Global IT vendor, Panda Security, has announced the launch of Panda Antivirus for Mac Corporate Edition.
The new solution, for Mac desktops, laptops and servers, delivers complete protection against all types of malware able to affect Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, protecting users against threats designed specifically to target the Apple platform.
It also prevents Mac users from transmitting malware for other operating systems.
“Many companies, universities and other organisations now operate with a diverse network topology including Mac servers and workstations operating alongside Windows systems,” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations.
“In these environments it is very important not just to protect against specific threats that target Apple platforms, but also against those Windows threats that can be transmitted via Mac and infect all systems.”
Panda Antivirus for Mac protects against all types of threats in near real-time. It can also scan Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod, thereby ensuring that if any of these devices is carrying malware, they won't infect other similar devices or the Mac computer or server.
It is also designed specifically not to impact performance, as it operates silently taking advantage of available resources or low workloads.
The antivirus scans folders, files and email, detecting and eliminating or blocking all types of threats initially designed for Windows, but which also affect Mac.
These threats include Trojans, spyware, keyloggers, adware, hacking tools, botnets, dialers, scareware and other Macro viruses.
In 2009, some 34 vulnerabilities were detected in Mac OS. This figure rose to 308 in 2010, with 67% of these vulnerabilities classified as highly critical, indicating that any attacker could take remote control of unpatched systems, among other actions.
“2010 has been an intense year for threats,” says Luis Corrons, technical director of Panda.
“We have collected over 20-million new examples of malware, and the figure continues to rise. Every day our laboratory receives some 63,000 new threats.
"Regarding Mac, we've seen an increase in the number of threats designed specifically for this platform, although there are many more that can affect corporate Mac users: all Office macro viruses, for example.
"And there are other types of threats which all Mac users are exposed to, such as phishing, or vulnerabilities in popular programs including browsers and PDF readers.”