Texas School District Trusts Panda Security for Worry-Free Network Protection

May 3, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla., May 3 /PRNewswire/ — Panda Security, the Cloud Security Company, today announced that Irving Independent School District in Texas has just celebrated its second full year of virus-free computing since adopting Panda Security for Business, the company’s all-in-one security software suite for small and medium-sized organizations.

Panda Security for Business is the industry’s only comprehensive gateway, email and endpoint security solution to benefit from Collective Intelligence, Panda’s disruptive method for scanning malware via the cloud. By turning the traditional signature-based detection methodology on its head, Collective Intelligence uses the shared knowledge and experience of its entire global network of users to deliver automated and instantaneous protection against known and unknown malware to all users. In addition, the product’s deep management controls provide extensive local control over protection and policy administration – an important attribute for organizations with widely-distributed computing environments.

After a thorough evaluation of multiple security solutions, the district selected Panda Security for Business for its feature-rich offering, powerful yet simple management controls and overall value for money. Paul Smith, network specialist for Irving School District Technical Services, was particularly impressed by the product’s ability to provide automatic incident reports through the console without any manual intervention, saving a great deal of time and effort. “The last product we used required manual reporting, which was a big hassle,” said Smith. “Panda Security for Business is fully automated and is essentially a ‘set it and forget it’ technology, making it much easier for our department to focus on more pressing IT concerns across the 22,000 computers on the network.”

The education industry has long benefited from Panda Security for Business, one of the company’s most mature and proven solutions for safeguarding gateways, endpoints and email with minimal management effort. School districts with multiple institutions on a single network require a solution that provides integrated protection that can be easily maintained by a small IT staff. Irving Independent School District’s network of 22,000 computers, spread over five high schools, seven middle schools, 20 elementary schools and three early childhood schools, is a challenging environment for any security solution. With this many PCs on one network to monitor and protect, the district needed a centrally-managed, policy-driven solution that would provide robust protection across all of its computers while remaining unobtrusive to students and teachers.

Because the network supports an entire school district with multiple locations, it was essential that the security solution be compatible with existing applications and network topology. School districts rely extensively on specialist software that is not always on software vendors’ compatibility testing lists. According to Smith, “Panda Security for Business has not caused a single application conflict on our network in the two years it has been in place.”

Smith also appreciates that end users cannot access any of the security settings, particularly important in an educational environment where experimentation is encouraged. “Our administrators have full control over the security settings, so we can rest assured that our students and staff are fully protected at all times,” he said.

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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 56 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain.

Panda Security collaborates with Special Olympics, WWF and Invest for Children as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

For more information, visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/.

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