Secure the enterprise, secure the cloud, secure the future

    Today’s networks have become increasingly vulnerable due to fundamental shifts in the application landscape, user behaviour, cyber security dynamics, and infrastructure. Moreover, SaaS, Web 2.0, social media, and cloud-based applications have become ubiquitous, and mobile devices, cloud, and virtualisation are fundamentally changing the network architecture.

    In addition, the complexity of modern cyber attacks and advanced hacking techniques, are forcing enterprises to look beyond firewalls to improve their security, because today’s Web-based malware and intrusion attempts slip through perimeter guards to exploit applications.

    Individuals remain prone to malicious emails or phishing schemes, as these pages are designed to defy all but the closest scrutiny, which is enabling threats executed over the network, to remain undetected.

    Yesterday’s firewalls simply followed web protocols and lacked the intelligence to inspect network-packet data and pinpoint genuine business applications, forcing them accept or reject all traffic. More intelligent and robust security that had better rules for controlling Web site and application usage within a network, was needed, which led to the birth of next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) with advanced capabilities that offer deeper inspection capabilities and improved control.

    In the past, legacy firewall rules also left dangerous security gaps, driving a need to replace these rules with intuitive policies that provide better security and are easier to manage, removing the complexity associated with managing scores of rules reduces human error, which is a leading cause of data breaches.

    With this in mind Palo Alto’s next generation firewall features continuous integrated security innovations that instantly find and stop attacks, and eliminates disconnected point-products through its fully automated platform.

    The firewall also enables applications, irrespective of port, protocol, evasive tactic, or SSL encryption, and scans content to stop targeted threats and prevent any data leakage. This allows businesses to safely enable the use of applications, maintain complete visibility and control, and significantly reduce their total cost of ownership through network security simplification.

    Palo Alto also offers cloud security. Its Next-Generation Security Platform was designed to operate in environments that grow increasingly mobile and distributed, and was built from the ground up to prevent breaches, with threat information shared across all security functions system-wide. These solutions also effectively predict, prevent, detect, and automatically respond to security and compliance risks without creating friction for users, developers, and administrators.

    Finally, the company offers Cortex, the industry's only open and integrated, AI-based continuous security platform. Described as a significant evolution of the application framework Cortex was designed to simplify security operations and considerably improve outcomes. Is is deployed on a global, scalable public cloud platform, and allows security operations teams to speed the analysis of massive data sets. Cortex is enabled by the Cortex Data Lake, where customers can securely and privately store and analyse large amounts of data that is normalised for advanced AI and machine learning to find threats and orchestrate responses quickly.

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