Traditional components for protecting a network infrastructure often include a firewall and intrusion prevention technology. Palo Alto Networks has now added a third component together with a completely new WF-500 appliance for the inspection and detection of malware and so-called APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats) at a stage when antivirus software and firewalls are not yet able to see them.
The WF-500 is a “sandbox” appliance which is at the client’s location where it uses the cloud-based WildFire security service. The idea behind WildFire is that it is a security service capable of analysing files and network traffic for suspicious behaviour and hidden malware.
Panorama offers the option of managing your distributed network of Palo Alto firewalls from a central location. Insight into all your firewall traffic; manage all aspects of the firewall settings; send global policies to the firewalls and generate reports about traffic patterns or security incidents - all from a central location. Panorama is available both as a free-standing management device and as a virtual machine.
With the M-100 you can execute Panorama management and logging functions on a dedicated device, or you can separate the functions in a distributed manner for better performance and scalability.
You can also use Panorama as a virtual appliance on VMware ESX (i) so that your virtualisation environment is used properly and to consolidate rack space.
GlobalProtect offers a unique, integrated mobile security solution for mobile devices being used for business purposes. It comprises three key components: GlobalProtect Gateway (available on the Palo Alto Networks next generation network security platform), GlobalProtect Mobile Security Manager (available on the Palo Alto Networks GP-100 device) and GlobalProtect App (available for iOS and Android devices).
GlobalProtect Mobile Security Manager is available on the GP-100 platform and offers device management, malware detection and passes device information on to the GlobalProtect Gateway.
Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), zero-day attacks and malware present a major security problem that is becoming increasingly smarter, making it trickier to shield your network against them. Recent research by Palo Alto Networks has revealed that 94% of all unknown malware is introduced via web browsing and that this is only intercepted by antivirus software after an average of 20 days. Malware has various objectives, such as installing spyware, stealing sensitive information or to initiate a DDos attack.
Traditional components for protecting a network infrastructure often include a firewall and intrusion prevention technology. To combat the increasing growth of malware, Palo Alto Networks has come up with a solution. Wildfire inspects and detects malware and so-called APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats) at a stage when antivirus software and firewalls are not yet able to see them. Along with the unique App ID, User ID and Content ID features, WildFire provides the best network security.
Palo Alto Networks WildFire is an out-of-band or cloud solution which runs in parallel across the network. The system checks every unknown IP package in a virtualised “sandbox” environment and observes what happens after installation. As such, the WildFire not only looks at known “signatures”, it also inspects the behaviour of a file after it has been opened. This allows malware, a virus or a zero-day attack to be detected at the earliest possible stage.
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