Palo Alto Networks Unveils Its Prisma Cloud 2.0

Varun Badhwar
“Prisma Cloud 2.0 offers a unified solution that helps companies detect threats to their cloud resources, maintain compliance, secure cloud native applications, and more,” said Varun Badhwar, senior vice president for product, Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks.

Global cybersecurity solutions provider, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), has unveiled its Prisma Cloud 2.0. This cloud-native security platform (CNSP) includes four new cloud security modules. A CNSP is designed to secure multi- and hybrid-cloud environments and cloud-native applications integrating security across the full DevOps lifecycle.

“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, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). “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.”

The new Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud modules include:

  • Data Security – delivers data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities, offering discovery, classification and malware detection for AWS S3. 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 (CSPM) capabilities, Data Security would provide 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 (CNS) 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 (IAM) Security – gives customers Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) capabilities. It would also allow them to gain visibility into who has access to specific cloud resources and secure those resources by establishing automated least-privileged identity access.

With this addition of Cloud Network Security and Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management, Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma Cloud now has offerings in each of the four CNSP area. This would now make it a “true” cloud native security platform.

“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 Varun Badhwar, senior vice president for product, Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks. “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.”

Availability

The Data Security, and Web Application and API Security modules are currently generally available. The other two modules are currently in limited preview and can be enabled upon request.