This white paper describes how the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, in combination with select technology and delivery partners, supports all three CDM phases and enables agencies to achieve the security objectives of the program.
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.
Watch our product managers and threat researchers demonstrate how protections in the Palo Alto Networks platform neutralize an attacker's ability to steal credentials, as well as stop them from abusing stolen credentials to gain unauthorized access.
Governments around the world are undergoing change. Whether reducing data center footprints, virtualizing existing services to reduce costs and "go green", or advancing security strategies to thwart advanced attacks in the field or at home, governments are demanding more from their cybersecurity solutions today.
Cyberattacks are one of the most pressing national security and economic concerns of governments around the world. Government agencies are taking an “all-in” approach to fight back, sharing more cyberthreat information with one another and purchasing threat feeds. However, with the influx of threat data, many agencies are having difficulty using these insights to update their sensors with real-time protection and reconfigure their defenses on the fly. And during a cyberattack, responding quickly is crucial to minimizing potential damage.
To serve their citizens, federal/national, state and local governments must gather, create, or process sensitive information. As various high-profile breaches have demonstrated, this data is not sufficiently protected, particularly from the insiders whose actions are responsible for the majority of public sector security incidents.
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. This white paper:
Gives a short backgrounder on the U.S. government’s Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP).
Describes how the Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Security Platform enables U.S. federal agencies to identify and protect High Value Assets (HVAs) and information and detect and rapidly respond to cyber incidents.
Provides a case study on how one U.S. federal agency used Palo Alto Networks to help meet CSIP objectives.
The Palo Alto Networks threat research team, Unit 42, has spent the last seven months investigating a series of attacks, determining that they are the result of a long-standing cyber espionage campaign. The campaign, which we refer to as “Scarlet Mimic,” has activity dating back over four years. The result of our analysis has allowed us to connect a series of disparate attacks into a coherent picture of the Scarlet Mimic operation, which has targeted human rights activists, as well as organizations with knowledge about these groups, including government entities.
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.
Proxy deployments today have outlived their usefulness and practicality. They have joined a long list of legacy security products, providing limited security functionality against today’s advanced threats.
Once upon a time, Proxies fulfilled a need traditional firewalls could not meet: visibility into web traffic starting with categorization of HTTP and later HTTPS traffic.
However, little to no emphasis was put on traffic and the vast number of applications utilizing other avenues of accessing corporate networks.
Proxy vendors still over-emphasize the importance of HTTP and HTTPS traffic while downplaying the role of applications utilizing other entry points in cyber attacks. This whitepaper highlights the short comings of proxies, and showcases how a next generation security platform can provide faster, simpler and more comprehensive security.
This white paper is available in Portuguese.
Security responsibilities cut across many disciplines within a government organization: networking, cyber/network security, desktop, and data center. Sadly, despite the urgency reiterated in very public attacks to government infrastructure, some organizations choose to continue to run their networks in silos, in the blind, failing to work together to secure the network and prevent threats.
Palo Alto Networks joined Financial Services Roundtable and Forbes as sponsors of the Georgia Tech Governance of Cybersecurity: 2015 Report in order to increase the awareness among senior leaders on the importance of cybersecurity risk management and proper investments in the right people, process and technologies need to prevent cyber threats.
Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the next-generation security company, today announced the addition of two decorated military and intelligence leaders to further enhance the company’s cybersecurity strategy and global policy expertise.
Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, today shared research that uncovers a series of potentially state-sponsored cyberattacks targeting government and military organizations in countries throughout Southeast Asia.
The UK Cabinet Office Technology Transformation programme was established to replace an end-of-life outsourced IT service.
The aim of the programme is to enable modern flexible ways of working and to provide civil servants with technology at least as good as they have at home.
During user testing at the start of this project, staff told the UK Cabinet Office IT team that they wanted better connectivity; greater choice of applications; to be able to be more mobile with more portable devices and to be able to collaborate on documents in real time.
The UK Cabinet Office Technology Transformation programme was established to replace an end-of-life outsourced IT service. The aim of the programme is to enable modern flexible ways of working and to provide civil servants with technology at least as good as they have at home.
Santa Clara, Calif., February 12, 2015 – Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, today announced several public sector focused activities, including the formation of the Palo Alto Networks Public Sector Advisory Council, which officially convened in 2014, and the appointment of Ryan Gillis as Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy.
Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, today announced its participation in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University on February 13, 2015, which will bring together government and industry leaders to help shape public and private sector efforts aimed at protecting American consumers and companies from growing cyber threats.