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Palo Alto, VMware team up against mobile threats

Palo Alto solutions to be integrated with VMware's AirWatch platform

Palo Alto, VMware team up against mobile threats
Palo Alto said that mobility was giving rise to new security challenges

Palo Alto Networks and VMware have announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to address mobile security needs.

Under the new agreement, Palo Alto's Next-Generation Firewall, WildFire and GlobalProtect technologies will be coupled with VMware's AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management platform. The two companies said that the move would help customers enforce security policy to protect networks from unauthorised or infected devices

The idea is to provide customers with a combination of mobile device management (MDM) and advanced threat prevention for secure enterprise BYOD support.

"Mobile computing is transforming the ways organisations do business. Users in the Middle East region no longer stop working once they leave the office, and they need secure access to business information at any time, from anywhere, and from any device," said Saeed Agha, general manager for the Middle East at Palo Alto.

"This introduces new security challenges for organisations by exposing them to new risk vectors and creating a need to protect business information and applications accessed via employee-owned devices, while also respecting the privacy of personal information and traffic".

The 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 action for security and containment, such as creating an application blacklist.

Meanwhile, Palo Alto's GlobalProtect Host Information Profile (HIP), creates a direct tie between information about the mobile device, its configuration and what data and applications the device can access.

Finally, GlobalProtect provides a secure connection between AirWatch-managed mobile devices and the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall at the device or application level, utilising per-app VPN.

"In a world of rising mobile threats Palo Alto Networks and VMware are building upon the comprehensive AirWatch mobility platform to provide another layer of security, automation and ease of management for customers around the globe," said Noah Wasmar, vice president of end-user computing at VMware.

The GlobalProtectiOS VPN app deployed by AirWatch is available today. Additional integration components have targeted availability in the second half of 2015, Palo Alto said.

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