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Palo Alto Networks Introduces Its Technology Partner Program
Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 04:05:07 PM

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 8, 2011 – Palo Alto Networks™, the network security company, today unveiled its first-ever technology partner program, a partnership of technology vendors committed to arming mutual customers with integrated solutions that fundamentally improve network security and risk management for enterprises. The extent to which Palo Alto Networks customers have gained visibility and control over their network traffic has spawned a desire to extend this functionality into adjacent areas of security and risk management. Palo Alto Networks' initial technology partners are as follows:

  • Arcsight, an HP Company
  • NetWitness Corporation
  • Q1 Labs
  • RSA, an EMC Company
  • Secure Passage
  • Solera Networks
  • Splunk
  • Tufin Technologies

"Companies are responding to technology changes at so many levels—from social media and IT consumerization to cloud-based services and new data center networks—that it's an ideal time for network security teams to be more in alignment with the business' objectives," said Punit Minocha, vice president of business and corporate development at Palo Alto Networks. "The application-based traffic that we illuminate for enterprises can now be leveraged through strategic partnerships with many of the most innovative companies in our industry."

Palo Alto Networks: The Established Next-Generation Firewall Market Leader

Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewall provides policy-based visibility and control over applications, users and content to over 3,000 enterprises worldwide. Only Palo Alto Networks customers can safely enable applications while scanning this content for threats and potential data leakage.

Palo Alto Networks has fixed the problems associated with traditional firewalls by combining three identification technologies that provide visibility and control over applications, users and content.

  • App-ID identifies exactly which applications are running on the network, as well as the associated risks, so administrators can deploy comprehensive application usage control policies for inbound and outbound traffic.
  • User-ID integrates with enterprise directory services (e.g. Microsoft Active Directory and other LDAP directories) to link network activity to users and groups—not just IP addresses—for application visibility, policy creation, logging and reporting.
  • Content-ID combines a real-time threat prevention engine with a comprehensive URL database to detect and block a wide range of threats, limit unauthorized transfer of files and data, and control non-work related Web surfing.

Information on more than 1,200 applications that are identified by Palo Alto Networks can be found in Applipedia, part of the company's Application and Threat Research Center.

Quotes from Our Technology Partners

"We are proud to be included as one of the initial members of Palo Alto Networks' partnership program," said Jody Brazil, president and CTO at FireMon. "Our customers have been quickly adopting the next generation firewall technology from Palo Alto Networks and have requested firewall management from FireMon to meet the new and complex challenges associated with next generation firewall management."

"Today's threat environment requires organizations to know everything that is happening on their networks and implement effective application controls," said Brian Girardi, vice president of product management at NetWitness Corporation. "The joint solution of NetWitness and Palo Alto Networks provides our mutual customers the precision, actionable intelligence, and technical agility needed to respond proactively to any emerging threat."

"Q1 Labs' goal is to provide customers with the ability to leverage all the information gathered from their networks and deliver the total security intelligence needed to drive their businesses. As a result, it's important for security vendors to work closely and integrate products that will allow customers to do that," said Tom Turner, senior vice president of marketing and channels at Q1 Labs.

"Palo Alto Networks is a recognized leader in the next-generation firewall market," said Steve Shillingford, CEO at Solera Networks. "Combining our active network forensics appliances with their innovative network security platform gives these companies another valuable tool in their arsenal to combat ever-changing and persistent attacks."

"We're excited to be part of Palo Alto Networks Panopoly Technology Partner Program," said Bill Gaylord, vice president of corporate and business development at Splunk. "Our Splunk for Palo Alto Networks App is a great example of how Palo Alto Networks customers can get immediate value from Splunk's IT data engine. The Splunk for PaloAlto App offers easy to deploy dashboards and visualizations of key risk metrics and security posture. The Splunk solution provides 'application level awareness' with unique insights into user behavior, resource utilization and granular access controls."

"Palo Alto Networks has quickly become a leading industry voice on how network security must evolve," said Shaul Efraim, vice president of products, marketing and business development at Tufin Technologies. "There is strong demand from our customers and channel partners to support Palo Alto Networks with the comprehensive firewall operations, auditing and compliance delivered in our market leading Tufin SecureTrack."

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