There’s no question that mobility is changing the way that people live and work. Smartphones and tablets are becoming extensions of one’s lifestyle, with people developing deep affinities for the platform of their choice. As a result, there is a growing trend for individuals to make their own choices about the device they want to use for both business and personal reasons.
In the past, users used to pick their mobile platform from a menu of choices approved by the company. Today, users are ordering off the menu, choosing devices that may or may not have been evaluated for use by the IT department. IT security teams are now faced with the challenge of how to let users use their device of choice while maintaining protection of the data.
There are many approaches towards mobile security on the market, ranging from containers, virtual desktops, and mobile device management platforms. Each of these technologies has use cases which are applicable in certain situations, but in addition, each of them also have limitations as well. What’s missing is the use of network security to provide comprehensive protection and enforcement of policy.
The network is optimally situated between users, applications and devices, and thus it’s in the optimal location to enforce policy. A mobile solution must be able to bring users to the network, and then implement security controls on what they may do.
At Palo Alto Networks, we believe that the combination of the next-generation firewall, GlobalProtect and products from our technology partners are the proper components for providing network security for mobile devices across the full range of use cases. With the introduction of GlobalProtect for iOS, organizations can extend the protection of the next-generation firewall to iPhones, iPads and iPods. This solution allows organizations to protect the traffic, protect the data, and ensure that the device is ok for use in the corporate environment. These measures allow the network to provide safe enablement of mobile devices while providing the level of security that the IT organization needs.
I encourage you to visit the Mobility Solution page to find out more. In addition, our CEO, Mark McLaughlin, recently appeared on Fox Business and discussed mobility trends as well. If you are concerned about how to safely enable mobile devices, I encourage you to take a deeper dive in what Palo Alto Networks can do for you.
Today we took another step forward with Splunk, introducing a joint solution that takes security intelligence across the enterprise to a new level. Working together, the companies have released the newest Splunk App for Palo Alto Networks, enabling organizations to leverage the unique and context-rich data generated by Palo Alto Networks, including information on APTs from WildFire, in the Splunk application. This enables customers to not only visualize application, user, content and network data, but also to correlate data from other sources to better analyze risk, improve security posture, and address additional operational and regulatory concerns.
For those who missed it, Gartner, Inc. recently released its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls and it gives me pleasure to announce that we are again positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant. If you’re interested in reading the full report and see all of Gartner’s findings, you can get it here.
While the full report has a number of interesting data points about the enterprise network firewall market that are worth noting, there are three that I find particularly interesting and want to highlight to you.
- Gartner’s report offered guidance to customers on what they should assess when they’re analyzing next-generation firewall (NGFW) capabilities. According to Gartner, “Advances in threats have driven mainstream firewall demand for next-generation firewall capabilities. Buyers should focus on the quality, not quantity, of the features and the R&D behind them. This market includes mature vendors and new entrants.”
- The report also reflects on the increasing install and purchasing rates of next-generation firewalls by stating that, “Less than 10% of Internet connections today are secured using NGFWs. By year-end 2014, this will rise to 35% of the installed base, with 60% of new purchases being NGFWs.”
- Gartner reports that customers are not necessarily looking for a homogenous vendor environment when it comes to their network, sharing research that shows, “Through 2015, more than 75% of enterprises will continue to seek network security from a vendor different from their infrastructure vendor.”
Our interpretation of Gartner’s report, and these data points, lead us to believe that enterprises continue the widespread migration to NGFWs and the report articulates the reasons why. While these were the highlights that stood out to me, there’s much more worth reading in the entire Magic Quadrant report and I encourage you to read the complete report to learn about all of Gartner’s findings.
I wanted to close by sharing feedback one of our customers gave us after reading Gartner’s report:
“Gartner’s evaluation of Palo Alto Networks technology is refreshing to me. Four years ago we needed to refresh our firewall/IDS/IPS/web protection strategy. It was clear to me that this technology vertical needed to be reinvented. I realized then that Palo Alto was a game changer. Our investment in Palo Alto technology over the years has been critical to the success of our organization.”
We thank our customers – our partners in this journey – that continue to advocate to their peers, stakeholders, and the broader analyst community that Palo Alto Networks is the definitive leader in this transformed network security market.