Palo Alto introduces next-generation firewall

internet 3589684 640Palo Alto Networks, a cybersecurity provider, has released several capabilities that predict malicious attacks and use automation to stop them in progress

Firewall customers who upgrade to PAN-OS ® version 9.0 will get access to these new security capabilities, over 60 new features and new tools for easily implementing security best practices.

Lee Klarich, chief product officer, said, “At Palo Alto Networks, we’re focused on simplifying security by using analytics and automation.”

“Customers choose our next-generation firewall platform because of our commitment to continuous innovation and our focus on reducing the need for standalone products. The announcements include our new DNS Security service, which uses machine learning to stop stealthy attacks aimed at stealing information from legitimate businesses,” he added.

Palo Alto Networks unveiled software and hardware enhancements to the leading next-generation firewall platform that will help organisations strengthen security and simplify protections across their hybrid cloud environments:

-Predict and prevent: The new DNS Security service uses machine learning to proactively block malicious domains and stop attacks in progress.

According to Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 researchers, nearly 80 per cent of all malware uses DNS to establish command-and-control, making it difficult to spot and stop attacks.

-Performance: The PA-7000 Series, with new network processing cards, offers threat prevention at speeds twice as fast as the nearest competitor and delivers decryption three times faster than before.

Customers with large data centres, high volumes of encrypted traffic, and a growing ecosystem of IoT devices need performance without compromising security.

-Simplicity: The new Policy Optimiser helps security teams replace legacy rules with intuitive policies that provide better security and are easier to manage.

Taking the complexity out of managing scores of rules reduces human error, which is a leading cause of data breaches.

-Broader, faster cloud security: The VM-Series now provides the broadest range of public cloud and virtualised data centre environments by adding support for Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Cisco Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) and Nutanix.

Firewall throughput performance improvements for AWS and Azure of up to 2.5X, combined with auto-scaling and transitive architectures, allow customers to automate security for dynamic and large-scale public cloud deployments.

Additionally, Palo Alto Networks announced the general availability of the K2 - Series, the industry’s first 5G-ready next-generation firewall, specifically developed for service providers with 5G and IoT requirements in mind.

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