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Palo Alto Networks announces Prisma Cloud 2.0

Palo Alto Networks Senior Vice President for Product, Prisma Cloud Varun Badhwar said Prisma Cloud 2.0 provides companies with a unified solution. Image credit: Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks Senior Vice President for Product, Prisma Cloud Varun Badhwar said Prisma Cloud 2.0 provides companies with a unified solution. Image credit: Palo Alto Networks

With the announcement of Prisma Cloud 2.0, Palo Alto Networks is offering the industry’s only comprehensive Cloud Native Security Platform (CNSP).

“Today, organizations are using multiple clouds in many different ways. This has brought many benefits such as quick deployment, increased agility, and rapid feature rollout, but also has brought the potential for many different kinds of risk,” said Palo Alto Networks Senior Vice President for Product, Prisma Cloud Varun Badhwar in a press statement.

Unified solution

A CNSP is designed to secure multi- and hybrid cloud environments and cloud native applications integrating security across the full DevOps lifecycle.

The cybersecurity company’s new solution includes four new cloud security modules.

“Prisma Cloud 2.0 addresses these challenges with a unified solution that helps companies detect threats to their cloud resources, maintain compliance, secure cloud native applications, protect cloud networks and application communications, and enforce permissions and secure identities across workloads — a true comprehensive cloud security solution,” Badhwar said.

Security modules

These are the four new cloud security modules of Prisma Cloud 2.0.

  • Data Security delivers data loss prevention capabilities, offering discovery, classification, and malware detection for Amazon S3 or Amazon Simple Storage Service. Enterprises operating in regulated industries can leverage Data Security when adopting the cloud to help meet various compliance requirements. When used in conjunction with Cloud Security Posture Management capabilities, Data Security provides customers important context about their true cloud risks around data exposure.
  • Web Application and API Security helps protect web applications against Layer 7 and OWASP Top 10 threats, integrated with the unified agent framework that enterprises already use today for Cloud Workload Protection Platforms (CWPP).
     
  • Identity-Based Microsegmentation integrates powerful Cloud Network Security capabilities, following the acquisition of Aporeto, to provide end-to-end visibility of network communications, along with comprehensive security policy control and management.
  • Identity and Access Management Security gives customers Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management capabilities and allows them to gain visibility into who has access to specific cloud resources and secure those resources by establishing automated least-privileged identity access.

Embracing cloud

“Enterprises are adopting cloud native architectures, including containers and serverless, and embracing methodologies like DevOps to increase release velocity and achieve greater scale,” said Doug Cahill, senior security analyst and group practice director at Enterprise Strategy Group.

“This presents a requirement for security teams to integrate security across the full application lifecycle and deliver security through a platform-centric approach as markets converge. The innovation with Prisma Cloud 2.0 speaks to this approach,” Cahill said.