Whether checking email from home or updating corporate documents from the airport, the majority of today's employees work outside the physical corporate boundaries. This increased workforce mobility brings increased productivity and flexibility while simultaneously introducing significant security risks. Every time users leave the building with their laptops or mobile devices they are bypassing the corporate firewall and associated policies that are designed to protect both the user and the network. GlobalProtect solves the security challenges introduced by roaming users by extending the same next-generation firewall-based policies that are enforced within the physical perimeter to all users, no matter where they are located.
The following sections provide conceptual information about the Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect offering and describe the components of GlobalProtect and the various deployment scenarios: