Panda Security Africa, BDO form strategic partnership to mitigate cyber risk

Johannesburg, 08 May 2018
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Leading global cyber security firm Panda Security Africa and audit, advisory and tax firm, BDO South Africa, have formed a strategic cyber alliance to enable BDO to offer a managed security service to their clients, using Panda's next-generation EDR solution.

Predictions for 2018 indicate that cyber criminal activity shows no signs of slowing down and organisations need to constantly review their cyber security strategies to reflect the advanced threats of today. Traditional protection models are no match for sophisticated threats such as ransomware, exploits, script-based and other malware-less attacks. Adopting next-generation EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) technology into a holistic cyber security strategy is where the solution lies.

BDO Advisory's Director of IT Audit and Cyber Laboratory, Graham Croock, says the company chose to partner with Panda Security Africa as BDO is committed to the provision of world-class services to clients using best-of-breed technology. This strategy is supported by the BDO Global Cyber Leadership Group (GCLG), headed up by Greg Garret in the USA.

Graham Croock confirms that as cyber security is a global concern, it is imperative that global security service and product offerings are utilised. Given that BDO and Panda are both global players, the fit is perfect. The solution will also facilitate the ingesting of data by the BDO Security Operation Centre (SOC) operations in Israel and Norway, which will contribute additional value to the services provided through collaboration.

Traditional endpoint protection is only effective in protecting against known malware. It is not capable of dealing with attacks where exploits, file-less malware and other advanced technologies are used. A solution such as Panda's Adaptive Defence closes the detection gap and hardens protection to effectively stop ransomware, APTs and other sophisticated attack types. Adaptive Defence is an EDR class technology with a differentiated approach involving the monitoring and classification of all running processes to deliver a 100% attestation service that ensures only trusted applications can execute.

"We are very proud that the industry considers Panda Security as a visionary in advanced protection technologies for the endpoint. This affirms the cyber security model introduced by Panda. We became the only manufacturer to offer advanced protection based on the complete visibility of endpoint activity, together with classification services for all running processes and threat hunting. This is a significant innovation and an added value for our technology, our customers and our partners such as BDO, with whom we share the common goal of offering our customers the best services," says Juan Santamar'ia, CEO of Panda Security.

Adaptive Defence gathers up to 10 000 data points for each executable. Using big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence, the service classifies goodware, malware or unknown processes, in real-time. Action is automatically taken against malware and unknown processes, blocking them and preventing potential attacks from executing. Manual classification by PandaLabs analysts is done for the 0.015% of programmes that cannot be handled automatically, thus ensuring a complete attestation service. In addition to proactive protection, Adaptive Defence provides unparalleled visibility of endpoint processes for various use cases, including audit, forensics and IT operations.

"This partnership between Panda Security and BDO will be important in protecting digital infrastructures and corporate networks in key industries in southern Africa," says Jeremy Matthews, Regional Manager of Panda Security Africa. "We are pleased to be a part of this initiative, adding value to BDO's risk consulting and management service with Panda's intelligent endpoint security technology and services," continues Matthews.

Panda Security Africa Regional Manager Jeremy Matthews will speak at the ITWeb Security Summit this month, sharing his insights into how you can close the detection gap, harden protection and effectively root out advanced persistent threats with new-generation endpoint technology.

The ITWeb Security Summit is southern Africa's definitive conference and expo for information security, IT and business professionals. This year, over 70 expert speakers will deliver key insights across seven tracks, including workshops and training courses, during the expanded five-day event. The ITWeb Security Summit will be staged at Vodacom World, Midrand, from 22-23 May 2018; and CTICC Cape Town on 29 May 2018. Focused and interactive workshops as well as in-depth training courses will be run in the days around the main conference and exhibition.

ITWeb Security Summit 2018

Registration is open for the ITWeb Security Summit 2018, being held in Johannesburg on 22 and 23 May and in Cape Town on 28 and 29 May. This is the must-attend annual event for information security professionals, featuring international speakers, workshops, as well as a beginner's guide to cyber security. Click here.

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