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Google Cloud, Palo Alto Networks Announce Zero Trust Network Access Partnership

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Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks are working together to deliver a zero trust network access (ZTNA) 2.0 solution to secure access to applications from any device, according to a prepared statement.

Organizations can use Google Cloud's BeyondCorp Enterprise zero trust solution in conjunction with Palo Alto Networks' Prisma Access security service edge (SSE) solution, the companies said. In doing so, they can provide hybrid users with secure access to SaaS, cloud and on-premises applications from managed and unmanaged devices.

How the ZTNA 2.0 Solution Works

The Google Cloud-Palo Alto Networks ZTNA 2.0 solution is built on the Google Cloud network, the companies indicated. It utilizes Prisma Access to help organizations secure their devices, branch offices and applications. Meanwhile, the solution uses BeyondCorp Enterprise Essentials to safeguard access to applications and resources on unmanaged devices.

In addition, the ZTNA 2.0 solution leverages threat intelligence and machine learning to detect and remediate threats to users, applications and data, the businesses stated. The solution also inspects application traffic and provides organizations with secure access to their data centers, branch offices and mobile users.

Palo Alto Networks Upgrades Its XSIAM Solution

The Google Cloud-Palo Alto Networks ZTNA 2.0 solution announcement comes after Palo Alto Networks in December 2022 added Xpanse Active Attack Surface Management (ASM) capabilities to its Cortex Extended Security Intelligence & Automation Management (XSIAM) solution.

Xpanse ASM now provides security teams with Active Discovery, Active Learning and Active Response tools that they can use to speed up threat identification and response, Palo Alto Networks said.

Along with upgrading its XSIAM solution, Palo Alto Networks in December 2022 launched an IoT device security solution for healthcare providers. The company also updated its next-generation firewall software in November 2022.

Palo Alto Networks recorded total revenue of $1.6 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022, up 26% year over year. The company is projecting total revenue up to $6.9 billion in FY2023, which would represent a 25% year-over-year increase.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.