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Palo Alto Networks makes new announcements

Zafar Anjum | April 2, 2015
Expands partnership with VMware to address Mobile Security needs; Unveils AutoFocus Cyber Threat Intelligence Service

Lee Klarich

Lee Klarich, senior vice president of Product Management, Palo Alto Networks (picture courtesy Palo Alto Networks)

Fast-growing security solutions provider Palo Alto Networks and the virtualization and cloud infrastructure provider VMware have expanded their strategic partnership to address changing mobile security needs.

According to Palo Alto Networks, Mobile computing introduces new security challenges for organizations by exposing them to new risk vectors and creating a need to protect business information and applications accessed via employee-owned devices, while also respecting the privacy of personal information and traffic. To address these challenges, Palo Alto Networks and VMware will integrate their enterprise security and mobile management technologies to give organizations a rich and unique combination of mobile device management (MDM) with advanced threat prevention for secure enterprise BYOD support, the company announced this on 31 March in its annual user conference in the USA.

"Employees love the flexibility that using their mobile devices for business provides them, but IT teams often struggle to enforce security policies without compromising usability. Integrating our Next-Generation Firewall, WildFire and GlobalProtect technologies with the AirWatch platform addresses the concerns of both parties, giving users a positive mobile experience while existing security policies are enforced," said Lee Klarich, senior vice president of Product Management, Palo Alto Networks, making the announcement.

Klarich said the unique Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, WildFire and GlobalProtect technologies, coupled with the AirWatch by VMware Enterprise Mobility Management platform, can help customers enforce security policy to protect networks from unauthorized or infected devices, provide the appropriate level of access to apps and data for mobile users, and enable mobile devices to be properly configured for business use and connection to a global threat intelligence service to identify and eradicate malicious content. Detailed capabilities include Malware Detection (via WildFire security subscription service), Network Protection, and VPN and Network Security.

The Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect iOS VPN app deployed by AirWatch is available today. Additional integration components have targeted availability in the second half of 2015, said the company in a statement.

AutoFocus Cyber Threat Intelligence Service

Palo Alto Networks also announced Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus cyber threat intelligence service, a new offering that provides prioritized, actionable intelligence designed to give customers a clear advantage in the battle against cyber threats.

With the AutoFocus service, security practitioners gain instant access to actionable intelligence derived from billions of file analysis artifacts based on the files collected from of over 5,000 global enterprises, service providers, and government organization routinely targeted by advanced, targeted attacks. By delivering context, such as the origin and uniqueness of a particular threat, or relevance to an organization's industry, the AutoFocus cyber threat intelligence service is able to:

  • Expose the latest threat tactics, techniques, and procedures used by attackers;
  • Attribute attacks to specific adversaries;
  • Identify how specific threats fit into a larger campaign; and
  • Distinguish between commodity malware versus highly customized or targeted malware.


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