Palo Alto Networks, the enterprise security solutions source, has pronounced a powerful next-generation firewall, entitled the PA-7050. Buttressed with firewall functions, such as full application enablement, IPS, AV and WildFire active on all traffic, the PA-7050 provides consistent performance at high speeds. This facilitates organisations to apply firewall security throughout their networks – from the edge of the enterprise to the datacentre – and makes sure security does not become a barrier in achieving high network performance.
The amount of data travelling across enterprise networks persists to grow at a rapid rate, and enterprises need to confirm that data moves as quickly as possible in order to maintain business productivity. This challenge is compounded by the need to apply next-generation security throughout the network to shield against sophisticated cyber-attacks. These attacks can hide in plain sight, using common applications to penetrate exterior defences, and once inside a network, act like day-to-day traffic while stealing targeted data via applications that reads in the order as FTP, followed by webmail or for that matter, veiled within SSL.
Nir Zuk, Founder and CTO, Palo Alto Networks. Source- Reuters
Common port-based firewalls, plus simple signature-based protection mechanisms masked as next-generation firewalls cannot safely enable applications; they only block them, and further cannot deliver adequate performance with these security features enabled. The consequence- many organisations limit application of tight security controls, leaving their organisations at risk. Palo Alto Networks addresses this challenge with the PA-7050, a firewall that is designed from the ground up to deliver performance consistency with next-generation security controls enabled.
“The PA-7050 allows security teams to achieve two seemingly conflicting goals. First, it provides state-of-the-art security at the application level and applies scans for attacks, malware, and exploits. Second, because it has a unique single-pass architecture designed to optimise performance, the PA-7050 can provide all of this security capability at speeds much greater than alternatives in the market; this ensures business processes run smoothly and securely for our customers,” held Lee Klarich, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Palo Alto Networks.
Palo Alto Networks has been in the news lately for various partnerships with established players like VMware to familiarize novel solutions and intent to take over Israeli start-up Cyvera – a cyber-security company developing solutions to protect against Zero-Day attacks, with a rumoured purchase price standing at $150 million. Palo Alto Networks also has an ongoing patent infringement lawsuit against Juniper Networks – the outcome of which may tilt in Palo Alto’s favour.