Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Palo Alto Networks Adds Cloud Security Features

The latest version of Palo Alto Networks' PAN-OS adds important breach prevention capabilities of the platform and addresses the security needs of businesses working with cloud-based environments and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.

Specifically, PAN-OS 7.1, extends the breach prevention capabilities of the security platform to all major clouds and provides visibility, control, and threat prevention designed to protect customer data regardless of where it resides. Additionally, among the new features are certificate and two-factor authentication advancements that help protect user credentials or neutralize them if they are stolen.
Some key features:
  • Secure Any Cloud – By adding Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V support for the Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and by enhancing VM-Series auto-scaling support in AWS, organizations can achieve a scalable security architecture that enables consistent prevention measures to be deployed from the network, to the public and private cloud, and to the remote user. 
  • Embrace SaaS – With the release of PAN-OS 7.1 and the newest update to Aperture, Palo Alto Networks adds to its extensive SaaS application capabilities to safely enable Office 365 deployments. 
  • Accelerate Preventative Action With Threat Intelligence – With new capabilities supported in the WildFire threat prevention and AutoFocus threat intelligence services, and PAN-OS, organizations can discover zero-day malware targeting the Mac OS X platform and prevent attacks with the global WildFire feed, now published every five minutes. PAN-OS 7.1 now fully supports Mac OS X signatures and the ability to send Mac OS X files to the cloud. AutoFocus now can add context to every attack and make threat intelligence actionable across the organization.
  • Prevent Breaches With Secure User Credentials – By streamlining the user experience associated with two-factor authentication in GlobalProtect mobile security, organizations can neutralize stolen user credentials. Additionally, enhancements to WildFire and PAN-DB help prevent identity theft from happening in the first place by stopping known and unknown attacks and preventing phishing attempts.

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