All of these applications carry some level of potential risk to the business, such as:
Legacy security infrastructure: legacy firewalls are no longer an effective security solution to manage the risks of today's Internet & Web Services applications in the enterprise
Increased liabilities: Regulatory and internal policy compliance, data leakage
Increased costs: Increased bandwidth consumption, added IT operational expenses
Increased threats: Thanks to the explosive popularity of Web 2.0, thousands of Web-based business and consumer apps and attacks are launched primarily through the application layer
Mobility: Little or no security for monitoring and controlling user activity on mobile devices
Palo Alto Networks is Updating the Corporate Firewall to Handle Modern Web Services Like Social Networks, Skype, Google Docs and More
These applications are often designed to evade detection by traditional firewalls and security devices, resulting in the inability to identify or control them, thus comprising the security of the network. Large-scale application and Web 2.0 based attacks and a swelling raft of regulations are compelling organizations to adopt a new defense: Application Layer Security that extends visibility and control over applications, users and content.
It's Time to Fix the Firewall
Most firewalls provide little information about what they're seeing. Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Application Firewall solutions allow companies to identify and securely enable the applications across perimeter, networks and datacenter environments – including securely leverage cloud and web 2.0 and cloud-based applications, gaining efficiencies through unprecedented visibility and granular policy control of applications and content at up to 10Gbps with no performance degradation.
WildFire™: Modern Malware Protection for Enterprises
Using the combined power of Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls and a cloud-based service. The Palo Alto Networks WildFire engine exposes targeted and unknown malware through direct observation in a virtual environment, while the next-generation firewall ensures full visibility and control of all traffic including tunneled, evasive, encrypted and even unknown traffic.
Delivered as a purpose-built appliance, every Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall utilizes dedicated, function specific processing that is tightly integrated with a single-pass software engine. This unique combination of hardware and software maximizes network throughput while minimizing latency. Each of the hardware platforms supports the same rich set of next-generation firewall features ensuring consistent operation across the entire line.
Why Palo Alto Networks Matters to You
The channel is a strategic part of Palo Alto Network’s strategy and they are committed to providing reseller partners with the tools, education and opportunity they need for success.
Accelerate your customer acquisition and revenue growth
Participate in one of the highest growth segments in the IT industry – Next Generation Firewalls
Increase revenue and margins leveraging Palo Alto Network’s undisputed technology and market share leadership
Positioning next-generation firewalls makes it easier for your customers to embrace Web 2.0, yet still maintain complete visibility and control
Enables cost savings allowing your customers to consolidate key security functions into fewer devices, thus greatly reducing their IT costs and complexity
Palo Alto Solutions
More than ever before, firewalls must become application aware in order to mitigate application threats. Next-generation firewalls from Palo Alto Networks overcome the challenges of traditional network security solutions such as port-based firewalls and standalone IPS products.
The Palo Alto Networks family of next-generation firewalls is the industry’s only security solution designed from the ground up to address the changes in the application and threat landscape. Palo Alto Networks firewalls allow for more efficient risk management on enterprise networks by utilizing business-relevant elements such as applications, and users. The firewalls enable granular control over 1000 applications content as the basis for policy control and addresses key problems that plague traditional stateful Inspection-based firewall with a reliance on port/protocol to identify the applications and the belief that IP address correlates to a user’s identity.
Palo Alto addresses four key business problems
Security Sprawl and Operational Costs
By Deploying Palo Alto Networks organizations are able to reduce the number of security devices in their networks substantially, saving both capital expenditures and operations costs
Palo Alto Networks enterprise customers have reduced costs by: up to 80% for capital expenditures, up to 65% for hard operations costs (support contracts, subscriptions, power/HVAC) and "Soft” operations costs are similarly reduced
Identify and Control Applications
Visibility of thousands of applications, regardless of port, protocol, encryption, or evasive tactic
Fine-grained control over applications (allow, deny, limit, scan, shape)
Addresses the key deficiencies of legacy firewall infrastructure
Stop a variety of threats – exploits (by vulnerability), viruses, spyware
Stop leaks of confidential data (e.g., credit card #, social security #)
Stream-based engine ensures high performance
Enforce acceptable use policies on users for general web site browsing
Protect the Data Center & Distributed Enterprise Branch Office
Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls eliminate many of the traditional data center network security compromises enterprises are struggling with such as preventing threats, providing compliance and compartmentalization in virtualized environments while maintaining application performance and availability.
Reduce data center security complexity in architecture and operations
Deliver full next-generation firewall visibility and control over applications, users and content capabilities in a form factor that is small and quiet enough to sit on a desk