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Palo Alto Networks bolsters cloud native security offerings
Thu, 30th Jun 2022
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Over the last two years, organisations have expanded their use of cloud environments by more than 25%. Many are now struggling to manage the technical complexity of cloud migration, including the ability to secure their applications across the entire application development lifecycle.

In response, Palo Alto Networks has announced the addition of Out-of-Band Web Application and API Security (Out-of-Band WAAS) to Prisma Cloud to help organisations secure web applications with maximum flexibility.

Until now, a primary industry approach to securing web applications has been to deploy inline web application firewalls (WAFs). Some organisations are reluctant to introduce WAFs or API security solutions inline, however, due to performance and scalability concerns. With todays announcement, Prisma Cloud can provide organisations with deep web and API security both inline and out of band, allowing them to choose how to protect their applications in the cloud.

"Companies no longer have to decide between application security and performance. By adding Out-of-Band WAAS to Prisma Cloud, we are empowering customers with flexible security options that fit their evolving application needs," says Ankur Shah, senior vice president, Prisma Cloud, Palo Alto Networks.

"As more organisations move workloads to the cloud, the capabilities that make up Prisma Cloud help provide the most complete protection, reducing complexity and increasing visibility across infrastructure, workloads, identities and applications," he says.

As organisations increasingly build and deploy their applications in the cloud, protecting their business-critical applications without impacting performance has been a challenge, said Melinda Marks, senior analyst, ESG. Adding the option of Out-of-Band WAAS helps both developer and security teams secure their applications with the same level of security as traditional in-line WAFs and API security without impacting performance.

In addition to Out-of-Band WAAS, Prisma Cloud is getting new threat detection, alert prioritisation and permissions management capabilities to help provide organisations with deeper, unified visibility across their entire cloud application portfolio:

  • Multicloud Graph View for Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM): Discover over-privileged accounts and understand access risk across multicloud environments. Prisma Cloud now provides a graph view of the net effective permissions across AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.
  • Multicloud Agentless Cloud Workload Protection: Extend visibility into cloud workloads and application risks across Azure and Google Cloud, in addition to AWS, to complement existing agent-based protection.
  • DNS-Based Threat Detection: Surface malicious activity and anomalous behaviour in cloud environments. Prisma Cloud Threat Detection now leverages machine learning (ML) and advanced threat intelligence to identify bad actors hiding in DNS traffic.
  • MITRE ATT-CK Alert Prioritisation: Enable security teams to prioritise risks and incidents based on the industry's most widely adopted framework.

Out-of-band WAAS is available now for Prisma Cloud Compute Edition and will be available in the Enterprise Edition over the next month. The additional features will also roll out for Prisma Cloud Enterprise Edition over the next month.