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TMCNet:  Skybox Security Strengthens Support for Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls

[November 15, 2012]

Skybox Security Strengthens Support for Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls

Nov 15, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Skybox Security, a provider of proactive security risk management solutions, said that it is the first provider to link firewall management, vulnerability management and threat mitigation capabilities into a single solution to optimize the protection provided by next-generation firewalls.

In a release, the Company said that Skybox now includes signature configuration analysis and reporting for the Intrusion Prevention Signatures (IPS) threat mitigation features in next-generation firewalls, helping security teams take full advantage of the built-in IPS capabilities of Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls to block known vulnerabilities.

Additionally, the company said that Skybox provides analysis for next-generation firewall access and rule compliance at the user and application level, and complete network modeling and access path analysis to troubleshoot application connectivity issues in seconds.

When transitioning to next-generation firewalls, enterprises should take steps to take full advantage of its capabilities. If the policies are not optimized for the next-generation firewall, an organization might experience operational challenges that can slow down deployments, complicate existing firewall operations, and delay use of the commonly needed next-generation firewall features.

"Skybox now provides reporting on the IPS configuration, highlighting which vulnerabilities could and should be addressed by selectively turning on IPS signatures, bridging the security gap and enabling organizations to reap greater benefits from next-generation firewall deployments," said Gidi Cohen, CEO, Skybox Security.

In addition, the Skybox View Enterprise Suite collects information from Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls on the application and user level, and applies risk analytics, change control workflow, and automated firewall auditing and compliance reporting for optimal firewall management. Skybox Security enables organizations to optimize the legacy rule set before migration, ensuring next-generation firewall performance while reducing the complexity of daily policy management and increasing administrator productivity to ensure the accuracy of changes.

"Enterprises can minimize enterprise risk by taking full advantage of Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall IPS capabilities to better secure their network," said Chad Kinzelberg, Vice President of Business and Corporate Development, Palo Alto Networks. "Skybox Security provides a simple report to help customers correlate known vulnerabilities against IPS signatures, allowing them to tune the IPS to deliver optimal protection for their network." As described by the Company, Skybox Security enhanced support for Palo Alto Networks includes: -Complete support for next-generation firewall access and rule compliance at the user and application level -Full on-demand, customizable policy audits (PCI-DSS, NIST) for next-generation firewalls -Complete change tracking of rules with applications and users -Expanded shadowed and redundant rule analysis with applications and users -Comprehensive network modeling and access path analysis to troubleshoot application connectivity issues in seconds -Signature configuration analysis and reporting for embedded IPS in Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall.

Skybox Security provides proactive security risk management (SRM) solutions that automate the steps necessary to find, prioritize and mitigate wide-ranging threats to network infrastructure. As described by the Company, the Skybox View Enterprise Suite consists of three main products on a common platform: -Skybox Firewall Assurance (Firewall Assessment, PCI Compliance, Change Management, Firewall Ruleset Optimization) -Skybox Network Assurance (Network Modeling, Access Compliance, Connectivity Troubleshooting) -Skybox Risk Control (Vulnerability Detection, Attack Modeling, Risk Assessment, Vulnerability Management, Patch Optimization) Palo Alto Networks is the network security company. Its platform allows enterprises, service providers, and government entities to secure their networks and safely enable the increasingly complex and growing number of applications running on their networks.

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