Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the network security company™, today announced its next-generation firewall has been selected by Forgital Group, a company specializing in the manufacture of forged and laminated rolled rings, for improved infrastructure security and application connectivity.

“With Palo Alto Networks, we achieved a high level of security, and if I want the firewall to block certain threats, I know it will be done. Now I have much more confidence in our infrastructure,” says Martino Leon, CIO of Forgital Group. “The value added of Palo Alto Networks is that now, unlike in the past, we can establish the connectivity and security policies, based on user, content and application variables.  This has very much improved security, data packet distribution and related management operations.”

The rapid growth of Forgital throughout Europe required an expansion of their IT investment that could keep up with the development of the group. Forgital’s initial needs consisted in the distribution of a centralized service, providing software to manage all phases of production for the branch offices as well as bringing uniformity to the systems of connectivity, the VPN and the dedicated lines. Today, the company has a data center with redundant storage and an off-site disaster recovery facility that meets the highest security standards and uses a proprietary management system, NILO. Now, the data traffic managed by NILO runs over VPNs, which is crucial for the management of the Internet connection by the firewalls.

Within this scenario, the Palo Alto Networks PA-2020, PA-500 and PA-200 firewall platforms were selected as the most appropriate and were installed at Forgital’s Italian headquarters, two French branch offices and the Italian sub office in RTM Breda. The new Palo Alto Networks platform has given Forgital an aggregated and standardized system within a single solution, while bringing the entire infrastructure under greater control, safely enabling the use of applications in the enterprise and in the cloud.

About Forgital

The Forgital Group is specialized in the manufacture of forged and laminated rolled rings in steel, nickel, aluminium and titanium, which are used in all areas of transmission and machine engineering and in industries that range from aerospace, oil and gas, and construction to manufacturing, drilling and power generation. Forgital is a group of international scope with a presence on every continent with both operational facilities and sales offices and is able to provide top-class support to meet the needs of its customers, from concurrent engineering to the provision of certified finished goods. The Forgital Group currently employs some 1,100 people in 15 production, sales and service companies and generates revenues in excess of 350 million Euros.

About Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks is the leading next-generation network security company. Its innovative platform allows enterprises, service providers, and government entities to secure their networks by safely enabling the increasingly complex and rapidly growing number of applications running on their networks and by providing prevention against cyberthreats. The core of the Palo Alto Networks platform is its Next-Generation Firewall, which delivers application, user, and content visibility and control integrated within the firewall through its proprietary hardware and software architecture. Palo Alto Networks products and services can address a broad range of network security requirements, from the data center to the network perimeter, as well as the distributed enterprise, which includes branch offices and a growing number of mobile devices. Palo Alto Networks products are used by more than 12,500 customers in over 100 countries. For more information, visit

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