Palo Alto Networks

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Palo Alto Networks provides a wide suite of enterprise-level next generation firewalls, with a wide range of security functions for your network. As there are new evolving use cases for network firewalls, traditional firewall vendors are developing offerings to fulfill them, and use-case-specific vendors are sprouting.


Network firewalls secure traffic bidirectionally across networks. Although these firewalls are primarily deployed as hardware appliances, clients are increasingly deploying virtual appliance firewalls, cloud-native firewalls from infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers, and firewall as a service (FWaaS) offerings hosted directly by vendors.


Over the last 10 years, Palo Alto has been the unbeatable market leader together with Fortinet, Checkpoint and Cisco.

The end goal of security is to enable your operations to flourish and keep your organization out of the headlines associated with cyber breaches. This means reducing the likelihood of a successful attack. By focusing on preventing successful attacks, the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform reduces cybersecurity risk so that it is manageable and quantifiable, allowing organizations to compartmentalize their biggest threats and focus on business operations.

Security should not be an impediment to adoption of new mobility, SaaS, public or private cloud technologies that enable productivity. Only a natively integrated security platform, with components across these rapidly evolving enterprise technology environments, can keep pace with modern attackers, who draw no distinction as to the location of their target. Your organization should enjoy the same protection against cyberattacks regardless of how or where your applications and data reside.

Building security that simply detects threats and requires a manual response is too little, too late, as once your data goes out the door, your risks and costs increase exponentially. Manual remediation does little to reduce risk, is expensive in terms of time and money, and distracts from the identification of true threats. The Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform is designed to enable automated prevention of cyberattacks to reduce the increased risks and costs associated with detection and remediation.

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The Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform protects our digital way of life by safely enabling applications and preventing known and unknown threats across the network, cloud, and endpoints. The native integration of the platform delivers a prevention architecture that can provide superior security at lower total cost of ownership.

Our platform has four major components that enable the prevention of successful cyberattacks:

  1. Natively integrated technologies that leverage a single-pass prevention architecture to exert positive control based on applications, users, and content to reduce organizational attack surface, that support open communication, orchestration, and visibility, and enable consistent security posture from the network, to the cloud, to the endpoint
  2. Automated creation and delivery of protection mechanisms against new threats to network, cloud, and endpoint environments
  3. Extensibility and flexibility that allows for protection of customers as they expand, move off their physical network, or adopt new technologies
  4. Threat intelligence sharing that provides protection by taking advantage of the network effects of a community of comprehensive global threat data to minimize the spread of attacks

Automation Reducing Manual Response

Relying on manual response to confront the increasing volume and sophistication of cyberattacks facing organizations has, unfortunately, led to predictable results, which will only worsen unless prevention becomes automated.


With the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, the discovery of a new threat triggers the automated creation and delivery of protection mechanisms to network, cloud, and endpoint environments, enabling dynamic policy updates, which allows organizations to scale their defenses with technology, not people.

Threat Intelligence Sharing

The Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform also benefits from the powerful network effect of a growing community of comprehensive global threat data sharing to minimize the spread of attacks and raise the costs to attackers. No one organization will ever see all global threats, but as part of a network, they benefit from collective intelligence. The detection of a new threat in one customer environment sharing threat information triggers the automatic creation and dissemination of prevention mechanisms across the entire network of thousands of customers. As the network grows, the wider protections propagate, limiting the spread of attacks and, consequently, their effectiveness.

The State of Cloud Native Security

As the engine that powers business, science, education, government and so many other human endeavors, computing has evolved enormously over the past few decades – and that evolution is accelerating. Today, the focus is less on the hardware underlying computing and more on the application itself – the thing that delivers actual value. We abstract computing away from the hardware as much as possible, in myriad ways: the concept of the cloud itself, as well as the specific technologies for operating in the cloud, such as virtual machines (VMs), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), containers, managed container services such as Kubernetes and more. As we adopt all these enabling technologies, we introduce a new responsibility: securing cloud systems and the data we’re running on them. The need to address threats such as operating system and application vulnerabilities, cross-site scripting or SQL injection, and accessing data at rest has created an entire market for security tools and services.


Today we have a whole new set of decisions to make, security plans and protocols to create, and processes to develop and implement. That’s why you now have this STATE OF CLOUD NATIVE SECURITY report in front of you. The companies behind this survey and research project all want to better understand the landscape our customers are operating in, so we can do a better job of helping them. We also want to share the knowledge we’ve gained with you, and everyone involved with securing the cloud, to keep our and our customers’ information safe and secure.

The Ultimate Guide to the MITRE ATT&CK Round 2 EDR Evaluation

Marketing jargon can make cybersecurity products hard to differentiate, so third-party testing that compares products head-to-head is invaluable. Starting in 2019, the MITRE ATT&CK® cybersecurity evaluations have quickly become counted among the most useful objective tests for endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions, providing a wealth of information about the efficacy of tools by methodically testing their detection and correlation capabilities against the attack sequences of real-world adversaries. The second round of MITRE ATT&CK testing, released in April 2020, assessed a much wider field of vendors than the first, giving security decision-makers a comprehensive view of how endpoint security players stack up.

Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure

Gartner has just published the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure report, which includes the latest deep marketplace insights on this evolving sector.  We believe the report will help infrastructure and operations decision-makers select vendors that support modern networking requirements driven by dynamic and expanding business demands. 


In 2020, Palo Alto Networks acquired CloudGenix. With CloudGenix SD-WAN – now Prisma® SD-WAN – as part of our suite, Palo Alto Networks was named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.



Compact, powerful protection

Visibility, control, and power to prevent network threats in a small form factor

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Network security in a ruggedized form factor for harsh environments

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PA-400 Series

Secure the distributed enterprise

Proactive threat prevention for your distributed enterprise, with simplified security for thousands of branch offices

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Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks have reviews in the Cloud Access Security Brokers, Network Firewalls, WAN Edge Infrastructure, Operational Technology Security, Endpoint Detection and Response Solutions, and Security Orchestration, Automation and Response Solutions markets


Palo Alto is the market leader in the Network Firewalls and WAN Edge Infrastructure


Fortinet is the market leader in the Network Firewalls and Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firewall



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