Palo Alto and VMware intensify mobile protection

Palo Alto Networks and VMware are expanding their partnership deal to address mobile security demands in the channel

Palo Alto Networks and VMware are expanding their existing partnership deal to address mobile security demands in the channel.


With mobile working expected as the norm across many industries and businesses, the added security remains a challenge for organisations with a growing need to protect business information and applications accessed via devices of increasing variety.

“In a world of rising mobile threats Palo Alto Networks and VMware are building upon the comprehensive AirWatch mobility platform to provide another layer of security, automation and ease of management for customers around the globe, commented” said Noah Wasmer, vice president, End-User Computing, VMware.

The extension of the strategic alliance will integrate the firms enterprise security and mobile management technologies to give organizations a combination of mobile device management (MDM.) with advanced threat prevention for secure enterprise BYOD support, with its added challenge of privacy of personal transactions.

“Employees love the flexibility that using their mobile devices for business provides them, but IT teams often struggle to enforce security policies without compromising usability,” said Lee Klarich, senior vice president of product management at Palo Alto Networks.

“Integrating our Next-Generation Firewall, WildFire and GlobalProtect technologies with the AirWatch platform addresses the concerns of both parties, giving users a positive mobile experience while existing security policies are enforced," he said.

These technologies will help customers enforce security policy to protect networks from unauthorized or infected devices, provide the appropriate level of access to apps and data for mobile users, and enable mobile devices to be properly configured for business use and connection to a global threat intelligence service to identify and eradicate malicious content. 

To this end, Palo Alto has also announced Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus cyber threat intelligence service, providing prioritized, actionable intelligence designed to give customers a clear advantage under the increasing threat of attack.

“The Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus threat intelligence service enables security teams to significantly close the gap on the time it takes to identify and prevent advanced, targeted cyber attacks,” said Klarich.

The solution gives the clients access to contextual intelligence based on files collected from 5000 targeted organisations routinely targeted by attacks avoiding security practitioners difficulty in recognizing unique, targeted attacks facing their organization when viewing thousands of unrelated out of context alerts.

“By putting cyber threats in a context that speaks specifically to their network and industry, using the largest data set aggregated across customers and industries,” continued Klarich, “we are helping customers around the world take a more strategic approach to securing their organizations.”


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