Panda Security launches app to protect Apple computers, iPhones, iPads and iPods

Panda Security, the self-titled “The Cloud Security Company”, has launched a software solution for companies operating within hybrid computing environments.

Panda Antivirus for Mac Corporate Edition is designed to deliver “complete” protection against all types of malware that affect Macintosh computers. The software protects Mac desktops, laptops and servers and prevents Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPods from transmitting malware to other operating systems.

Corporates will be pleased to learn that the software includes a centralised administration console whose job is it to simplify deploying the solution across networks, and facilitates the implementation of security policies and real-time monitoring of security.

Panda Antivirus for Mac Corporate Edition includes two scan engines: one to deliver on-access or resident protection and the other to perform on-demand scans on folders, files and e-mail, detecting and eliminating or blocking all types of threats.

In addition to protecting against Mac-specific malware, the software also addresses the full range of threats – Trojans, viruses, exploits, spyware, keyloggers, adware, hacking tools, botnets, dialers, scareware, and others – designed for Windows, but which can also affect the Mac platform, particularly Web-based threats.

The additional protection provided by scanning support for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod should help to ensure that if any of these devices is carrying malware, it can’t infect other connected devices or Macintosh computers. Since it operates in the background, taking advantage of available resources and kicking in when resource loads are low, it should have little to no impact on system performance and speed, claim the company.

In 2009, just 34 vulnerabilities were discovered in the Mac OS. According to vulnerability experts Secunia, this figure rose to 308 in 2010, and 67% of these were classified as highly critical, indicating that an attacker could take control of unpatched systems and repurpose or exploit those systems at will.

“2010 was an intense year for threats. We have collected more than 20 million new examples of malware, and the figure continues to rise. Each day, our laboratory receives approximately 63,000 new threats,” said Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of threats designed specifically for Macs, although there are many more that can affect corporate Mac users, including all Office macro viruses. Other types of threats that Mac users are increasingly exposed to include phishing, and vulnerabilities in popular browsers and PDF readers.”

Panda Security for Mac Corporate Edition is available for £20.95 (ex. VAT, per license) for workstations, servers and the administration console (including 12 months updates and full technical support). The full solution is available in Spanish, English and French, and workstation-only versions in Italian, German and Japanese.

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Christian Harris is editor and publisher of BCW. Christian has over 20 years' publishing experience and in that time has contributed to most major IT magazines and Web sites in the UK. He launched BCW in 2009 as he felt there was a need for honest and personal commentary on a wide range of business computing issues. Christian has a BA (Hons) in Publishing from the London College of Communication.