Story image

Palo Alto releases new, feature-rich firewall

14 Feb 2019

Palo Alto Networks has released several new capabilities that predict malicious attacks and use automation to stop them in progress. 

Firewall customers who upgrade to PAN-OS version 9.0 will get access to these new security capabilities, over 60 new features and new tools for easily implementing security best practices.  

"At Palo Alto Networks, we're focused on simplifying security by using analytics and automation," says chief product officer Lee Klarich. 

"Customers choose our next-generation firewall platform because of our commitment to continuous innovation and our focus on reducing the need for standalone products. Today's announcements include our new DNS Security service, which uses machine learning to stop stealthy attacks aimed at stealing information from legitimate businesses."

Among the new capabilities are:

  • A new DNS Security service that uses machine learning to proactively block malicious domains and stop attacks in progress.

According to Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 researchers, nearly 80% of all malware uses DNS to establish command-and-control, making it difficult to spot and stop attacks. 

  • The PA-7000 Series, with new network processing cards, offers threat prevention at speeds up to twice as fast as others and delivers decryption three times faster than before.

Customers with large data centres, high volumes of encrypted traffic, and a growing ecosystem of IoT devices need performance without compromising security. 

  • The new Policy Optimiser helps security teams replace legacy rules with policies that provide better security and are easier to manage.

Taking the complexity out of managing scores of rules reduces human error, which is a leading cause of data breaches.

  • The VM-Series now provides the broadest range of public cloud and virtualised data center environments by adding support for Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Cisco Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) and Nutanix.

Organisations want consistent security across multiple public clouds and virtualised data centres.  

Firewall throughput performance improvements for AWS and Azure of up to 2.5X, combined with autoscaling and transitive architectures, allow customers to automate security for dynamic and large-scale public cloud deployments.

Additionally, Palo Alto Networks announced the general availability of the K2-Series, the industry's first 5G-ready next-generation firewall, specifically developed for service providers with 5G and IoT requirements in mind. 

Lenovo outlines new range of Legion mobile gaming devices
The newest offerings include the latest Intel processors and NVIDIA GPUs to support modern gaming needs.
IDC: Manufacturing driving digital transformation spending in 2019
IDC forecasts global DX spending to reach US$1.18 trillion in 2019, an increase of 17.9% over 2018.
Intel announces “most powerful mobile processors ever”
Improvements in performance, responsiveness and Wi-Fi connectivity will be rolling out for gamers and creators alike.
Application virtualisation market to reach $5bn by 2024
According to a report by KBV Research, cost-saving and productivity benefits will drive the market over the next 5 years.
Slack's 2019 feature roadmap unveiled
Including shared channels across organisations, workflow automation, greater email and calendar integration, and streamlined search.
Data#3 wins learning and development award two years running
Chief Learning Officer magazine’s LearningElite programme honours the best organisations for learning and development.
emt Distribution adds risk intelligence vendor
Flashpoint has signed emt Distribution to provide channel partners in Oceania and South East Asia a solution for illicit threat actor communities.
Intel releases 8th gen vPro mobile processors
This generation promises longer battery life, better performance, and comes with a built-in hardware security solution, Intel Hardware Shield.