Palo Alto extends security to all major cloud providers

Adds Google Cloud to previously announced support for AWS and Azure environments

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Palo Alto extends security to all major cloud providers  Palo Alto wants to enable customers embrace all of the benefits provided by the cloud while ensuring their critical information is protected, Klarich said.
By  David Ndichu Published  February 8, 2018

Palo Alto has announced new security products that integrate directly with cloud infrastructure and workloads, targeting customers operating in hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

In an upcoming study conducted by ZK Research, 86% of respondents indicated that their organisation stores and manages data across multiple cloud infrastructure providers. Maintaining a consistent and effective security posture in these multi-cloud environments becomes especially cumbersome because the security capabilities that are native to cloud providers can only be configured to protect the infrastructure for which it was developed. These native capabilities must also be supplemented for effective cyber breach prevention, and failure to do so could leave an organisation vulnerable to data loss or exposure.

The cloud evolution demands a new model of cybersecurity that is specifically designed to address its nuances; provide frictionless deployment and management of effective security capabilities; and enable security, operations, networking and development teams to meet the demands of agile organisations.

Lee Klarich, chief product officer, Palo Alto Networks observed that organisations today are challenged by the speed at which the shift to public cloud is occurring. “Driven by the demands of the business, many organisations deploy cloud infrastructure quickly and develop cloud-based applications without consideration for the cybersecurity implications. The (Palo Alto) advancements announced will enable our customers to fully embrace all of the benefits provided by the cloud while ensuring that their critical information is protected and that successful cyberattacks are prevented.”

New announcements

The Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform will extend cloud workload protections to the Google Cloud Platform, in addition to previously announced capabilities for AWS and Azure environments.

Panorama network security management will be supported in all major clouds, offering simpler and centrally managed deployment and management for all Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls and VM-Series virtualised next-generation firewalls, regardless of form factor or location.

Enhanced auto-scaling for AWS and added support for Azure Security Centre and Google Cloud Deployment Manager will simplify security deployments and enable scaling based on changing cloud demands. Integrations with Terraform and Ansible will automate workflows and policy management.

 New protections will be provided by Aperture security service to enable discovery and monitoring of cloud resources, guard against sensitive data loss, enable monitoring for risky or suspicious administrator behaviour, and provide additional protection against security misconfigurations and malware propagation.

Traps advanced endpoint protection will prevent zero-day attacks for Linux workloads across all major clouds, in addition to the existing support of Windows workloads.

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