Prevx has the only thin-client cloud based anti-malware solution
Firstly, let's define the characteristics of a thin-client, cloud based anti-malware solution. We believe that Prevx 3.0 is a good example. The client or security agent is a tiny 800Kilobyte download. It provides a full range of anti-malware protection including powerful rootkit and 'early life' malware detection and remediation. It has no locally stored signatures. It has no discernible impact on system performance. It has class leading low levels of system resource utilization and a minute footprint. It feeds and feeds off the World's largest online threat database. It is always up to date. It can scan a system in much less than five minutes.
Compared to Prevx 3.0, Panda's Cloud Antivirus isn't even close
Let me now explain why I believe that Panda's Cloud Antivirus doesn't shape up. Well firstly, it is an 18Mb download, which Panda obviously thinks is impressive. It is actually 22.5 times bigger than the Prevx 3.0 agent. It isn't even that much smaller than some of the full blown conventional AV packages from vendors like AVG, Symantec, McAfee or Kaspersky. We tested the agent yesterday and were left totally underwhelmed. It missed a common place TDS rootkit completely and took more than 1.5 HOURS to scan one of our office PCs running Vista and using a 45Mbp/sec dedicated internet pipe. About 30 times longer than Prevx 3.0 took to scan the same PC, find and remove the TDS rootkit.
Panda is only 3 years late to lay claim to being the first with a cloud based AV
I wouldn't mind Panda trying to lay claim to being the first to market with a cloud based AV but they are actually three years too late to make that claim. I wouldn't mind that quite so much, if I hadn't demonstrated our Prevx 1 and Prevx 2 solutions (also cloud based like Prevx 3.0), to their Chief Technology Officer, 3 years ago in Panda's head quarters in Bilbao. With that in mind, such a claim was knowingly false when they made their announcement this week. But I suppose, it comes from a market sector that has got used to overhyping security solutions, for years. You know, alongside the product names like Total Protection, and 'all you ever need security for online banking' etc. Which are similarly bogus claims. But in Panda's case I find their claims simply rude and offensive given our previous dealings!
We don't even claim Prevx 3.0 is a silver bullet, but Panda's Cloud Antivirus only fires rubber bullets
OK, I can hear the protestations now. But it's only in Beta. Maybe the 18MByte download still has debug code in it and it will eventually shed 90% of its bloat before it goes live. But A SILVER BULLET!! Hardly, we wouldn't even claim that for Prevx 3.0. Panda's Cloud Anitivirus may claim to being a Silver Plated Rubber Bullet. You know like the socks described as Cotton Rich that leave your feet aching after 5 days standing at RSA 2009 and 3 days this week at InfoSec.
Panda, we used to sing your praises, and we know you can do better
Having played with Panda's Cloud Antivirus beta for a few hours I believe it is so far off the mark it will need a complete redesign and redevelopment to even come close to the mark. I'd also recommend downplaying the marketing hype as it only leads to greater disappointment for your users. Maybe you could position Panda Cloud Antivirus as an in-house proof-of-concept, or better still, a prototype!