Is the firewall obsolete? Probably not, but current implementations were never designed to cope with the threats posed by Webmail, various social networking tools, and even popular corporate collaboration applications like SharePoint and WebEx.
Health care providers are an interesting situation with regard to network security. Like many industries, they’re dealing with rapid technological change in the face of a variety of regulations – in the U.S. health care industry it’s HIPAA and HITECH, and PCI – focused on the portability, security and privacy of PHI and the security of patients’ credit card data, respectively.
The Boy Billionaire, aka Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has done it again. His proposal to turn Facebook messaging into a sort of universal communications platform is probably the worst idea of the year. It's bad for the privacy of users and for corporate IT, which will have to deal with a huge spike in hard-to-defend Webmail.
When pitching venture firms, entrepreneurs typically include a slide that shows revenue curving sharply up and to the right shortly after launch – what’s known as the “hockey stick” – but even the best companies rarely meet those projections.
There are several realities that typically fall outside of the approved enterprise communications mechanisms. These applications can enhance business responsiveness and performance – but, conversely – introduce inbound risks such as malware and vulnerability exploits, and outbound risks such as data loss and inadvertent sharing of private or proprietary data.
In its latest edition of the Application Usage and Risk Report, Palo Alto Networks draws attention to several realities that typically fall outside of the approved enterprise communications mechanisms.
Software applications that enable employees to communicate personally with each other, participate in social networks and share files with one another are being used in 96 percent of the organizations recently studied, and account for about one-quarter of the total bandwidth being consumed by those organizations.
Next-generation firewalls, or application-aware firewalls, have enjoyed well-deserved hype from network engineers and analysts, but the technology is still evolving. Many enterprises are also holding onto their old port and protocol firewalls, at least for now.
The war is over and, in case you missed it, IT lost. The once ferocious attempts to guard the corporate perimeters against unapproved devices and applications is sputtering to an end because, frankly, all but myopic IT diehards recognize this is battle that's already over.
IT is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. And these days it takes a team of talented technology professionals, each with his or her own special expertise, to carry out mission-critical assignments.
Network security upstart Palo Alto Networks has signed distribution agreements with Westcon Group and Computerlinks, marking the first time Palo Alto's security products will be sold through two-tier distribution in North America.
Palo Alto Networks has a concise message for channel partners: The security company was cash-flow positive in its most recent quarter, and is looking to double its business in the year ahead. To assist with that effort, Palo Alto Networks has recruited roughly 150 channel partners and is now working with two distributors: Westcon Group and Computerlinks.
Palo Alto Networks, the three-year-old networking security vendor, has moved to two-tier distribution, signing with Westcon and Computerlinks. And Westcon has a new many to handle its security division, former Avnet executive Andrew Warren.
As you probably know, last year Gartner recommended that enterprises migrate from stand-alone IPS to next-generation firewalls for performing IPS functions. While this advice made intuitive sense based on the tight relationship between apps and threats, there was nevertheless a lack of empirical evidence to confirm that a next-generation firewall could actually stand up to the challenge of being a true IPS – until now.
Traditionally, firewalls have been designed to be cornerstone of network security. But, in reality legacy firewalls are no longer an effective security solution to manage the risks and rewards of today’s Internet applications in the enterprise.