Palo Alto Networks Intros Prisma
February 17, 2021
work continues to change and needs to be done securely everywhere, with
no compromise on speed, security or performance, Prisma Access 2.0
introduces critical enhancements, including self-healing infrastructure
for optimal experience, ML-powered security to help prevent attacks in
real time, cloud SWG capabilities for a secure web gateway regardless of
user location, and a reimagined cloud management experience.
Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access 2.0 ensures the best possible security
outcomes by introducing a cloud-based management experience that
leapfrogs the competition by providing real-time security updates and
2020 fueled a massive cloud adoption to accommodate the rapid
embracement of work-from-home. While enterprises are challenged to
secure users, applications and data that are now everywhere, current
cloud-delivered security offerings provide limited application coverage
and inadequate protections: 53% of all remote workforce threats are for
non-web apps,* so solutions that only protect web applications leave
organizations exposed to threats.
Prisma Access, the market-leading solution, has taken a fundamentally
different approach, overcoming these limitations by protecting all
application traffic — not just web-based applications — with complete,
best-in-class security from a single cloud-delivered platform while
ensuring high-performance access and optimized user experience.
The Prisma Access 2.0 release extends this vision further and resets the
bar for cloud-delivered security. It does so while providing 10 times
more throughput than other solutions for a faster remote access
connection and 4.3 million security updates per day — about 25 times
more than the closest competitor — to help organizations rest assured
their users and data are secure.
Prisma Access 2.0 key performance, security and management
enhancements include the following:
New cloud management experience: Prisma Access 2.0 ensures the best
possible security outcomes by introducing a cloud-based management
experience that leapfrogs the competition by providing real-time
security updates and best practices.
New autonomous Digital Experience
Management (DEM): Prisma Access 2.0 can enable a self-healing
infrastructure that automatically remediates network problems, helping
to ensure an exceptional digital experience for remote workers.
New ML-powered security: Prisma
Access 2.0 uses inline machine learning to prevent unknown, zero-day
attacks in real time. It also uses machine learning to analyze vast
amounts of telemetry data to make automated security policy
recommendations — improving security faster than security teams would be
able to react.
New cloud secure web gateway (SWG)
capability: Palo Alto Networks has added an explicit proxy to the Prisma
Access Cloud SWG — so customers can easily migrate from legacy
proxy-based solutions to a complete cloud-delivered security platform
without the need for network architecture changes. Over time, customers
can easily transition to a more secure connection method in Prisma
Access that protects all apps, ports and protocols, not just web.
CloudBlades API-based platform
support: CloudBlades is a platform for third-party services integration
across the SASE solution. In Prisma Access 2.0, CloudBlades enables
qualified third-party security and infrastructure services to be easily
integrated, with the first being RBI services from leading vendors to
enable remote browser isolation.
Prisma Access 2.0 also adds
powerful IoT security capabilities to help organizations protect against
IoT threats without the need to deploy additional sensors or appliances;
CloudBlades to simplify and streamline the integration of
cloud-delivered third-party services starting with RBI services.
"Remote work is now a critical long-term strategy for most organizations
globally. As such, secure access to all apps with an optimized user
experience has become a business necessity," said Anand Oswal, senior
vice president and general manager, Firewall as a Platform, Palo Alto
Networks. "To achieve this, organizations have to rethink their security
architecture and move towards a cloud-delivered security model that can
connect any user, to any application, from anywhere."
it was quite unexpected, 2020 was the year that remote work became the
norm for millions around the world. Even with the optimism surrounding
COVID-19 vaccines in 2021, it is clear remote work is here to stay — and
the cloud is how they will get there," said Eric Parizo, principal
analyst, Omdia. "The organizations that succeed will be those that not
only keep their data safe from cyberattacks, but also ensure the digital
experience for their remote workers is smooth and reliable. Omdia
believes cloud-delivered security approaches like Prisma Access by Palo
Alto Networks will become the predominant architectural model to secure
and enable the future of work moving forward."
"Prisma Access has well anticipated the security needs of enterprise
workforces as they continue a fundamental shift to remote work. With
Prisma Access 2.0, our security experts can offer best-in-class security
solutions and services at scale to meet any connectivity need across the
enterprise," said Bill Buckalew, vice president, Go-to-Market at Optiv.
"Customers appreciate the standards it sets for reliability, access and