Palo Alto bolsters network security with built-in deep learning protection

Network security is a proactive behavior. Cultivating reliable and secure network connectivity and access requires measured maneuvers, thorough planning, and getting the right things in place. Innovation offers a modern approach, as attacks continue to grow in sophistication, business and the IoT can turn to the cloud for protection.

Cybersecurity leader Palo Alto Networks announced a counterattack to attacks by deploying the fourth generation of PA-3400 and PA-5400 Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) and unveiled PAN-OS 10.2 Nebula.

At the heart of Nebula’s upgrade is online deep learning, an industry first for zero-day threat collection, analysis and interpretation. This translates to nearly 50% more evasive threats detected and six times faster prevention. The release includes several new and improved security services.

IoT Security 2.0 provides device visibility and leverages ML to ensure automated policy creation for visible and invisible devices. Advanced Threat Prevention unveils a new Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), using AI and deep learning techniques in the cloud, taking analysis ‘offline’, ‘online’.

Advanced URL Filtering offers real-time, online analysis based on deep learning to protect against web attacks, ransomware and evasive attacks. AIOps is here. The new service relies on ML to predict NGFW disruptions before a negative impact greater than 50%. Palo has extended DNS security to defend against advanced DNS-based attacks, boasting 40% better DNS threat coverage than the competition.

“Palo Alto Networks’ industry-leading machine learning-based platform applies techniques that help customers manage sophisticated threats and meet end-to-end demands for network, endpoint, and cloud. The company enables enterprises to go beyond standard threat protection by building a strong security posture and resiliency,” said Rajarshi Dhar, industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

In PA-3400 and PA-5400 Series ML-Powered NGFWs, Palo Alto promises a three-fold improvement in security performance, covering the most rugged data center, smallest branch office, enterprise campus and the periphery of the company. Along with improved performance, the new firewalls offer up to half the rack space utilization and better power efficiency.

“Security approaches too often depend on exploiting an initial victim. Yet, with attackers as nimble and efficient as they are today, organizations need real-time prevention to protect their environments,” noted John Grady, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. (ESG). “Palo Alto Networks recognizes these issues and is extending its machine learning capabilities by putting deep learning detection inline to prevent attacks before they affect the victim.”

Palo Alto is a pioneer in network security, occupying the next frontier in enterprise and IoT security.

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Edited by Luke Bellos

Kevin M. Risinger