Delivery services, warehousing and international logistics
Yunda Express faced security challenges in the areas of endpoint, internet of things (IoT) and cloud. They struggled to keep pace with digital transformation, business expansion and cybersecurity.
They selected Palo Alto Networks’ Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), Prisma Cloud and Cortex XDR. With built-in IoT security functions, the NGFW helps secure the various IoT terminals. Paired with Cortex XDR, Yunda is able to achieve integrated security protection from the network to the terminals. Prisma Cloud enables security and visibility for Yunda’s cloud environment.
It boasts two growth drivers: “IT infrastructure” of cloud computing, big data, disaster recovery construction and cutting-edge technology development, and “IT application and R&D” that targets industry application, endpoint experience and strategy implementation.
With the help of technology, Yunda continues to improve service quality and expand service areas to enhance core competencies. However, just like the two sides of a coin, technology also brings challenges and risks to Yunda.
First, endpoint and IoT security. With the acceleration of enterprise informationization, more and more data terminals and applications are added to the network, including various PADs, cameras, and positioning systems. They are connected to Yunda’s open platform for information collection and interaction. Each day, about 50–60 million parcels are sent across the country by tens of thousands of vehicles and hundreds of thousands of couriers. Scanning is required at each link, and data collection should be done at each node. That means billions of collections a day and close interactions throughout all links. Therefore, in addition to great computing power, efficient endpoint security is necessary to prevent any threat and risk at the front end.
Second, cloud security. The cloud enables more agile Yunda systems and sharply cuts the costs of operation, maintenance and hardware and software procurement. Although cloud services have become one of the core competencies of large companies, the tens of billions of order records generated also make the logistics industry a vulnerable target for hackers. Creating a more secure cloud environment is already a must for courier companies to effectively avoid security breaches, block external attacks and prevent information leakage.
Logistics companies’ networks have a number of partitions and layers. To protect the network boundaries from unknown external attacks, the boundaries in different partitions should be managed separately with proper protection measures, so as to block external attacks from accessing internal networks. For a long time, Yunda has been relying on its self-built security operation center (SoC) which pools core data internally. The data security therefore needs to be ensured from two aspects: one is to guarantee the security of all kinds of terminals, eliminating the possibility of any threat attacking the system at the physical layer, and the other is to safeguard the security of network boundaries, keeping attackers all out at the logic layer. For all-round security protection, Yunda started to cooperate with thirdparty security vendors to enhance cloud native security with third-party security solutions. This is why Yunda chose Palo Alto Networks.
First, Palo Alto Networks, a global cybersecurity bellwether, has been honored a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls for nine consecutive years.Second, Palo Alto Networks’ NGFW and endpoint security products are a good fit for the logistics industry. By employing three unique identification technologies, i.e. APP-ID, User-ID and Content-ID, its next-generation firewall solution allows principle-based visibility and control over applications, users and content. Palo Alto Networks delivered the industry’s first ML-Powered Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) in 2020 which provides inline machine learning to block unknown file- and web-based threats, enabling online, real-time defense against unknown threats. Backed up by these cutting-edge technologies, Palo Alto Networks boasts the industry’s fastest unknown threat analysis, turning unknown threats into known ones in seconds and allowing the security platform to perceive. That means Palo Alto Networks can instantly locate cyberthreats that have just surfaced in the Western Hemisphere and upgrade the signature for its customers worldwide. In addition, the built-in IoT security features of NGFW can help customers manage and protect various IoT endpoints. With the combination of NGFW and Palo Alto Networks’ leading Cortex XDR endpoint security solution, the integrated security protection that covers networks and all endpoints is made possible.
Last, Palo Alto Networks offers Prisma™ Cloud, a comprehensive cloud native security platform with broad security and compliance coverage—for applications, data, and the entire cloud native technology stack—throughout the development lifecycle and across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.