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Palo Alto Networks Announces Several Key Partners Delivering Managed Security Services With Its Next-Generation Firewalls

BT Global Services, Dell SecureWorks, Solutionary, Symantec and Verizon are now providing company's managed security services

SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 22, 2011 - Palo Alto Networks™, the network security company, has announced that BT Global Services, Dell SecureWorks, Solutionary, Symantec and Verizon are now providing managed security services for the rapidly expanding, global footprint of Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall customers. Palo Alto Networks substantially reduces the time and effort required for the initial creation of services and integration with existing system and service management platforms.

Palo Alto Networks provides its partners with a powerful collection of tools and mechanisms that support these service providers across the full spectrum of potential offerings – from relatively low impact monitoring and reporting to comprehensive management of an enterprise's existing network security devices and turnkey arrangements that entail full ownership and responsibility from initial deployment and provisioning onward. Specific examples of these tools and mechanisms include a powerful XML API for management purposes; custom logging capabilities; a reference implementation for a customer portal; and robust provisioning capabilities.

For more information on managed security services with Palo Alto Networks, see here.

"The Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall represents an outstanding opportunity for service providers looking to offer managed network security services, either individually or as part of a more holistic cloud or customer premise solution," said Punit Minocha, vice president of corporate and business development at Palo Alto Networks. "Through these partnerships, we are able to present customers with a solution that is highly differentiated – in functionality and performance – while is supported by their preferred managed services partner."

Palo Alto Networks: The Established Next-Generation Firewall Market Leader Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewall provides policy-based visibility and control over applications, users and content to over 4,500 enterprises worldwide. Only Palo Alto Networks customers can safely enable applications while scanning this content for threats and potential data leakage.

Palo Alto Networks has fixed the problems associated with traditional firewalls by combining three identification technologies that provide visibility and control over applications, users and content. App-ID identifies exactly which applications are running on the network, as well as the associated risks, so administrators can deploy comprehensive application usage control policies for inbound and outbound traffic. User-ID integrates with enterprise directory services (e.g. Microsoft Active Directory and other LDAP directories) to link network activity to users and groups—not just IP addresses—for application visibility, policy creation, logging and reporting. Content-ID combines a real-time threat prevention engine with a comprehensive URL database to detect and block a wide range of threats, limit unauthorized transfer of files and data, and control non-work related Web surfing.

Information on more than 1,300 applications that are identified by Palo Alto Networks can be found in Applipedia, part of the company's Application and Threat Research Center. Visit the online resource to find the latest news, commentary, and discoveries on applications and threats at http://www.paloaltonetworks.com/researchcenter/.

Quotes from Managed Security Services Partners "Dell SecureWorks is focused on providing customers with exceptional managed security solutions that help address legitimate cyber threats targeting organizations," said Dan DeRosa, director of product management, Dell SecureWorks. "Working with Palo Alto Networks allows Dell SecureWorks to deliver service to customers leveraging an industry-leading technology to help address emerging cyber threats. This is especially important as the use of cloud-based services, social networking and mobile computing has become common in enterprise organizations."

"Palo Alto Networks has reinvented the firewall, making organizations more secure while allowing them to decrease the number of disparate solutions they are supporting in their infrastructure," said Jarrett Miller, vice president of channel sales for Solutionary. "Solutionary managed security services allow clients to fully-leverage the benefits of next-generation firewalls and reduce the cost of management. Since Solutionary and Palo Alto Networks share an extensive reseller channel, customers will be able to more easily package products and services together for a complete solution."

"Symantec Managed Security Services combine edge to endpoint visibility with unparalleled threat intelligence and analysis to keep our customers ahead of the latest threats," said Steve Parrott, director of product management, Managed Security Services at Symantec. "We anticipate that joining forces with Palo Alto Networks will help us extend this visibility and intelligence at the increasingly important application and content layer."

About Palo Alto Networks Palo Alto Networks™ is the network security company. Its next-generation firewalls enable unprecedented visibility and granular policy control of applications and content – by user, not just IP address – at up to 20Gbps with no performance degradation. Based on patent-pending App-ID™ technology, Palo Alto Networks firewalls accurately identify and control applications – regardless of port, protocol, evasive tactic or SSL encryption – and scan content to stop threats and prevent data leakage. Enterprises can for the first time embrace Web 2.0 and maintain complete visibility and control, while significantly reducing total cost of ownership through device consolidation. Most recently, Palo Alto Networks has enabled enterprises to extend this same network security to remote users with the release of GlobalProtect™. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.

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