Governments are evolving – to meet the diverse needs for more data for more users – citizens, warfighters, patients, students, contractors – in more places than ever before. Smart Government initiatives are driving innovative approaches to how governments can leverage data from more constituents and smart sensors are changing the way militaries can use real-time data from far afield. Adversaries will always want to harness this data themselves, and have the potential to disrupt communications. Government networks and endpoints – regardless of where they are and who they serve – must be secured, with more flexibility and improved threat visibility and prevention.


Palo Alto Networks, Inc. serves global governments – federal/national, provincial, state, local and tribal – in the following areas:

  • Securing public, private, and hybrid cloud including AWS GovCloud and Office365 environments;
  • Securing Smart Gov initiatives;
  • Securing civilian and military ICS/SCADA environments;
  • Protection at the department, mission, function and network perimeter - verifying the legitimacy of users and the applications that they use and protection against every step of the cyber attack life cycle;
  • Securing mobile users, with policies that follow government users off-network.


  • For one very large military customer, the threat vector was eliminated by 90% just by turning on Palo Alto Networks in their infrastructure.
  • One of the largest U.S. civilian agencies reduced their footprint from 80 devices to 8 Palo Alto Networks platforms and immediately found threats they had not caught previously.
  • It’s not just about the threats – in these lean fiscal times, our government customers favor the total cost of ownership of our security platform. Not only do they achieve improved protection, they experience tremendous cost savings.
  • Governments love our ease and simplicity – One of the largest agencies in the U.S. government deployed our platforms across 4 gateways in just 5 months.

    Palo Alto Networks Public Sector Advisory Council is an organization of former senior military and civilian leaders who advise Palo Alto Networks on the cybersecurity challenges and technology needs of the world's governments.



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    Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

    The U.S. Government’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program “support(s) … government-wide and agency-specific efforts to provide adequate, risk-based, and cost-effective cybersecurity.” The CDM program is designed to roll out in three phases. 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.

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    Government Endpoint Use Case

    Read how government endpoints can be protected against today’s threat environment with minimal disruptions to operations while meeting the needs of end users.

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    US Government

    As one of the largest, this U.S. Agency serves over 400,000 users with a large external user base, numerous outlying facilities globally and operates on a budget of over $100 billion. Originally looking to refresh their URL filtering, they quickly discovered much more security for their dollar, and ultimately scaled with our firewall and IPS/IDS solution. This Case Study available in Japanese and German.

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    Government: Securing Your Virtual Data Center on AWS

    With our new data-driven culture, data must be and is everywhere. Everyone—Minister to citizen, military or civilian student to patient, sister military force to civilian employee—becomes both the supplier and the consumer of the government’s information. We are benefiting from the tremendous changes in how/when/why we access what data. This paper explains how Palo Alto Networks VM-Series can provide threat prevention across your AWS GovCloud or C2S environments.

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    Multinational Defense Agency

    Being a high profile government organization, this multinational Defense Agency needed to ensure a secondary layer of defense for its network at the edge, and for both its restricted and secure networks. Serving up to 10,000 users, its current solution was costly and was not from a preferred country of origin. This Case Study available in Japanese and German.

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    State of Colorado

    A large and diverse state, Colorado faces more than 8.4 million cyberthreats per day, many of which are highly customized and targeted to circumvent traditional defenses. A mix of legacy network firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs) deployed across various state departments and agencies became too costly and time-consuming to keep up with a constantly evolving threat landscape. Colorado chose the Palo Alto Networks® Next-Generation Security Platform to transform its security infrastructure, gaining greater visibility and control over network traffic with intelligent and automated prevention against known and unknown cyberthreats. This comprehensive security solution is a core component of the state’s Secure Colorado initiative, which aims to safeguard network assets while enabling employees unencumbered access to information, so agencies can provide efficient, effective services to Coloradans.

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