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Next-gen security platform arrives in time as PH adopts cloud-first policy

By Lionell Go Macahilig - on 20 Mar 2017, 9:38am

Next-gen security platform arrives in time as PH adopts cloud-first policy

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Next-generation security company and Cyber Threat Alliance founding member Palo Alto Networks recently announced that it has introduced 70 new cloud and SaaS features to its Next-Generation Security Platform. The new advancements extend the ability for customer organizations to safely enable applications, prevent successful cyberattacks, simplify security operations, and securely embrace the cloud.

Palo Alto Networks’ introduction of its Next-Generation Security Platform to the country arrives in time as the newly-established Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) adopted a cloud-first policy, making the Philippines one of the first countries in the world to do so. According to the 2016 Cloud Readiness Index published by the Asia Cloud Computing Association, the Philippines ranked ninth but scored only 3.5 in cybersecurity.

 “The advancements made to the latest version of PAN-OS 8.0 address some of the key challenges customers in the Philippines face in their digital transformation journey. We provide a holistic approach in support of policies and programs in place to prevent successful cyberattacks. We help secure cyberspace so cloud computing can flourish unimpeded and all stakeholders can realize the promises of digital transformation,” Kelvin Chin, Country Manager of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam, Palo Alto Networks.

Veering away from the traditional detect-and-respond approaches, cloud-only security capabilities, and siloed point products that offer limited functionality and lack threat context from the network edge or at the user interface, Palo Alto Networks’ Next-Generation Security Platform delivers rich context from multiple points across all IT environments to provide consistent levels of visibility, management, and security controls regardless of data location.

In addition, the new advancements included in the Palo Alto Networks platform operating system, PAN-OS version 8.0, Aperture SaaS security service, and new VM-Series virtual firewall models address security needs by extending protections from physical networks to the cloud. The new advancements are summarized by the following:

Expanded security for public and private clouds – Optimized workflow automation features and integration with native cloud services that ensure the same security measures for a customer's physical environment can now be easily applied to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or any other cloud.

New SaaS application security capabilities – These include enhanced visibility and interactive dashboards, new reporting, and automated features like instant quarantine and data sharing limitations. Additionally, extended application support (Slack and Secure Data Space), language support (German and Japanese) for DLP and machine learning, as well as new data centers in Europe (Germany) and Asia (Singapore), expand global usage and protection options and address regional data privacy needs.

Increased performance – The VM-Series, which now includes the new VM-50, VM-500, and VM-700, delivers industry-leading performance options ranging from 200Mbps up to an industry-leading 16Gbps of firewall throughput with App-ID enabled to deliver predictable performance in cloud deployments and address a variety of use cases from virtualized branch office to data center and service provider deployments.

PAN-OS 8.0 is now available globally to customers of Palo Alto Networks with a current support contract.