Panda Security

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Panda Security SL
Industry Computer software
Founded 1990
Headquarters Bilbao and Madrid, Spain
Products Antivirus, firewall
Spam and spyware detection
Security and management tools

Panda Security is a Spanish company that specializes in creating products for IT security. It started with antivirus software, and now also provides develops cybersecurity sorftware. This includes security products and services for both businesses and home users, and protection tools for systems, networks, emails, and other private information.


In 2005, Panda Security was the fourth largest antivirus vendor worldwide, with 3.2% of the marketplace.[1] In November 2015 OPSWAT measured Panda Security's market share to be 3.6%.[2] The company, whose shares were previously 100% held by Urizarbarrena, announced on 24 April 2007 the sale of 75% of its shares to Southern European investment group Investindustrial and private equity firm Gala Capital.[3] On 30 July 2007 the company changed its name from Panda Software to Panda Security and Urizarbarrena was replaced by Jorge Dinares. Almost one year later, on 3 June 2008, amidst flagging sales, the board of directors voted to remove Dinares and replace him with Juan Santana, the CEO.[4][5] Santana resigned in September 2011 and was replaced by José Sancho as acting CEO.[6]

Panda Security is rated in Jan 2018 by Gartner analysts as a Endpoint Protection Visionary.[7] Technological milestones include its launch of security systems, such as the SaaS concept (Security as a Service) or antivirus solutions that provide protection from the cloud (cloud computing) and are based on what Panda calls Collective Intelligence, a security model Panda introduced on the market in 2007.[8]

According to its CEO, the main benefit this security model provides is that it allows automatic scanning of threats instead of the manual scans carried out by other companies,[9].

The firm has subsidiaries in the US, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, UK, Sweden, Finland, Spain, and Japan.[citation needed] Additionally, it has franchises in another 44 countries. The US subsidiary has had five management turnovers since 2007[10] before moving its headquarters to Orlando, Florida in 2009,[11]

In late 2009, Panda Security created a partnership with Web of Trust to help fight against the war of viruses.[12]

Panda was previously embroiled in a lawsuit with one of its channel partners, External Technologies, Inc. In 2013, Panda prevailed in its lawsuit against External Technologies, recovering a judgment in excess of $100,000 and prevailing on all claims asserted by External against Panda.[13] On 3 August 2010, a new office location in Menlo Park, California was publicly announced by Panda's CEO via his Twitter account.[14]

In 2012, Panda Security was the tenth largest antivirus vendor worldwide, with 2.0% of the marketplace.[15]

Panda Security's competitors in the antivirus industry include Symantec Corp, Kaspersky, F-Secure Corporation, McAfee Inc., and Trend Micro Inc., among others.

In 2015, Panda Security obtained the best rate protection in the Real World Protection Test by AV-Comparatives.[16] In 2018, Panda antivirus received their Gold award fr ratives.[17] for the Whole Product Dynamic “Real-World” Protection Test.

Panda Security was named Company of the Year 2016 by leading Spanish newspaper el Suplemento for innovative work, growth outreach and history.[18]



Malware statistics March 16, 2011 (Panda Security)

TruPrevent, which was introduced in 2003, is a set of technologies developed by Panda Security for proactive protection in home and corporate computers, as opposed to traditional antivirus products, which provide reactive protection. It offers generic protection against many of the techniques used by new malware, with policies and rules that are developed based on the new vulnerabilities that appear daily.

Due to the vast amount of new malware that appears every day (in 2007 PandaLabs detected an average of 3,000 new samples[clarification needed] a day,[19] which had risen to 35,000 in 2009), Panda Security developed a protection system to automatically detect, scan and classify malware in real time. This security model presented in 2007 was called “Collective Intelligence” and is the basis of its products that offer security from the cloud.

This technology is implemented in its 2009 and 2010 antivirus products for home users and in the new Panda Cloud Antivirus, which the company has classified as the first antivirus in history that provides protection from the cloud[20]

These antivirus products only include the information about malware samples that cause most infections at any given moment, while the rest of the information is stored in Panda’s knowledge base. The antivirus connects to this knowledge base whenever necessary. This system is designed to offer real-time protection against thousands of new malware samples, use the community knowledge base to offer further protection and not to consume computer resources.[21]

Adaptive Defense

Panda Adaptive Defense is the first Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) security solution to achieve the EAL2+ security certification under the Common Criteria standard, published in the BOE (Official State Bulletin) for May 2018. The Common Criteria EAL2+ is a minimum requirement for many Government departments and specific industries (finance, healthcare, communications etc), for endpoint protection technology recognised by the governments of 28 countries across the globe.[22]

The Spanish National Cryptologic Center has awarded Panda Adaptive Defense the “Qualified IT Security Product” stamp under the ENS (National Security Framework) in May 2018.[23]

Panda Security's Adaptive Defense won best Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Solution award Computing Magazines Security Excellence Awards 2016.[24]

See also


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  2. ^ "Anti-malware Vendor and Encryption Product Market Share Report". OPSWAT. 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  3. ^ "All about Family safety, Malware and Internet Security | Panda Media Center". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Antivirus for Windows, Mac and Android". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  5. ^ "All about Family safety, Malware and Internet Security | Panda Media Center". Archived from the original on 22 February 2011. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Panda Security axes jobs, gets new chief exec". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms Jan 2018". 
  8. ^ "Collective Intelligence | Protection against viruses with a minimal impact on your PC | Cloud Security | Panda Technology". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
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  10. ^ "Panda Security". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  11. ^ Retrieved 2010-09-16.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  12. ^ "Panda Security and Against Intuition partner to offer WOT, the community-based safe surfing tool | WOT (Web of Trust)". 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2016-10-28. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "External Technologies, Inc. v. Panda Distribution, Inc. d/b/a Panda Security USA et al.". 
  14. ^ "Juan Santana on Twitter: First day in the new Menlo Park office of Panda Security. It is going to be fun down here :-)". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  15. ^ "Antivirus Market Share Report Q4 2012". OPSWAT. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Panda Security detects and blocks 99.9% of threats! - MediaCenter Panda Security". MediaCenter Panda Security. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  17. ^ "AV-Comparatives 2017 Summary Report" (PDF). AV-Comparatives. Retrieved 2018-02-06. 
  18. ^ "Premiados Gala de Premios El Suplemento 2016". 15 September 2016. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
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  20. ^ "All about Family safety, Malware and Internet Security | Panda Media Center". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  21. ^ "Panda Cloud Antivirus In Black and White". YouTube. 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
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  24. ^ "Computing Security Excellence Awards 2016: and the winners are..." 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 

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