In the United States, state and local governments are responsible for maintaining democratic processes by ensuring the availability and resiliency of election systems, the integrity and accuracy of balloting and vote tabulation, and the confidentiality of individual citizens’ votes. Since the Department of Homeland Security deemed election systems to be critical infrastructure, State and Local election boards must take additional steps to ensure the integrity of the vote at every level. Aging infrastructure and targeted attacks are key challenges 

Read this use case for a real-world example of how a U.S. state agency is taking steps to secure the vote with the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform. The benefits they have realized include: 

Operational Benefits 

  • Reduce risk with granular visibility into the users, applications, and traffic of election systems infrastructure
  • Enable States to offer secure networking services for elections for underfunded or understaffed local governments
  • Improve cybersecurity efficiency by automatically consuming and sharing threat insights and indicators from multiple intelligence feeds, safeguarding assets and keeping them up to date

Security Benefits 

  • Protect unpatched voting machines and systems for tabulating and reporting election results
  • Limit exposure of voter registration database with network segmentation
  • Prevent credential theft and data exfiltration
  • Enforce access controls and the principle of least privilege with user identification and multi-factor authentication (MFA)
For more information on how Palo Alto Networks serves state, city, county, and municipal governments, visit our cybersecurity for state and local governments page at


XDR: A New Approach to Detection and Response

Enterprises rely on Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) as a means to respond to cybersecurity incidents. As cybercriminals and their tactics have become more sophisticated, the time to identify and time to contain breaches has only increased. It is becoming increasingly apparent that EDR has failed, and that we need a new approach to detection and response. XDR allows you to rapidly detect and respond to threats across your enterprise, spanning your network, cloud and endpoints.
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Simplify PCI Compliance with Network Segmentation PDF

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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Whitepaper - Cybersecurity Reference Blueprint for BMS/BAS

This white paper presents a cybersecurity reference blueprint for Building Management/Automations Systems (BMS/BAS)
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Prevention Across the Attack Lifecycle with the Security Operating Platform

The Security Operating Platform provides multiple layers of prevention at each stage of the attack lifecycle.
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Prevention Across the Attack Lifecyle with the Security Operating Platform

The Security Operating Platform provides multiple layers of prevention at each stage of the attack lifecycle.
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North-West University

Palo Alto Networks® Security Operating Platform with high-capacity Next-Generation Firewalls deployed in a high-availability configuration, enabled with threat prevention and integrated cloud-based threat analysis
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