As your organization evolves from traditional data centers to virtualized and cloud environments, your security architectures must evolve to support your changing set of requirements. This white paper describes the challenges of virtualized data center and cloud computing environments, and how to address them with next-generation firewalls.
Every day, the U.S. federal government experiences increasingly sophisticated and persistent cyberthreats. The government is expending significant resources to ensure the cybersecurity of federal networks, systems and data remains a top priority.
Today’s enterprise security deployments require a network security management solution that provides the following:
• Centralized administration with automated and stream-lined management and configuration processes
• Greater network visibility with comprehensive reporting across the entire network security environment
• Prioritization of critical threats to enable faster, more effective incident response
Implementing a central management system to view and preside over your many firewall deployments can give you full visibility into your entire network and help you to orchestrate detection and protection based on real-time intelligence. This chapter highlights Palo Alto Networks’ methodology for implementing Panorama and our best practices for managing multiple firewalls.
Windows® XP end-of-life is a critical threat exposure for XP users. Security was one of the major drivers for Microsoft’s decision to end support for this operating system. No doubt, the intention was to urge enterprises to upgrade their systems. In reality, however, Windows XP systems are still deployed in many organizations.
This technical brief outlines how Traps secures endpoint systems that run Windows XP, while enabling you to manage your XP upgrade policy at your own pace as you maintain acceptable levels of security and compliance.
First principles in a designated problem space are so fundamental as to be self-evident; so true that no expert in the field can argue against them. Experts use them like building blocks to derive everything else that is worth -knowing in the problem domain. In this paper, we propose that the first principle for all network defenders is to prevent high-risk material impact to the organization.
Healthcare organizations are increasingly under attack by cybercriminals, putting sensitive patient information,
such as medications, diagnoses and Social Security numbers, at risk. The Anthem breach in early 2015 exposed
the fact that, despite substantial investments made in securing their networks to be HIPAA compliant, healthcare
providers are not fully protected against advanced cyberattacks.
This book provides an in-depth overview of next-generation firewalls. It examines the evolution of network security, the rise of Enterprise 2.0 applications and their associated threats, the shortcomings of traditional firewalls, and the advanced capabilities found in next-generation firewalls.
Cybersecurity has become so pervasive in headlines across the globe that scarcely a week passes without another high-profile breach. While few corporate executives and boards of directors would dispute the importance of cybersecurity, some may feel ill-prepared to begin the process of managing these risks, given the heavily technical nature of the issue.
Unit 42, the Palo Alto Networks® threat intelligence team, recently released a report identifying and tracking “Scarlet Mimic,” a series of sophisticated cyber espionage attacks which targeted Uyghur and Tibetan activists, their supporters, and entities that collect information on such groups. The attacks, which date back to 2009, have evolved over the past six years to compromise users of Windows®, Mac® OS X® and Android™ devices, indicating that they are the work of a well-resourced, sophisticated and persistent adversary group.
Integrating best-of-breed network, cloud and endpoint security with industry-leading threat intelligence, Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Security Platform delivers the visibility, security and control customers require to enhance their security posture without compromising business efficiency. Customers can now confidently detect cyberthreats and prevent breaches at every stage of the attack lifecycle in a highly automated manner.
Palo Alto Networks threat researchers are constantly analyzing different facets of advanced threats looking for new ways to both identify and prevent compromise. In this research paper, the team analyzes changes in cookies to understand how they’re effected by malware in an effort to determine whether cookie behavior can be used to determine maliciousness and infection.
A comprehensive security strategy for federal and other government agencies requires in-depth analysis of encrypted traffic to detect and prevent hidden attacks and data leakage. As more Internet traffic is encrypted, increasing numbers of attackers, including state-sponsored actors, are using this technology to hide malware, and botnet-based command and control traffic to exfiltrate data and escalate the likelihood of successful attacks. Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform provides a combination of advanced capabilities to prevent undesired applications and malicious content, including the decryption and scrutinization of encrypted communications, along with Hardware Security Module (HSM) support for enhanced performance and security of certificate and key management.
Federal agencies are facing an explosion of endpoints in both volume and variety. How are Federal IT managers handling this endpoint epidemic? What¹s the best approach to building an effective, practical, and enforceable endpoint strategy? What are the challenges and what¹s the path forward? To find out, MeriTalk and Palo Alto Networks examined endpoint security strategies and efforts across the U.S. Federal government, surveying 100 Federal IT managers and 100 non-IT Federal employees.
Evolution of Next-Generation Managed Network Security Services
For almost twenty years, the centerpiece of any corporate security strategy has been the firewall. As soon as there were appliances, there were services providers who offered to manage the firewall.