Palo Alto supports home network security with SASE

LOS ANGELES – MWC LA – Lee Klarich of Palo Alto says the emergence of a hybrid workforce during the pandemic has led to an increased need for zero-trust access to be ubiquitous across all employee devices – especially those used in home networks.

Business employees working from home are increasingly using a wider range of devices – both work and personal – to access business applications from home. Klarich says that means bad actors have an even broader landscape of potential avenues in corporate networks.

“The work environment has evolved; what we’ve observed is that the employee is using multiple devices to do their job,” said Klarich, executive vice president and chief purchasing officer of Palo Alto Networks. “They have their laptop at work, but they also have their personal computer, they have their phone, and they have a bunch of IoT devices in their home environment. All of that becomes the attack surface for attackers, not just the ‘work computer.’

Palo Alto’s solution for securing employees working anywhere is done primarily through its SASE platform, Prisma Access, which the security company integrated with its CloudGenix SD-WAN services in September.

Palo Alto’s acquisition of CloudGenix was a logical next step in the company’s SASE strategy, Lee Doyle, principal analyst for Doyle Research, told Light Reading earlier this year. Doyle said the acquisition positions Palo Alto well in the SASE market “as a leading network security vendor to compete with Fortinet, Cisco and Juniper who have strong SD-WAN capabilities.”

The company also recently launched Okyo Garde, an enterprise-grade cybersecurity service deployed through a mesh-enabled Wi-Fi 6 system, to improve home network cybersecurity for enterprise employees.

Additionally, Palo Alto recently integrated Prisma Access and Prisma SD-WAN under the Prisma SASE umbrella to provide SASE as a cloud service to its 2,500 SASE customers. Palo Alto also integrated its SD-WAN services with 5G last month.

“With Prisma Access, we can really provide whole-home security, to make sure all those other devices are also secure, and then the work device(s), depending on the user’s situation,” Klarich says. “They will specifically have access to enterprise apps and things like that.”

Many large security companies such as Palo Alto and Fortinet began their SD-WAN journey by partnering with SD-WAN vendors, appealing to customers who wanted a “branded” security service, or smaller organizations that did not Couldn’t afford Palo Alto before. security, for example. As Palo Alto develops its own SD-WAN and SASE services, Klarich says third-party integrations with other SD-WAN vendors continue to be a priority for Palo Alto.

“Our product philosophy has always been to make sure we work very, very well with third parties, even when third parties are potentially competitors of ours,” Klarich says. “Our first priority is to serve our customers and provide the best possible capabilities.”

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