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Arm Your Remote Workforce with the Leading Cybersecur­ity Platform

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unpreceden­ted increase in the number of Canadians working from home. As workplaces continue to evolve and transition, it’s necessary to ensure that work can be done anywhere, without compromisi­ng speed, security, or per

- Sandra Macgregor

O ver the last year, companies across Canada were forced to kick-start their digital transforma­tions earlier and more quickly than expected to keep up with the need for remote offices. As networks expand and evolve, cyber threat actors look for new ways to access critical data. However, IT decision makers are becoming smarter about cybersecur­ity as time goes on. “Securing workforces has become a priority for organizati­ons across all industries,” says Ivan Orsanic, Regional Vice President and Country Manager of Canada at Palo Alto Networks. “With one year of planning behind us and lots of trial and error, we’re seeing IT decision makers are preparing for the future with strategic investment­s into security technology.” New technology is being developed to help businesses thrive, such as Palo Alto Networks upcoming Prisma Access 2.0, which will securely enable workfrom-anywhere via its industry-leading cloud-delivered security platform.

With experience comes expertise

Organizati­ons are responding quickly and effectivel­y to the new security needs of remote workforces. “Canadians are adapting to this reality with experience than when the pandemic first hit,” says Orsanic. “Organizati­ons aren’t scrambling as they were in the beginning but are preparing for the likelihood that the new work-from-home or hybrid work model may be a permanent option for workers.” Mindfulnes­s of security needs is essential, with digital transforma­tion, Internet of Things, and remote work being some of the more obvious trends. However, different ideas are circulatin­g to help organizati­ons stay protected. “One of the most notable trends we’re discussing with customers is around building strategic partnershi­ps with security vendors, leveraging platforms, and automating security as we work through this pandemic and prepare for the new normal,” says Orsanic. “Doing more with fewer vendors has extensive financial and operationa­l benefits.”

The need for endpoint protection

The huge surge in remote workforces has resulted in a massive adoption of cloud technology. However, many cloud-delivered security offerings provide limited applicatio­n coverage and inadequate protection­s. In 2021, Palo Alto Networks’ over 500 enterprise customers, 53 percent of all remote workforce threats were against non-web apps. As a result, solutions that only protect web applicatio­ns are leaving organizati­ons open to a massive array of cybersecur­ity threats. “Visibility and control become factors with remote workforces, so having endpoint protection, cloud management for both public clouds and applicatio­ns, and the right policies in place to protect data and users is important,” says Orsanic. Filling this gap is Prisma Access 2.0, which is able to protect all applicatio­n traffic with complete security from a single cloud-delivered platform while ensuring high-performanc­e access and optimized user experience.

Best-in-class security

Prisma Access 2.0 is resetting the bar for cloud-delivered security. Critical enhancemen­ts include machine learning-powered security to prevent attacks in real time, cloud secure web gateway (SWG) capabiliti­es regardless of user location, and a reimagined cloud management experience. This is delivered while providing 10 times more throughput than other solutions for a faster remote connection and 4.3 million security updates per day to make organizati­ons confident that users and data are secure. “We’re very excited to offer Prisma Access 2.0 to Canadians,” says Orsanic. “With this, we’re delivering the most complete cloud-delivered platform for securely enabling today’s remote workforces.”

Join the launch

Join the Prisma Access 2.0 virtual launch party on March 17th to preview the industry’s only complete cloud-delivered security platform. The virtual launch event will feature guest Adam Zoller, Chief Informatio­n Security Officer at Providence, who will talk about his first-hand experience with the latest capabiliti­es of Prisma Access 2.0 to enable a secure work-from-anywhere experience. Other highlights will include a showcase of Prisma Access 2.0’s capabiliti­es, modern work-from-anywhere trends, a product demo, and a live Q&A.

Visibility and control become factors with remote workforces, so having endpoint protection, cloud management for both public clouds and applicatio­ns, and the right policies in place to protect data and users is important.”

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Ivan Orsanic Regional Vice President & Country Manager (Canada), Palo Alto Networks

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