Through network security consolidation, government agencies can achieve tighter
integration between previously disparate systems while automating and simplifying
the process for responding to and preventing malicious activity.
As Governments adopt digital technologies – employee remote access, citizen self-service, SaaS, cloud, and more – these same technologies introduce new points where the network can be infiltrated, and new valuable data that must be secured. The result was a cyber security arms race where new threats were countered with new security point products.
Today, governments are consolidating security appliances and functions to gain better visibility and use scarce cybersecurity professionals wisely.
Read this use case to discover
• The advantages of a platform approach to network security consolidation.
• Best practices for deployment.
• How a government agency eliminated 10 security appliances at every location, simplifying compliance, management and reporting while improving security.
Businesses embrace digital technologies that modernize their operations and enable innovation. Yet these same technologies introduce new security vulnerabilities and new data that must be secured. The result is a costly cybersecurity arms race, in which businesses introduce new security products to counter new attack vectors. Individually-managed or standalone security products add complexity, reduce visibility, and strain under-resourced security teams.
Your organization’s approach to cybersecurity can either securely enable your business to innovate and make use of transformational technologies, like the cloud, or it can introduce unnecessary risk and complexity. In this era of advanced threats and mega-breaches, organizations face an increasingly sophisticated adversary, aided by automation and the power of the cloud. Those companies still relying on largely manual methods to deal with such threats are now seeking ways to adjust to the changing landscape.
Rancho California Water District (RCWD) serves and supports approximately 150 square miles, 3 different critical water infrastructures and 45,000 endpoints. Dale Badore, Datacenter Operations Supervisor, shares how he moved to a high-available single vendor infrastructure with the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform. RCWD selected Traps to protect their endpoints, which now provides the company with a next-generation non-signature-based protection system and detection into anonymous activity.
The City of Glendale is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, Eric Brumm, Deputy Chief Information Officer oversees the Infrastructure Services Division, which acts like a service provider to 14 different departments within the City of Glendale. Mr. Brumm discusses how his team replaced their legacy firewall solution with Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform and can now easily build powerful protection policies and have the visibility to see what is going in the background as traffic is flowing through the city’s network.
Bret Lopeman, senior security engineer at Ada County discusses how his organization has adopted a prevention-oriented approach to network security with Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform, including Traps.
The Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources implemented Traps™ advanced endpoint protection, part of Palo Alto Networks® Security Operating Platform, which also includes next-generation firewalls and numerous integrated threat intelligence services to help ensure strong security at the endpoint.
This paper highlights an innovative security approach that eliminates the wide range of cloud risks that can cause breaches, while enabling organizations to achieve consistent and frictionless cloud protections for multi-cloud environments..
As new digital technologies or threats emerge, the traditional approach has been to add new, discrete security appliances and solutions to the network and its elements. As security products proliferate, so do costs and operational complexity, while network and security teams struggle to get a comprehensive view of traffic and potential threats. Read a real-world example of how a local government adopted elements of the Security Operating Platform over time, and how the platform approach helps them prevent 1M threats a month from impacting city operations.
Prevention-oriented architecture is transforming the way we operate, maintain and defend cyber environments. This document explains the methodology and capabilities Palo Alto Networks delivers to prevent successful attacks and protect our digital way of life.
Alameda County Office of Education updates to a “network security as a service” model delivered through an affordable subscription pay plan. Multiple virtual systems, or firewalls, work under a dedicated Palo Alto Networks platform to prevent cyberattacks and maintain secure browsing/ data protection for students and staff alike.
Governments and businesses must continuously assess the use of new applications and services that improve processes and operations. As such, they must weigh the business benefits from the adoption of newly sanctioned applications against potential risk to the business, its data and other resources. Applications themselves, such as remote access, can represent undue risk. In addition, if applications are not appropriately secured in the business network, today’s attackers can hide communications within the very communication mechanisms the applications use. Adoption of security that appropriately identifies, granularly controls and secures enterprise applications can be slow if those charged with such controls don’t understand the necessity, value or ease with which appropriate controls can be adopted.
Download our use case "Secure the Network through Application Visibility" for the benefits of this approach, along with some common concerns over adoption, and read about the experiences of several customers across different industries who made this transition.
SSL-encrypted traffic is growing in government networks, resulting in multiple blind spots for security monitoring tools and creating an opportunity for attackers to hide malware. Many governments are considering or mandating the decryption of encrypted communications moving in and out of their networks. While traditional approaches favor dedicated SSL decryption appliances, these add latency, costs and increase time to resolution for security incide
Since the release of the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), organizations worldwide have implemented the framework to better understand and manage cyber risk.
The CSF can be applied to businesses of all sizes, across regions and industries, and is being incorporated into national risk frameworks around the globe. Given its proven ability to aid in risk management and reduction, some industries have even begun to mandate its implementation. Namely, the White House recently issued an executive order requiring all federal agencies to immediately begin using the CSF to assess and manage cyber risk to protect critical infrastructure in their enterprises.
Designed to foster positive and productive risk and cybersecurity management dialogue among internal and external business stakeholders, the CSF provides a common language for all appropriate teams, spanning IT, operations, security, finance, C-suite and board of directors. Based on this open dialogue, organizations can more effectively quantify risk and prioritize investments to mitigate it.
Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Security Platform aligns with the CSF’s primary directive of enabling critical infrastructure operations to effectively identify, manage and reduce cyber risk. Rooted in prevention, the Next-Generation Security Platform is natively integrated to counter cyberattacks before they manifest in an organization’s environment. With full visibility into traffic – across the network, endpoints and the cloud – organizations can prevent cyberattacks based on how or where applications and data reside or are being used. This allows critical infrastructure organizations to identify the most serious ongoing threats to key business operations and reduce overall cybersecurity risk.
Download this white paper to explore the benefits of the CSF and how Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform capabilities map to and fulfill CSF subcategories.
Establishing, maintaining and demonstrating compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a necessity for all entities involved in payment card processing – including merchants, processors, acquirers, issuers, and service providers, as well as all other entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data (CHD) and/or sensitive authentication data (SAD). For all system components included in or connected to the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE), organizations must comply with more than three hundred requirements. It is in every organization’s best interest, therefore, to take advantage of network segmentation provisions stated in the PCI DSS to effectively isolate their CDE and thereby decrease the amount of infrastructure that is considered in scope.
Download our use case "Simplify PCI Compliance With Network Segmentation" to learn how Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform delivers maximum protection for an organization’s entire computing environment while greatly reducing the scope of PCI compliance.
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