dedicated to anti-malware for small and medium-sized businesses and remote offices.

“Installing and maintaining security software requires a lot of time and effort from small-and-mid-sized businesses.  Companies need to invest in servers, licenses and security specialists, which translates into significant costs,” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda Security’s sub-Saharan operations. “Panda Managed Office Protection is specially designed to protect organizations that don’t want to waste time and resources on these tasks.”
With Panda Managed Office Protection, SMBs will be able to focus on their core business. Its simple web based administrator console allows IT protection to be securely managed and installed from any computer with Internet access enabling security management to be completely externalized. Subscription to an outsourced security service helps further reduce software costs.
“Most enterprises will not have the resources to do an effective job at keeping the bad guys out and letting the good guys in. Outsourcing keeping-the-bad-guys-out effort is a driver for the managed-security market,” says Vic Wheatman, managing vice president for IT consultancy firm Gartner.
Research from Panda “Infected or Not” initiative (http://www.infectedornot.com) shows that 72% of organizations with traditional security solutions in place are unaware of the risks that they are running with hidden malware on their systems. In addition to this, SMBs are suffering from the cost management overhead of trying to stay protected against the latest threats.
Panda’s new Managed Office Protection ensures business continuity and offers higher availability with 24×7 support, providing the latest available product versions as well as signature file updates. It also protects laptop computers and remote connections through the installation of an ultra-light agent.
Through it, users will be able to access all product upgrades and updates across the Internet. Its detection capacity benefits from Collective Intelligence developed by Panda Security which leverages collective knowledge in order to offer the latest malware signatures in real-time.