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Palo Alto Networks improves security to tackle advanced threats

Enhancements to enterprise security platform and WildFire service to address zero-day and other threats

Palo Alto Networks improves security to tackle advanced threats
The improvements to Palo Alto Network's security platform are intended to help companies address advanced security threats.

Palo Alto Networks has announced a number of enhancements to its enterprise security platform, which are intended to increase its advanced threat detection and prevention capabilities.

The improvements, which are intended to help organisations to tackle increasingly complex security threats, include enhancements to the Palo Alto Networks WildFire service, which enables quick discovery and elimination of previously unknown malware, zero-day exploits, and advanced persistent threats (APTs). The enhancements include better capabilities to detect unknown threats, automated blocking to reduce human intervention, and better information and visibility to tackle threats that do penetrate defences.

Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform takes a highly automated and scalable "closed loop" approach, which begins with positive security controls to reduce the attack surface; inspects all traffic, ports, and protocols to block all known threats; rapidly detects unknown threats; then, automatically employs new protections back to the front line to ensure previously unknown threats are known to all and blocked.

The platform includes Palo Alto's next-generation firewall as the core enforcement vehicle within the network, and is extended by the advanced detection and analysis capabilities delivered by the WildFire service, which is now used by more than 2,400 customers worldwide.

Other upgrades include extended file visibility, so that all common file types including operating system and application files can now be examined; zero-day exploit detection; discovery of malicious domains to block the command and control phase of an advance attack from a known compromised domain; and a single pane view of all incident response data to make it easier for security administrators to tackle threats.

"Quickly detecting and eliminating previously unknown threats across all applications is key to protecting an organization from today's advanced threats; only Palo Alto Networks offers its customers the closed loop capabilities to most efficiently and effectively stop sophisticated threats," said Lee Klarich, senior vice president of product management, Palo Alto Networks.

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