Panda Security and Microsoft Join Forces

Panda Security and Microsoft have signed a collaboration agreement to develop cloud-based antivirus security services on Microsoft’s new cloud platform, Windows Azure.

The new Panda Cloud Office Protection version 6.0 has been migrated to Windows Azure, which is designed to host, scale and manage web applications. This offers customers a set of privacy and security controls that ensure maximum protection of hosted data and applications.

“The agreement with Microsoft has increased our security management capabilities. It has provided us with virtually unlimited IT infrastructure and enhanced our dynamic adjustment capacity”, said Jeremy Matthews, Country Manager at Panda Security South Africa.

Microsoft South Africa’s Server and Tools lead, Johannes Kanis says, “Until recently, concerns about the security and privacy of cloud-based data have been a major barrier to organisations realising the full potential of cloud-based technologies.” He adds that the partnership with Panda helps to remove that barrier by embedding privacy and security capabilities in the cloud computing arena.

Panda Cloud Office Protection 6.0 is a cloud-based security service for PCs, servers and corporate laptops managed remotely from anywhere through its Web-based console.

The new release includes device control technologies that prevent the spread of malware through the improper use of external devices such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, DVDs and more. These controls allow organisations to improve productivity by enforcing access control policies via a single Web-based console.

The Windows Azure platform allows Panda Security to: manage an even larger number of computers, effectively deploy the service to new countries and prevent service downtime. In addition the technology enables reduction in operating and maintenance costs, reduce time to market and improve user interface performance.

Windows Azure is a development, service hosting and service management environment that provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to the internet through Microsoft data centers.

About Microsoft South Africa

Microsoft South Africa is a subsidiary of the world’s largest independent software and services provider, and helps government, people and businesses realise their potential through technology.  A proudly South African company with a Level 2 BBBEE rating, Microsoft has won numerous awards for being an employer of choice, its contribution to the local economy and broad array of citizenship activities.

About Panda Security

Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the World. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 61 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain. In 2006, Jeremy Matthews founded Panda’s local subsidiary in Cape Town, opening the international vendor’s first presence on the African continent.

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