In The Boardroom With...
Mr. Neville Driver
Business Director, Panda Security Canada
SecurityStockWatch.com: Thank you for joining us today,
Neville. Please tell us about your background and your role at Panda
Neville Driver: Over the course of my career spanning 20 years and 4 countries,
I have led sales, marketing and business development initiatives for companies
such as Hitachi, Agilent and Software Spectrum. I see my current role
as Business Director for Panda Security Canada as a great opportunity
to sustain and build upon the tremendous momentum we are seeing in the
market for Panda Security’s innovative approach to security in a
connected world. I am fortunate to lead our sales, marketing and technical
support teams at Panda Security Canada as we grow at more than twice the
industry average. Not a day goes by at Panda Security Canada without us
helping yet another customer realize that his network, protected by conventional
methods, is infected by malware posing a serious potential risk to his
SecurityStockWatch.com: Please give our audience an overview
of Panda Security solutions.
Neville Driver: Panda Security is one of the world's
leading creators and developers of technologies, products and services
for keeping clients' IT resources free from viruses and other computer
threats. It is currently the 4th largest anti-virus company in the world
in terms of revenue. The company has offices in over 50 countries worldwide.
Panda solutions protect our customers comprehensively from the cloud to
the endpoint. Our proactive protection, TruPrevent behavioral technologies,
Genetic Heuristic Engine and the innovative Collective Intelligence approach
brings a whole new level of automation and exceptional detection capabilities
to our customers.
We offer Retail and Business class solutions and hardware and software
based perimeter protection. And our highly acclaimed Malware Radar audit
capability is now included free with most corporate licenses - another
first from a security vendor. Customers can now leverage the very best
protection without additional investment in hardware, maintenance or personnel
with our Managed Services offerings. We offer a 100% malware free guarantee
on our hosted Trustlayer Mail clean e-mail services, ideal for organizations
with concerns about e-mail borne threats, regulatory compliance and spam.
Our Managed Office Protection Services offer the power of the Collective
Intelligence platform with a built in audit capability for complete in-the-cloud
protection of your corporate network. For our larger customers such as
financial institutions or major internet portals with thousands or millions
of their clients logging into their systems every day, Panda Security
for Internet Transactions offers best in class protection against threats
from those client computers. So,
I would like to say we protect computers and networks of all sizes from
the home user to the largest corporations.
SecurityStockWatch.com: What is your perspective regarding the market
drivers for Panda Security solutions at this time?
Neville Driver: Panda Security solutions have come to the forefront with
an increase in realization that the malware prevalent today can easily
avoid detection by traditional technologies in use by most SMB and corporate
entities these days. Indeed the makers of malware frequently test their
malware against these traditional systems to ensure they can avoid detection.
According to a recent Panda Research study, 72% of medium and large organizations
are infected with active malware that can cause economic and productivity
losses and remain hidden to installed protections. Today’s malware
creators purely strive for financial gain. Further, the quantity of malware
generated has increased exponentially in just this past year. Their sophistication
is evident from the fact that some malware creators are attempting to
patent their malware creations to defend themselves legally against me-too
designs. Unique technologies such as Panda Security’s Collective
Intelligence will detect these threats as it is based on unmatched security
data processing of about 340 million correlations of malware generating
8 terabytes of data each day.
SecurityStockWatch.com: How can Panda’s technology help those who
have traditional malware protection?
Neville Driver: The first step we suggest is to determine
if your network is indeed protected from these threats. The best way to
do this is to audit your network with Panda’s Malware Radar technology.
This functionality is available to companies of all sizes and is completely
free as part of our recently launched “Infected or Not?” global
campaign. IT personnel can visit www.infectedornot.com
and leverage Panda’s industry leading up to the minute detection
technologies to identify malware and vulnerabilities in their corporate
environment. No uninstallation of your current security product is needed
for this purpose. An in-depth report is generated identifying the Malware
found on the network and its location. I would recommend every IT administrator
in Canada to take advantage of this free offer and confirm the integrity
of their currently installed network security set-up. Even home users
can scan their PCs for free by accessing the Home Users link on infectedornot.com.
SecurityStockWatch.com: Are there some particular “wins”
or success stories you’d like to talk about in the enterprise space?
Neville Driver: We come across interesting customer situations every day
but some stand out! For example, a reseller of ours recently deployed
our Trustlayer Mail solution in a customer environment in the Toronto
area. Spam was a huge problem for this customer and the intent was to
reduce Spam while ensuring minimum false positives. A while later, the
customer called in a concern: he suspected his e-mail service had stopped
working- when checked, it was revealed that the e-mail system was working
just fine, but our system was doing a great job stopping all the Spam
thereby creating the impression of an e-mail system that was “down”!
We also protect tens of thousands of computers of a major customer in
Western Canada and thousands of computer systems in universities and government
entities across the country.
SecurityStockWatch.com: In this highly competitive
space, what is Panda Security’s competitive advantage?
Neville Driver: Panda Security’s competitive advantage
is in its understanding of the evolution of security threats, its technology
and its people. Panda Security is focused purely on the business of security,
and we do this extremely well, if I may say so. Our Collective Intelligence
model is rated the highest today in terms of processing capability and
detection rates. Don’t take our word for it, run a scan at Infectedornot.com
and find out how Panda detects malware that has evaded your installed
traditional defenses! And you stand to win $ 1000 if we do not detect
malware or vulnerabilities on your corporate network of 25 or more PCs!
Our periodic detailed audit capabilities that are included in our corporate
level products are a wonderful complement to any company’s security
SecurityStockWatch.com: What resources, such as case
studies and “white papers” are available for end-users at
Neville Driver: Panda Security has case studies, press
releases and white papers on all our products and technologies. They are
available online on popular technology websites, on www.pandasecurity.com,
or may be requested by contacting Panda Security Canada at 905-479-2208
or Toll free at 1-866-887-3957 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
SecurityStockWatch.com: Thanks again for joining us
today, Neville, are there any other subjects you’d like to discuss?
Neville Driver: It’s been a pleasure! Security
against online threats is an area that a number of companies can address
reasonably well but only a few can excel in. It is also a critical part
of your readers’ operations with the potential to cause major disruption
and loss of productivity if not secured correctly. Panda Security has
committed 25% of its revenue toward R&D to ensure we are always well
positioned to lead this fight against malware and help make our digitally
connected world a safer place. I would like to remind you and your readers
to remember to visit www.infectedornot.com
to verify your network’s security. It will be time well spent.