The downside of the ever-decreasing cost of computing power is the ability for cybercriminals and adversaries to launch automated and sophisticated attacks at lower and lower costs. It is now cheaper than ever to conduct successful cyberattacks, which has led to an onslaught of malicious activity against organizations, threatening the foundations of trust in digital systems critical to business operations and innovative advantage.
The end goal of security is to enable your operations to flourish and keep your organization out of the headlines associated with cyber breaches. This means reducing the likelihood of a successful attack. By focusing on prevention, the Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Security Platform reduces cybersecurity risk to a manageable degree, allowing organizations to compartmentalize their most serious threats and focus on business operations.
Inflexible and complex security postures can pose major hurdles to the adoption of new technologies – such as cloud computing and SaaS applications – necessary for organizational agility. In this context, security and agility become trade–offs, which can lead to either lost opportunities to raise productivity, or increased organizational risk as users circumvent rigid security controls.
Our platform allows for the consistent enforcement of security policy, including threat detection and advanced intelligence analytics, in both physical and virtual environments by classifying all traffic by application, user and content, regardless of where it lives. With these measures in place, the platform enables the secure adoption of new productivity-enhancing technologies, such as public and private cloud and SaaS applications.
Security postures built on a wide array of point products from multiple vendors create complex and expensive environments, in the level of investment in equipment, the multiple subscriptions and service costs, and the level of effort required to operate and maintain them. With the proliferation of deployed point products, the security architecture for the enterprise became exponentially more complicated; and the more complex environments are, the easier it is for security teams to make a mistake in the deployment. Managing a disparate portfolio of point security products also leads to inefficient utilization of security staff who increasingly find themselves overwhelmed with alert volumes and bogged down in manual processes.
By classifying and judging all traffic based on application, user and content, our security platform provides the ability to isolate unique and targeted attacks with context and analysis to help security staff prioritize efforts and operate more efficiently. The integrated platform also reprograms itself automatically upon the detection of an unknown attack, creating and disseminating protection mechanisms, a process that does not rely on manual intervention. Our platform can reduce complexity by consolidating investments in multiple products, which can lead to higher usability while lowering capital and operational expenses.
The Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform has four key characteristics that enable the prevention of successful cyberattacks:
Threat Intelligence Sharing
The Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform also benefits from the powerful network effect of a growing community of comprehensive global threat data sharing to minimize the spread of attacks and raise the costs to attackers. No one organization will ever see all global threats, but as part of a network, they benefit from collective intelligence. The detection of a new threat in one customer environment sharing threat information triggers the automatic creation and dissemination of prevention mechanisms across the entire network of thousands of customers. As the network grows, the wider protections propagate, limiting the spread of attacks and, consequently, their effectiveness.