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White Paper

Security Operating Platform for Financial Services

The financial services industry remains one of the most popular targets for cyberattacks.  Malware, exploits, ransomware, etc. ultimately result in credential theft, data breaches, and malicious or fraudulent activity.  In response, thousands of banks, institutional investors, asset managers, mutual funds, broker-dealers, credit unions, and other financial institutions across the globe prevent successful cyberattacks with the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform. 

Palo Alto Networks is uniquely qualified to protect financial transactions, customer data, and support regulatory compliance by providing advanced security prevention capabilities in one security platform. Native automation and tight integration between multiple sensors and enforcement points of the security operating platform prevent successful cyberattacks even against unknown threats.  With machine learning and automation eliminating routine tasks, security personnel may then focus on other pressing matters for the organization. The extensibility of the platform allows financial institutions to consume security innovations quickly whether they are provided by Palo Alto Networks, third-parties, or even home-grown through our Cortex platform.  Seamless integration is available with some of the best security technology providers in the industry as well.

In this whitepaper, several popular cybersecurity use cases for the financial sector are covered including the following:

  • Network perimeter protection using our next-generations firewall,
  • Network segmentation to restrict lateral movement during cyberattacks,
  • Security for cloud computing initiatives in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
  • Protection of difficult or even impossible to patch endpoints, and
  • Securing both corporate and unmanaged mobile devices via VPN

Download the whitepaper to learn how the Security Operating Platform provides layered protection across a financial institution’s network, endpoints, and cloud environments for consistency in security policy throughout.

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