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[Demo] Protecting the Core with High Speed Load Balancing

Posted by Mike Heiberger on 5/25/17 8:00 AM

I recently presented a demonstration for Palo Alto Network's Fuel User Group on the importance of implementing high speed (10G/40G/100G) load balance at the Core of the Network.

Prior to beginning the demo, we surveyed the group and asked, "What speeds are you running at the core of your network today?" The majority of the group is running at 10G, which is what I hear from our customers as well.

So while 40G and 100G are exciting to discuss, we are going to keep this demo for a 10G network circuit. 

Watch and see how simple load balancing can be at the network core.

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Topics: Network Security, In Band Security Appliances, Technology Partners, Palo Alto Networks, Network Packet Brokers

[Demo] How to Deploy Your Palo Alto NGFW in Vwire Mode

Posted by Mike Heiberger on 1/12/17 8:00 AM

Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall has a flexible deployment, meaning different methods of deployment will work. Our partner, Cloud Harmonics recently authored a blog for us on this topic.

In this demonstration video we dig a little deeper and show you how to deploy your NGFW in Vwire mode, which allows it to be active, in-line, while still invisible to the network. 

Watch now...

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Topics: Network TAPs, In Band Security Appliances, Palo Alto Networks

What’s Your Palo Alto NGFW Deployment Plan?

Posted by Chris Kisselburgh on 6/21/16 8:00 AM

by Chris Kisselburgh, Cloud Harmonics

The state of the firewall is strong, and the state of next-generation security appliances including firewalls and intrusion prevention systems is growing stronger. At Palo Alto’s recent Ignite Conference one of the main messages was Protect Everywhere - including your internal network, which is no longer safe.

Whether you are replacing a legacy firewall or adding an additional NGFW (Next Generation Firewall) for internal security, a detailed deployment plan is required.

Let me explain the benefits of Vwire (in-line) deployment and why Cloud Harmonics, the fastest growing distributor in the US has partnered with Garland Technology to educate, engage and enable the industry on this best practice.

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Topics: Network TAPs, In Band Security Appliances, Palo Alto Networks

A Practical Example: 1G In-Line and Out-of-Band Connectivity

Posted by Chris Bihary on 6/16/16 8:00 AM

Even if you’ve already realized the inferiority of SPAN ports and started moving to network TAPs, you still have to make sure your network design is set up for visibility into every bit, byte and packet® of traffic. 

However, the increasing complexity of the security stack and necessary network monitoring solutions are making it harder than ever to maintain an efficient network design.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Data Center, Network Infrastructure, Palo Alto Networks, Network Packet Brokers

What’s the 2020 on Firewalls?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 5/26/16 8:00 AM

As businesses place more emphasis on mobility and the cloud, some corners of the industry have begun to wonder out loud about whether it's time to re-think firewalls to keep pace with today's evolving data security challenges. Adaptation is survival, and security platforms will need to do precisely that in 2016 and beyond.

So, how did we get there, and who's leading the way on the technology side today?

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Topics: Network Security, In Band Security Appliances, Palo Alto Networks

Breaking News - Palo Alto finds new OS X Ransomware

Posted by Tim O'Neill on 3/10/16 9:51 AM

On March 4,  Palo Alto Networks detected that the Transmission BitTorrent client installer for OS X was infected with ransomware, just a few hours after installers were initially posted. PaloAlto named this Ransomware “KeRanger.”

The only previous ransomware for OS X we are aware of is FileCoder, discovered by Kaspersky Lab in 2014. As FileCoder was incomplete at the time of its discovery, we believe KeRanger is the first fully functional ransomware seen on the OS X platform.

Read on for details and links for original story posted by Palo Alto Networks.

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Topics: Network Security, Hacks and Data Breaches, Technology Partners, Palo Alto Networks