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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    Operation Lotus Blossom

    Operation Lotus Blossom describes a persistent cyber espionage campaign against government and military organizations in Southeast Asia. The report exposes the targets, tools, and attack techniques, and provides full details on the Lotus Blossom campaign, including all indicators of compromise. Unit 42 discovered these attacks using the Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus platform, which enables analysts to correlate the results of the hundreds of millions of reports generated by WildFire.

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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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    GSA and CMAS Government Contracts

    Information about the Palo Alto Networks products and services available on GSA CMAS contracts.

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    Regio IT

    IT service provider regio iT is a partner for city and district municipal authorities. With branches in Aachen and Gütersloh, regio iT helps around 320 customers and 20,500 clients from the municipal field meet challenges brought on by rapid development in the IT world and increasing cost pressures. regio iT’s current 340 employees take on the tasks of operating and supporting database and server systems as well as entire IT infrastructures for energy suppliers, waste disposal companies, schools, and non-profit organizations, and of managing the data of citizens within the region. Available in German.

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    Moving Beyond Proxies

    This whitepaper highlights the short comings of proxies, and showcases how a next generation security platform can provide faster, simpler and more comprehensive security.

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