Gartner’s research on next-generation firewalls and how they are changing the enterprise firewall marketplace is pretty compelling. And the recommendation to migrate from traditional firewalls and IPS to next generation firewalls at refresh time is very clear. Here’s your chance to hear from Greg Young, Gartner Research VP, and one of the authors of the 2010 Enterprise Firewall Magic Quadrant. And catch the premier of what is likely to be one of the hottest movies of the year.
Is the firewall obsolete? Probably not, but current implementations were never designed to cope with the threats posed by Webmail, various social networking tools, and even popular corporate collaboration applications like SharePoint and WebEx.
Health care providers are an interesting situation with regard to network security. Like many industries, they’re dealing with rapid technological change in the face of a variety of regulations – in the U.S. health care industry it’s HIPAA and HITECH, and PCI – focused on the portability, security and privacy of PHI and the security of patients’ credit card data, respectively.
The Boy Billionaire, aka Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has done it again. His proposal to turn Facebook messaging into a sort of universal communications platform is probably the worst idea of the year. It's bad for the privacy of users and for corporate IT, which will have to deal with a huge spike in hard-to-defend Webmail.
Chris King from Palo Alto Networks chats about results from the company's 2010 Application Usage and Risk report, which shows that social networking is in full swing at the enterprise, despite reports of vulnerabilities. Surprisingly, productivity on social networks is not as much of a drain as once thought. King discusses these issues and other application trends with Keith Shaw.
Next-generation firewalls from Palo Alto Networks combine three identification technologies to provide the unprecedented visibility and policy control over applications, users and content – all in a high-performance firewall platform.
When pitching venture firms, entrepreneurs typically include a slide that shows revenue curving sharply up and to the right shortly after launch – what’s known as the “hockey stick” – but even the best companies rarely meet those projections.
There are several realities that typically fall outside of the approved enterprise communications mechanisms. These applications can enhance business responsiveness and performance – but, conversely – introduce inbound risks such as malware and vulnerability exploits, and outbound risks such as data loss and inadvertent sharing of private or proprietary data.
In its latest edition of the Application Usage and Risk Report, Palo Alto Networks draws attention to several realities that typically fall outside of the approved enterprise communications mechanisms.
Software applications that enable employees to communicate personally with each other, participate in social networks and share files with one another are being used in 96 percent of the organizations recently studied, and account for about one-quarter of the total bandwidth being consumed by those organizations.
Facebook usage by employees gets a bad rap, but it turns out workers are doing more surfing on the social network than potentially giving away company secrets: New data from some 700 of Palo Alto Networks' application-layer firewall customers shows Webmail use poses a much bigger problem.
Next-generation firewalls, or application-aware firewalls, have enjoyed well-deserved hype from network engineers and analysts, but the technology is still evolving. Many enterprises are also holding onto their old port and protocol firewalls, at least for now.
The war is over and, in case you missed it, IT lost. The once ferocious attempts to guard the corporate perimeters against unapproved devices and applications is sputtering to an end because, frankly, all but myopic IT diehards recognize this is battle that's already over.
IT is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. And these days it takes a team of talented technology professionals, each with his or her own special expertise, to carry out mission-critical assignments.
Network security upstart Palo Alto Networks has signed distribution agreements with Westcon Group and Computerlinks, marking the first time Palo Alto's security products will be sold through two-tier distribution in North America.
Palo Alto Networks, the three-year-old networking security vendor, has moved to two-tier distribution, signing with Westcon and Computerlinks. And Westcon has a new many to handle its security division, former Avnet executive Andrew Warren.
Palo Alto Networks has a concise message for channel partners: The security company was cash-flow positive in its most recent quarter, and is looking to double its business in the year ahead. To assist with that effort, Palo Alto Networks has recruited roughly 150 channel partners and is now working with two distributors: Westcon Group and Computerlinks.
Gartner’s recent forecast analysis for Software-as-a-Service observes that Web-based office suites such as Google Apps (including Google Docs) will coexist with traditional office suites as business users will find them appropriate for real-time collaboration or as secondary online tools for taking notes.
As you probably know, last year Gartner recommended that enterprises migrate from stand-alone IPS to next-generation firewalls for performing IPS functions. While this advice made intuitive sense based on the tight relationship between apps and threats, there was nevertheless a lack of empirical evidence to confirm that a next-generation firewall could actually stand up to the challenge of being a true IPS – until now.
Do you know whether files are leaving your enterprise? Can you track file movement? If not, you’re not alone, but you’ll want to consider stepping up security measures to protect vital enterprise information.
Much of the chatter over the past two days about the Intel/McAfee deal has been about why Intel decided to acquire McAfee. But what does the deal mean for enterprise security managers? We asked a few experts at other security vendors to for their take on the news.