SANTA CLARA, Calif. – February 28, 2017 – Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the next-generation security company, announced that The Lines Company Ltd, which owns and operates an electricity distribution network on the North Island of New Zealand, moved to the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform as part of a comprehensive revitalisation of its IT infrastructure. The Lines Company’s previous environment relied on firewalls that were complex to manage and failed to protect the utility from today’s cyberthreats. The decision to use Palo Alto Networks slashed network bandwidth consumption by 40 percent, improved IT staff productivity, and helped the company to avoid $50,000 in software upgrades.
Palo Alto Networks gives The Lines Company a completely different approach to network security. Within the previous environment, more than 100 security infections were discovered during a proof-of-concept deployment, requiring over 200 hours in staff time to remediate. URL Filtering from Palo Alto Networks reduced network bandwidth consumption by 40 percent. The Lines Company also streamlined rules management using App-ID™ and User-ID™ technologies, shaving the number of rules it manages by 30 percent.
Two Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls were placed in a redundant configuration in The Lines Company’s two data centres to allow for high availability services to critical 0800 phone services and user services. The company’s SCADA network is also protected by separate Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls. The Next-Generation Security Platform includes Threat Prevention for inspecting and stopping cyberthreats that move laterally across the networks, and Palo Alto Networks WildFire™, a cloud-based threat analysis service. It also provides URL Filtering (PAN-DB) that keeps protections synchronized across the attack lifecycle with the latest threat intelligence on phishing and malware sites. Additionally, the technology includes GlobalProtect™ network security for endpoints that protects the mobile workforce against cyberattacks, evasive application traffic, malicious websites, command-and-control traffic, and both known and unknown threats.
About The Lines Company
The Lines Company owns and operates the electricity distribution network in the King Country region of New Zealand's North Island. The distribution area covers 13,700 km2 and is one of the largest network areas in New Zealand with no major urban centre. This makes TLC a specialist in providing power to out of the way places, from the iron sands of the west coast to the highest points in the North Island of New Zealand (the Turoa and Whakapapa skifields on Mount Ruapehu). As well as keeping power flowing to homes and businesses in the region TLC also provide a full range of electrical contracting service. Several hydro generation schemes are also owned and operated by TLC.
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