Issue 11: February 2017
Vendor Partner Spotlight

Palo Alto Networks Security Platform Gets Major Makeover

Vendor announces what it says is its largest update ever.

Palo Alto Networks has announced updates to its next-generation security platform that it says represents its biggest product and feature release ever.

The updates to the Pan-OS 8.0 platform include over 70 features around cloud and SaaS, threat prevention, credential theft prevention and new hardware and virtual firewalls.

"We are building upon the existing capabilities of our natively engineered cyber security platform to provide organizations with the ability to safely enable applications, content and users regardless of location, prevent successful cyber-attacks, simplify security operations and safely embrace the cloud," Frank Mong, SVP of product, industry and solutions marketing at Palo Alto Networks, wrote in a blog post.

On the cloud front, the vendor announced enhanced security for public and private clouds, such as updated workflow automation and integration with native cloud services for security in all clouds, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. It also announced new capabilities around SaaS app security, such as an interactive dashboard and new automated features, and three new additions to its VM-Series virtual firewalls.

Credential and theft-prevention updates tackle threats, such as phishing sites, by employing tactics like policy-based, multi-factor authentication built into the platform's next-generation firewall.

Threat prevention updates include measures against sandbox evasion, integration of threat of intelligence and other features, Palo Alto Networks said.

In terms of hardware, the Santa Clara, CA-based vendor also unveiled the PA-5200 Series and PA-800 Series hardware series and the PA-220.

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