It’s all about cloud at the moment, and security is no exception. In the last few years, cloud computing has grown from being a promising business concept to one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry. Now, recession-hit companies are increasingly realising that simply by tapping into the cloud they can gain fast access to best-of-breed business applications or drastically boost their infrastructure resources, all at negligible cost.

Panda Security has launched a new version of its cloud security solution. Sold as a software-as-a-service package, the update includes new features designed to simplify management and make the solution more efficient, both for corporate end-users and for channel partners and service providers, claims Panda Security.

Panda Cloud Office Protection v5.05 comprises three parts: Panda Cloud Office Protection for protecting PCs and servers; Panda Cloud Email Protection for corporate e-mail; Panda Cloud Internet Protection for Web traffic. Admins will now have single sign-on access to all three solutions through a console with complete security information about their entire company network.

Also new is an inventory function to identify systems not administered or protected by the solution, sending a warning to administrators so they can protect their network against any type of attack. More new features and improvements include password-protected uninstallation to prevent end users from removing the protection, as well as a claimed reduction in bandwidth usage.

Profile configurations no longer have to be created from scratch, as it is now possible to copy and edit existing profiles with a “single click”. Risk management has also been reinforced, through the option to run specific on-demand scans on high-risk folders and files.