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AV Vendor Adopts 'Herd' Intelligence
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Saturday, 01 December 2007 10:25

Panda Security on Monday will roll out new anti-malware solution that analyzes new malware 'in the cloud' rather than in the lab

NOVEMBER 30, 2007 | 5:00 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Senior Editor, Dark Reading

The flood of new malware samples anti-malware firms are sorting in their labs is so overwhelming that AV vendor Panda Security compares it to a denial-of-service attack: "It's a denial of service on AV labs trying to keep up with it," says Gary Leibowitz, general manager of Panda Security USA, which receives 3,000 to 4,000 samples of new malware daily. So his company on Monday will release a new version of its AV software that moves that analysis from the lab to the "cloud" to help it get a better handle on emerging threats such as those targeting Web 2.0 applications, Dark Reading has learned.



Panda's new version of its Panda Security for Business will include this "community cloud" feature, where the anti-malware process, computation, analysis, and signature comparisons are done by Panda's SaaS, drawing from threat information and trends with its users as well as the wider Internet community. It also comes with host intrusion prevention and auditing features.

A handful of other AV vendors have made similar moves, including ESET, Sana Security, and Prevx. Symantec's Norton Anti-Bot is based on its licensing of Sana's product, notes Andrew Jaquith, program manager for security research at The Yankee Group.

Jaquith says this strategy of moving what he calls "herd" intelligence into the cloud represents a major strategy shift for AV vendors. "Herd intelligence turns every endpoint into a malware collector, and allows decisions to be made collectively and much, much faster -- minutes versus days or months," he says. "Essentially, it inverts the laboratory model (top-down) that the AV vendors have been using for the last 20 years."... More   Comment in the Forums
 

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