Shaping the Future of Transportation With Secure Clouds

Dharminder Debisarun

Category: Cloud Computing

Globalization has transformed the transportation industry in the last two decades, and emerging technologies – such as the connected car, autonomous vehicles, the rise of smart cities, location-based services and new business models – are forcing various stakeholders, from businesses to regulators, to work better together.

We see this in every area of transportation. The two-way communication between a vehicle and the cloud offers a wealth of possibilities. We can access such up-to-date content as the latest maps and software features. OEMs can gather diagnostic data from vehicles on the road to detect, analyze and address issues in record time. Data gathered from the car can then be sent to the servicing dealer ahead of time to help improve scheduling and provide faster, better service.

In aviation, automating maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) workflows – using cloud-based systems that can include mobility support – are generating a reduction in inventory levels while service levels go up. Improving the design of service strategies is leading to more integrated MRO strategies industry-wide.

Railways are using cloud computing to digitize networks for enabling faster connectivity at a reduced cost. Cloud infrastructure maximizes the use of available servers and storage so that bigger data and more applications can be accommodated within the same server space. Legacy railway applications have separate servers that increase the cost of operations and purchases.

Security, compliance and regulatory restrictions in the cloud are key for successful experiences in all of these examples. In day-to-day operations, you are dealing with development teams, security teams, cloud teams, system operation teams, different cloud vendors, scattered data/assets and multiple compliance requirements. Because of all these outside influences, managing and securing your workload can become a challenge. You need continuous, consistent protection for your cloud workloads, and you also need to be compliant – regardless of the infrastructure (IaaS) or platform (PaaS) on which they reside.

Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform makes cloud security agnostic by protecting your critical workloads and data seamlessly, with a set of advanced security capabilities and consistent protection across all locations and clouds. We do this by deploying:

  • In-line security with next-generation firewall capabilities.
  • API services for discovering and monitoring resources for deep visibility.
  • Storage services for eliminating the risk of data leakage or exposure.
  • Automated compliance reporting to help organizations improve cloud security and compliance.
  • Advanced machine learning via a lightweight agent on the host for real-time exploit, malware and zero-day protection.

This solution helps the transportation industry get new products and services to market quickly, in a secure way, and allows you to work in the most effective and productive way possible. Also, you could consider using multiple cloud services to create an even more efficient and secure cloud ecosystem to get ahead of the competition.

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