Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Palo Alto Networks and VMware AirWatch Target Mobile Security

Palo Alto Networks and VMware are extending their strategic partnership by integrating 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 partnership bring together Palo Alto Networks' Next-Generation Firewall, WildFire and GlobalProtect technologies with the AirWatch by VMware Enterprise Mobility Management platform.  The solution helps customers enforce security policy to protect networks from unauthorized or infected devices, provides the appropriate level of access to apps and data for mobile users, and enables mobile devices to be properly configured for business use and connection to a global threat intelligence service.

Detailed capabilities include:

  • Malware Detection:  Palo Alto Networks WildFire security subscription service identifies known and previously unknown mobile malware. By integrating the intelligence provided by WildFire, users can identify infected applications and take immediate and automated action for security and containment, such as creating an application blacklist. 
  • Network Protection:  Organizations need to make sure only approved devices are used with sensitive applications and networks; this is accomplished with Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect Host Information Profile (HIP), a direct tie between information about the mobile device, its configuration and what data and applications the device can access. 
  • VPN and Network Security:  Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect provides a secure connection between AirWatch managed mobile devices and the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall at the device or application level utilizing per-app VPN. This allows consistent inspection of traffic and enforcement of network security policy for threat prevention, wherever the user goes.

The Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect iOS VPN app deployed by AirWatch is now available.

  • In 2014, Palo Alto Networks and VMware announced a software-defined data center reseller agreement and network security and network virtualization solutions.