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Powerful Firewall Protection

Firewalls first came out in the late 1980s when security breaches drew attention to the need to make networks more secure. In those early days, just having a firewall made a network more secure, because hackers hadn’t yet written applications that could get around it. But as hackers have created new applications, the firewall has become like a utility belt with more and more necessary gadgets—URL filtering, content filtering, intrusion detection—to block new threats that can dodge the firewall’s port-based security.

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A Key Benefit of Next-Generation Firewalls: More Sleep

There’s a great article on SearchEnterpriseWAN about a Palo Alto Networks customer. IDT spoke to SearchEnterpriseWAN about its experiences using next-generation firewalls from Palo Alto Networks, and discussed some of the benefits and changes their team recognized in managing security across their enterprise.

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Global Carrier Simplifies WAN Security with Next-Generation Firewalls

Wide area network (WAN) operations should include more than security management, but one global telecom operator drowning in thousands of firewall requests for its data centers around the world found little time to do much else.

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The Top 100 IT Projects of 2009

2009 InfoWorld 100 Awards: IT remains the lifeblood of forward-thinking organizations, as this year's recipients of InfoWorld's highest honor attest.

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IDT Corporation Deploys Palo Alto's PA-4000 Series Next-Gen Firewalls

Palo Alto Networks, a provider of next-generation enterprise firewalls, has announced that its PA-4000 Series firewalls have been selected by IDT Corporation, a Fortune 1000 company that delivers local, long-distance and calling card services.

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Palo Alto Networks Preps For (Another) Channel Close-Up

A year that began with a somewhat confusing channel development for Palo Alto Networks is set to end with the company's foot on the gas pedal.

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Campus Technology

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Study: Social Networks, Google Docs Becoming Business Applications

The use of Facebook, Twitter and Google Docs in the workplace has increased dramatically in the past six months and their crossover from personal to business applications is accelerating, according to a new study released Monday.

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Social Networking Use Reaches Very High Levels as Businesses Continue To Be Unprepared Against Risks

Companies have outdated IT infrastructure and usage policies that may fail to protect them from growing risks.

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Social Nets’ Usage ‘Explodes’ And So Do Security Risks, Report Says

The use of social networking and collaborative applications for business purposes has 'skyrocketed in the past six months. With increased adoption of Web-based applications come new business and security risks that go far beyond potential productivity losses.

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Web 2.0 Becomes More Popular at Work but Brings Risks Too, Report Says

If you use one of those ever-popular social networking applications for work purposes, or just for personal business while on the job, then you aren't alone, according to a recent industry report, but such usage can harm your network security as well.

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Enterprises Demand Next-Generation Firewalls with IPS, App Visibility

The days of the first-generation firewall are numbered as enterprises begin to demand more from these venerable network security devices than just standard port and protocol protection.

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Next-Generation Firewall Defined By Gartner

Greg Young and John Pescatore just authored an excellent note on next-generation firewalls. In the note, “Defining the Next-Generation Firewall,” Greg and John do an excellent job laying out the definition, the requirements, and their recommendations for next-generation firewalls in the enterprise.

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Engineers Fix the Shortcomings of the Traditional Firewall

Sometimes, the problems we experience with computers are a result of a legacy design. Hardware or software might have been architected 10 or 20 years ago when the world of computing was vastly different from the way it is today. As a result, the product in use today isn't as effective as it could be because of aging or obsolete design.

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Firewalls Failing to Protect Banks, Says Security Expert

Banks are spending more than they need on technology they would not miss, according to network security pioneer Nir Zuk

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Texas A&M Deploys Palo Alto Networks Firewalls for Improved Network Security

Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) houses the Texas Maritime Academy, which is one of six state maritime academies in the U.S. preparing graduates as officers in the United States Merchant Marine.

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More Comments Made on Debate About the Relevancy of the Firewall

The firewall is still relevant but needs a complete overhaul for it to work efficiently. Commenting on the issue raised by the SC Studio debate on the future of the firewall, Lee Klarich, vice president of product management at Palo Alto Networks, stated that the firewall is definitely not dead, but traditional firewalls are so far behind the application and threat developers that it sometimes feels like it.

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Palo Alto: Can They Revolutionize Network Security?

The emergence of Palo Alto Networks (hereby referred to as 'Palo Alto') has undoubtedly injected a lot of buzz into the network security segment that has been devoid of any epochal leap, ever since the introduction of stateful inspection and the marriage between firewall technology and IPSec VPN gateways.

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The Case for Application Enablement

What do LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogging and Wikis have in common? According to this article, they are increasingly used within enterprises with a quarter of organizations actually rolling out these types of tools across all departments, up from 12% in the previous survey.

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Palo Alto Exposes Firewall Rivals

Palo Alto Networks makes no bones about it: "It's time to fix the firewall." The network security vendor prides itself on partnering with leading-edge, innovative partners that want more than just basic firewall functionality.

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WAN Management: Palo Alto Adds Traffic Shaping, QoS, to Firewalls

By adding new firewall traffic shaping and quality of service (QoS) capabilities, Palo Alto Networks is trying to transform the role of the firewall from traffic cop to a WAN management technology.

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Palo Alto Introduces Latest Version of PAN-OS to Integrate Quality of Service and Fully Integrated SSL VPN Remote Access

Palo Alto Networks has announced the launch of the PAN-OS 3.0 operating system software for firewalls.

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New Products Aim to Control Rogue Applications that Avoid Firewalls

Many companies struggle to control what applications run on their networks, leaving them open to malware infection and the leakage of confidential information.

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