Next week, we will participate as a sponsor of the Microsoft Ignite annual user conference in Atlanta, Georgia. If you’re planning to be there, come by our booth (#2023) where we will have experts available to show you how our Next-Generation Security Platform is ideally suited to protect your Microsoft infrastructure from the network, to the cloud, to the endpoint.
In many ways, the success of your business probably relies on your productive use of Microsoft infrastructure. SharePoint, Skype for Business (formerly Lync), or Active Directory deployed on the network, in Azure, or as part of your Office 365 subscription, keep your business running, but the distributed nature of your deployment also increases your security exposure. Attackers can and will take full advantage of your highly distributed Microsoft infrastructure to execute their attacks and gain access to your network.
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform begins preventing attacks in Microsoft environments with visibility into the applications in use on your network, in the cloud and SaaS environments, and on your endpoints. The knowledge of which applications are in use, and by whom, provides you with the power to make better-informed security decisions and, more importantly, begin to reduce your attack surface area by enabling business applications, like SharePoint, Skype for Business, and Office 365, based on user identity stored in Active Directory.
Threat prevention policies can then be applied, enabling applications to block known attacks (e.g., vulnerability exploits, command and control, viruses, malware), while simultaneously making unknown attacks known, and then dynamically creating and delivering new protection mechanisms to all users globally. The three pillars that make up our Next-Generation Security Platform are:
From a platform perspective, native integration is key to delivering consistent security capabilities and applying them to all users, applications and locations – from the network to the cloud to the endpoint.. Native integration means that each of our platform components shares contextual information on the attack, the application it used, and the victim. Behavioral information learned about the attack by the platform is used to continually improve each of the prevention elements (WildFire, URL filtering, IPS, anti-malware, DNS protections, Traps, etc.) in a dynamic and automated manner, making it increasingly difficult for cyber criminals to execute a successful attack.
To learn more about how our Next-Generation Security Platform can protect Microsoft environments, visit us at booth #2023 at Microsoft Ignite from September 26 - 30. Also be sure to check out our latest white paper on protecting Microsoft environments, from the network to the cloud to the endpoint.