What would attract nearly 10,000 security professionals across 100+ countries to take time from a busy life in cyber defense? Palo Alto Networks Ignite — a three-day event, November 15-18, 2021 — brought together customers, executives, technologists, security experts, threat researchers and policy makers.
This year's event kicked off with a fireside chat between our CEO, Nikesh Arora, and Jen Easterly, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The two leaders discussed collaboration between government and private sector, investing in the future of cybersecurity, and what that means in terms of people and technology.
Palo Alto Networks founder and CTO, Nir Zuk, then took the stage to provide a zero BS outlook into Zero Trust, detailing the emerging concept of the Zero Trust Enterprise. He noted that by embracing the Zero Trust Enterprise, organizations should strive to eliminate all implicit trust, and then he provided a framework for how to do that. Nir’s talk has been called out by cybersecurity industry press for bringing clarity to zero trust.
In one of the most anticipated keynote sessions of the event, Chief Product Officer, Lee Klarich, highlighted new Palo Alto Networks product innovations. Lee unveiled our new next-generation CASB, designed to fully secure the adoption of SaaS applications, including the most popular collaboration tools like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Confluence. Lee also announced Prisma Cloud 3.0, the industry’s most complete cloud-native application protection platform, designed to secure the full application lifecycle. With Prisma Cloud 3.0, customers can now shift security left to improve their organizations' entire cloud security posture from development through runtime.
A consistent hit with cybersecurity audiences, Wendi Whitmore, Senior Vice President of Unit 42, analyzed the impact of a year filled with some of the most complex cyber attacks the world has seen to date. Wendi unveiled how they are shaping up Unit 42 services to help our industry get ready for this evolving threat landscape and how they plan to double down on their cloud breach response services after observing a 188% uptick in cloud cases over the last three years.
Ignite also featured dozens of sessions focused on practicing security, ranging from technology management to the skill required to deal with the Board of Directors. Some highlights include:
We are also grateful to many of our customers who shared their best practices, observations and innovations. Here’s a sample of some Palo Alto Networks customer presentations:
And there was more. If you ever wanted to find out what electric vehicle technologies will hit the road in 5-10 years, tune into the fireside chat between myself and Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director of Envision Racing Formula E Team, to hear our discussion on the impact of Formula E on the future of mobility and on climate change.
Ignite '21 is now available on demand through December 20th. Give yourself the gift of high-quality cybersecurity content this month. To access the event, you can sign up for Ignite '21 on demand.