One of our top goals for the Ignite Conference is to facilitate conversation among our industry’s most progressive network security practitioners about the diversity of successful implementations of next-generation security. We will be looking for stories about how Palo Alto Networks supported network security teams to safely enable the use of applications.
One such story that stands out is from IT Manager Jeroen Buren of DDB Amsterdam, a subsidiary of international media and advertising agency DDB Worldwide. Buren explains DDB Amsterdam’s network usage:
Our firewalls sparked Buren’s interest when he discovered they identify and filter traffic by user instead of just by computer IP address. “That triggered us to look more closely at Palo Alto Networks,” Buren added:
Since rolling out Palo Alto Networks for his primary firewalls and for VPN, Buren concluded:
Buren also explained how applications like MS Messenger are popular among staff, but dangerous for their file exchange functionality. “With Palo Alto Networks, we can give users access to the application but deny them the ability to use its file exchange options.”
In sum, Buren captures a dominant paradigm in network security today and one that we fully expect to be talking about next week at Ignite. As he put it, “functionality and security are like two opposites; if you give the user all the functionality they want, you’ll lose security.”