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 on all employee devices ?? especially those used in home networks.
Employees of businesses working from home are increasingly using a wider range of devices ?? business and personal devices ?? to access business applications from home. Klarich says this means bad actors have an even wider landscape of potential avenues in corporate networks.
“The work environment has evolved; what we have observed is that the employee uses multiple devices to do their job, ”says Klarich, EVP and CPO of Palo Alto Networks. “They have their laptops at work, but they also have their personal computers, they have their phones, and they have a bunch of IoT devices in their home environment. It all becomes the attack surface for attackers, not just the attacker. ‘work computer. ”
Palo Alto’s solution to 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, senior 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 provider to compete with Fortinet, Cisco and Juniper which have strong SD-WAN capabilities.”
The company also recently launched Okyo Guard, an enterprise-grade cybersecurity service deployed through a Wi-Fi 6 mesh system, to improve cybersecurity in home networks for company employees.
In addition, Palo Alto recently integrated Prisma Access and Prisma SD-WAN under the umbrella of Prisma SASE 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 actually provide security for the whole house, to make sure that all of those other devices are also secure and then the device (s) at work, depending on the user’s situation,” Klarich explains. . “They will have specific access to corporate applications and things like that.”
Many large security companies such as Palo Alto and Fortinet started their SD-WAN journeys by partnering with SD-WAN vendors, attracting customers who wanted a “branded” security service, or small organizations who wanted a “branded” security service. previously could not afford the services of Palo Alto. security, for example. As Palo Alto develops its own SD-WAN and SASE services, Klarich states that third-party integrations with other SD-WAN vendors remain a priority for Palo Alto.
“Our product philosophy has always been to make sure that we work very, very well with third parties, even when third parties are potentially our competitors,” says Klarich. “Our first priority is to offer our customers the best possible capabilities. ”
– Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading