Palo Alto Networks: A Global Leader in Cybersecurity

Nikesh Arora, CEO

The unprecedented events of 2020 disrupted businesses, damaged the global economy and shook the cybersecurity industry. Companies across all sectors have experienced a spike in cyberattacks as COVID-19 reshaped the workplace. Throughout the year, hackers deployed various techniques to steal information, and personal data from remote workers hit hospitals with ransomware and targeted the developers of COVID-19 vaccines. As organizations secured their remote workforces, most needed to rethink their existing policies, system controls, and risk management functions. The rapid shift to remote working increased most organizations’ attack surface, exposing them to more vulnerabilities. This period also accelerated many trends, such as digitalization and migration to the cloud.

The growing importance of cloud-native security and security analytics have pushed organizations worldwide to search for partners who can help them combat and ride out the changing tides of digital transformation. California-based Palo Alto Networks is one such global cybersecurity leader that continually delivers innovation to enable secure digital transformation—even as the pace of change is accelerating. By providing a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, Palo Alto Networks is at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices.

Cloud-Native Security to Complement Digital Transformation

The cloud allows businesses and governments to adjust workloads as needed and makes it easier to add new features such as analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Combined, these features make organizations more resilient. Working in the cloud ensures that security patches are immediately installed, a common failing in traditional systems. To reinforce cloud security, Palo Alto provides Prisma Cloud to secure hybrid and multi-cloud environments for companies across the globe.

PrismaCloud secures infrastructure, applications, data, and entitlements across the world’s largest clouds, all from a single unified solution. With a combination of cloud service provider APIs and a unified agent framework, users gain unmatched visibility and protection. To create a uniform and streamlined user experience, customers can leverage a single dashboard for public and private cloud security to ensure all groups in their organization have visibility and access to vital data, alerts, and reports.

The organization’s mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice for any firm, and to protect their digital way of life

Prisma Cloud delivers a single, unified agent framework to secure Linux and Windows hosts, containers and Kubernetes, on-demand container platforms, and serverless functions. The solution is designed to integrate and operate under any cloud architecture including, but not limited to, Azure, AWS Fargate, and Google Cloud Run.

Prisma Cloud integrates capabilities from the world’s most innovative security startups and delivers them on an enhanced platform to provide market-leading functionality across all of Palo Alto’s individual modules. From container security to threat detection to web application and API security, security teams benefit from best-in-class protection.

Next-Generation Firewalls and Data Protection

With threat actors modernizing their attack forms using sophisticated, advanced technology, it becomes imperative to stay a step ahead always and safeguard sensitive data. As a solution, Palo Alto suggests reducing manual tasks and enhancing security posture with the company’s self-updating security platform. Also, it augments global threat intelligence to automatically counter-attacks in real-time.

The company’s next-gen VM Series virtual firewalls helps clients to find cloud and SDN security flexibly. This lets users flexibly scale their applications and data to secure deployments such as public clouds, private clouds, and SDN environments, making processes more agile.

Physical firewalls, on the other hand, deliver consistent protection across the entire organizational network, including headquarters, office campuses, mobile and remote workforces, branch offices, and data centers. To that end, the Palo Alto robust PA-Series Hardware NGFWs are typically designed for simplicity, automation, and integration.

Palo Alto’s CN-Series Containerized NGFWs secure Kubernetes environments and protect inbound, outbound, and east-west traffic between container trust zones and other workload types without slowing the speed of development. It further prevents sophisticated network-based threats from spreading across Kubernetes namespace boundaries.

Panorama, Palo Alto’s yet another stellar deliverable offers easy-to-implement, centralized management features that provide insight into network-wide traffic and simplifies configurations. It streamlines security deployments by going through the colossal volumes of data generated by multiple sources. Also, Panorama network security management empowers clients with easy-to-implement, consolidated policy creation and centralized management features and provides insight into network-wide traffic and threats.
Rounding off its network security suite are the products PA-7000 and PA-5450 that protects data center at full-speed and imparts unprecedented security for every high-performance use case respectively. Power, intelligence, simplicity, and versatility are some of the key factors offered by these solutions in addition to scalable modular design for enterprise and service provider deployments.

Endpoint Security Powered by Machine Learning

Palo Alto Networks recently announced that it has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Security Software as a Service, Q2 2021 report.

"Palo Alto robust PA-Series Hardware NGFWs are typically designed for simplicity, automation, and integration"

According to the Forrester report, “Palo Alto Networks is the most comprehensive [vendor] in this study, offering threat prevention, detection, and access controls spanning endpoint, IoT, network, and cloud apps...Palo Alto Networks is an easy shortlist addition for enterprise buyers looking to adopt a modern endpoint security solution or a broad XDR strategy with strong threat prevention.” The security solution provider was among the 12 select vendors that Forrester evaluated for its Q2 2021 Endpoint Security Software as a Service report.

"Palo Alto Networks is at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices"

With Palo-Alto’s future-proofed security solutions such as the CORTEX XDR, clients gain industry-best exploit prevention and behavior-based protection to block advanced malware, exploits and fileless attacks. With AI and ML powered solutions, enterprises can pre-emptively block attacks and continuously learn to eliminate new malware with an extremely high accuracy. Cortex XDR serves as a detection and response app that natively integrates network, endpoint and cloud data to stop sophisticated attacks. Cortex XDR accurately detects threats with behavioral analytics and reveals the root cause to speed up investigations. Tight integration with enforcement points accelerates containment, enabling companies to stop attacks before the damage is done.

Equipping clients in various industries with an arsenal of security solutions, Palo Alto is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. The organization’s mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice for any firm, and to protect their digital way of life. Palo Alto strives to address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration.