What is the 'cloud'?
Cloud computing is a technology that allows services to be offered across the Internet. To this effect, the term 'the cloud' is used as a metaphor for the Internet in IT circles. Panda Security for Desktops and Panda Security for File Servers are served from the cloud, connecting to Collective Intelligence servers to protect your computer at all times, increasing the detection capacity and not interfering with the performance of the computer.
What is Collective Intelligence?
Collective Intelligence is a security platform created by Panda Security, offering high-level protection in real time, exponentially increasing the detection capacity of Panda Security for Desktops and Panda Security for File Servers.
How did detection work before Collective Intelligence?
Previously, laboratories received malware samples (new viruses, worms or Trojans) and technicians manually analyzed them before creating the corresponding vaccine. Once published across the Internet, users could download the vaccine to their signature files in order to ensure protection against the new threat.
This model ceased to become useful once Panda Security laboratories went from receiving 100 samples a day to 50,000. This would require a whole army of technicians working against the clock to analyze all the new examples of malware received.
How does detection with Collective Intelligence work?
Collective Intelligence consists of servers that automatically classify and process all the information that the user community provides about detections that occurred on their computers. Panda Security for Desktops and Panda Security for File Servers query the collective intelligence when needed, getting to maximize its ability to target and without adversely affecting the consumption of computer resources.
When new malware is detected on the computer of a member of the community of users, Panda Security for Desktops and Panda Security for File Servers are in charge of sending the necessary information to the Collective Intelligence servers hosted in the cloud, fully automatically and anonymously. The information is processed by the servers, delivering the solution not only to the affected user but also to all other users in the community in real time. Hence the name Collective Intelligence.
Undoubtedly, in the current context of constant malware growth, Collective Intelligence, that is, the services hosted and served from the cloud, complements traditional updates in order to successfully and proactively face the huge amount of threats which are currently present.