Palo Alto grows cloud security portfolio with new Prisma release, Bridgecrew buy

Palo Alto Networks bolsters machine learning, security application development, and licensing flexibility with its recent moves.

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Palo Alto Networks had a busy week. First, it rolled out a number of new features for its Prisma Access cloud-based security package, and then it announced plans to buy cloud security vendor Bridgecrew for about $156 million in cash.

Palo Alto Networks' Prisma is a cloud-based security package that includes access control, advanced threat protection, user behavior monitoring and other services that promise to protect enterprise applications and resources. Managed through a single console, Prisma includes firewall as a service, zero-trust network access, a cloud access security broker and a secure web gateway.

With Prisma Access 2.0, the company says it has simplified its workflows to include configuration templates and automated resource assessments that streamline cloud network configuration and improve security out of the box, wrote Anand Oswal, senior vice president and general manager at Palo Alto, in a blog about Prisma 2.0.

Prisma Access 2.0 uses machine learning (ML) for inline zero-day protection. It gives customers the ability to instantly stop new threats with embedded ML technology to provide realtime signatureless attack prevention and extend security coverage to all devices, including never-seen-before IoT devices, Oswal stated. Prisma now includes the ability to automate policy recommendations that save time and reduce the chance of human error, he added.

"Prisma Access now supports explicit proxy as a connection and onboarding choice for organizations in addition to agent and agentless options, while continuing to support all the advanced web security protections such as Threat Prevention, WildFire, URL Filtering, DNS Security, Prisma SaaS and Enterprise DLP," Oswal stated. This support lets customers easily migrate from legacy proxy-based solutions to a complete cloud-delivered security platform, without the need for network architecture changes, Oswal said.

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