Palo Alto Networks Partners with Amazon to Bring Next-Generation Firewall Service to AWS
Network security specialist Palo Alto Networks Inc. today announced a new partnership with Amazon Web Services Inc. to provide a next-generation firewall service to secure AWS deployments.
Palo Alto Networks Cloud NGFW for AWS, exclusively available on AWS, brings Palo Alto Networks security to organizations with just a few clicks. Touted as enabling organizations to accelerate their pace of innovation while remaining highly secure, Cloud NGFW for AWS recognizes that customers want to spend their time and resources building applications and running their business instead of manage cloud network security infrastructure.
Cloud NGFW for AWS is said to transfer operational responsibility, including deployment, maintenance, availability, and scale, to Palo Alto Networks.
The service includes advanced URL filtering that uses deep learning to help stop zero-day or newly discovered web threats in real time while allowing applications to securely connect to services legitimate websites. In-service threat prevention helps prevent known exploits, malware, and command and control communication. App-ID reduces the risk of attack by controlling traffic based on patented Layer 7 traffic classification.
One of the biggest selling points of the service is the ease of deployment. Cloud NGFW can be purchased from AWS Marketplace, then quickly configured and integrated with AWS services, enabling additional network security in minutes. As Cloud NGFW is a managed cloud service, users don’t have to worry about deploying, updating or managing infrastructure, according to the companies.
Cloud NGFW for AWS leverages AWS Gateway Load Balancer to provide high availability and on-demand elastic scaling to meet unpredictable throughput needs. The service is also integrated with AWS Firewall Manager to provide consistent management of firewall policies across multiple AWS accounts and virtual private clouds.
“One of the main reasons companies have embraced the cloud is because they want to focus on their core competencies and leave other tasks such as infrastructure and underlying services to experts like AWS” said Anand Oswal, senior vice president of network security at Palo Alto Networks. in a report. “Now, as cyberattacks continue to grow in frequency and sophistication, organizations are looking for network security that’s as easy to deploy as other native AWS services.”