Hold the Phone – Palo Alto Networks Now in SD-WAN!

It was only a matter of time.

A few weeks ago we told you about Riverbed’s efforts in SD-WAN and cybersecurity, then Fortinet’s and finally, Menlo Security joining the VMWare SD-WAN Security Technology Partner Program.

The point? There is tighter and tighter integration of SD-WAN and cybersecurity.

Moreover, there are different vendors in each of these spaces – except for the three mentioned above and perhaps a few others like Juniper and Cisco.

Palo Alto is an absolute monster in cybersecurity… A well-trusted and known name. They have just announced a secure access service edge.

The company’s new cloud-delivered SD-WAN and data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities in Prisma Access, the company’s secure access service edge (SASE) platform. Prisma Access delivers end-to-end networking and security services from a globally distributed cloud platform.

Lee Klarich, chief product officer at Palo Alto Networks

“As applications are increasingly delivered from the cloud and users become more mobile, organizations are being forced to rethink the way they deploy networking and security,” said Lee Klarich, chief product officer at Palo Alto Networks. “To connect and secure organizations now and in the future, we believe that networking and security must converge in the cloud. Unlike traditional approaches to SD-WAN that compromise on security, add complexity and deliver unpredictable performance when users are accessing cloud applications, Prisma Access delivers a simple, secure and high-performance SD-WAN fabric from the cloud.”

Companies already rely on Prisma Access for its consistent delivery of comprehensive networking and security services, including IPsec VPN, SSL VPN, cloud-delivered malware analysis, DNS Security, and URL filtering capabilities. Prisma Access also provides inline SaaS application visibility and control and integrates with Prisma SaaS for API-based protection, delivering a complete multi-mode CASB.

With the introduction of new SD-WAN features and a DLP service, Palo Alto Networks is both enhancing the Prisma Access platform and extending its SASE capabilities:

  • New Prisma Access SD-WAN service: Traditional approaches to SD-WAN expose organizations to security risks, deliver unreliable end-to-end performance and increase network complexity. With this release, Palo Alto Networks is delivering end-to-end SD-WAN infrastructure, with Prisma Access operating as the cloud-based SD-WAN hub and next-generation firewalls operating as the SD-WAN appliances in the branch.
  • New cloud-based management user interface: Existing Palo Alto Networks customers have enjoyed the ability to manage Prisma Access from their familiar Panorama management console, which enables consistent security policy to be applied across physical and virtual firewalls, as well as the cloud. For customers born in the cloud, Palo Alto Networks is introducing a reimagined workflow-based interface, delivered as a service from the cloud, to simplify the process of configuring and managing SASE.
  • New SaaS service-level agreements: As organizations adopt cloud-based services, service-level agreements are essential in defining a service provider’s commitment to critical areas like performance, availability, security and more. Prisma Access guarantees the performance of SaaS application access, extending the existing uptime and security processing performance SLAs.
  • New advanced DLP service: The new advanced DLP service for Prisma Access helps mitigate the risk of data exfiltration and non-compliance by discovering, monitoring and protecting sensitive data. The new DLP engine will initially support Prisma Access and Prisma SaaS to detect data in motion over the network and at rest in public cloud storage locations. The service will become available across all Palo Alto Networks products in the future, enabling consistent data protection across the enterprise.

What this means for the future of SD-WAN is a tighter tie-in with traditional cybersecurity vendors. Yes, M&A will increase as a result – each side gobbling the other. Over time – we will see SD-WAN considered an important part of the overall cybersecurity market.

Differentiation will still be possible – check out the amazing things NetFoundry is doing… We just covered this news two-days ago.

In conclusion, welcome, Palo Alto to the SD-WAN space.

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