IT Solutions - Apr 22, 2020

Secure in the cloud with Palo Alto Networks: Why companies have to leave their comfort zone.

There is no one big cloud. History shows that companies utilise several different cloud services, but to this day, it is still the exception that IT is completely outsourced to the cloud, the preference being a mix of on-premise and cloud solutions. But even with this hybrid solution, businesses and organisation need to rethink their security concepts. Jens Pälmer, Channel Director for Palo Alto Networks in Central Europe tells us why.

Security is crucial in cloud services, but what do you think is the most important factor to consider?

We have to move away from the silo mentality in IT security. Most companies have a plethora of vendors they turn to when the need security solutions. They know they have to protect themselves and use single point solutions for specific services to do so. The problem with that is it creates information silos that often make it impossible for the individual solutions to communicate and share information. In the age of digitalisation and the migration into the cloud, businesses really should take a more holistic view of their IT security.

What have been the effects of digitalisation on IT security?

First of all, companies are having to leave their comfort zones. In the past, they were able to remain with the “castles” made up of their own networks and infrastructures, but now they are moving away from that towards the public cloud. For many, it feels like they are losing control. I have to stress at this point that companies can no longer ignore the cloud. Think about sharing data using file hosting services that are now commonplace.


Companies have to ask themselves some questions: How can I handle this changing situation? How can I achieve the highest levels of security? How does my infrastructure have to look? It’s important to have a holistic view of security and to store data and applications where the users are located. Companies must also use automation in a way that’s best for them. Artificial intelligence can support security efforts and relive the pressure on employees in a variety of ways, such as when data interpretations and anomaly detection happen automatically.


Jens Pälmer,

Channel Director Palo Alto Networks


How can Palo Alto Networks help businesses to move away from these stand-alone solutions towards a holistic security strategy?

We offer comprehensive solutions for all areas of security, and best of all, they communicate with each other. This means that the customer benefits from an integrated security platform in which individual software components can share data and information. An approach that enables security to be viewed holistically. A far cry from those stand-alone solutions. What’s more, our system is not closed. We know that our customers are already using third party products and they often would like to continue doing so, which is why we designed an open system that can be integrated into the while solution.

How can business make the switch to a secure cloud solution?

They first of all need to know that there are new challenges in the field of cloud security.  They need to understand the Shared Responsibility model, which means that while the provider makes a secure infrastructure available, it remains the company’s responsibility to operate it and decide, for example, which data are migrated to the cloud. Moreover, our focus is firmly on automation in order that teams are relieved of work and to keep up with current security requirements. Security is always a mix of the right technology, the degree of automation and the people who are aware of the subject and can therefore react accordingly. For me, the businesses that take a strategic and holistic approach to security are the ones who are on the right path. At Palo Alto Networks, our goal is to support our customers with the best solutions that enable them to work securely and sustainably.





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This post was published on Apr 22, 2020.