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Palo Alto Networks Unsheathes Sword Against Cyberthreats

It is a common misconception to associate cybersecurity solely with computers. The very notion of cybersecurity has a much...

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Palo Alto Networks Unsheathes Sword Against Cyberthreats

It is a common misconception to associate cybersecurity solely with computers. The very notion of cybersecurity has a much farther-reaching impact than previously anticipated. Cybersecurity has slowly morphed into a daily routine for online internet users, through multiple passwords and authentication, it is becoming fundamental to understand that the protection of data warrants the highest level of defence protocols.

The first instance of a cyberattack was in 1903, when magician Nevil Maskelyne disrupted John Ambrose Fleming’s demonstration by sending insulting morse code messages that were projected onto the auditorium’s screen.

Modern-day hackers have had 117 years to upgrade and improve at breaking down cybersecurity systems. Tool and methods for hacking have increased as the internet has grown and it is now much easier to attack a business or an individual.

As cybercrime attack vectors increase, so do the attributes of the defence teams. It is not all bleak and dark, a cybersecurity multinational called Palo Alto Networks is here to safeguard your IT infrastructure and data. The company sets itself apart from others in a manner that exemplifies how important it is to develop a purpose-built defence mechanism that has the flexibility to match the attack vectors. Palo Alto Networks have sponsored the upcoming CIO100 symposium and awards, slated for 19 and 20 November.

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Palo Alto Networks is an American multinational cybersecurity company with headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Its core products are a platform that includes advanced firewalls and cloud-based offerings that extend those firewalls to cover other aspects of security.

You may not think much of it now, but cyber attacks affect you, and have the potential to alter the course of your life. Let’s face it; we live in a world so digitally interconnected that not finding your friend or colleague available on a digital platform is alarming.

Our work lives, personal lives, and finances have all begun gravitating toward the world of the internet, mobile computing, and electronic media. Unfortunately, this widespread phenomenon makes us more vulnerable than ever to malicious attacks, invasions of privacy, fraud, and other such unpleasantries.

Cybercrime, as opposed to other crime, has a knack of flourishing in an environment where it should not. This is because, cyberattacks are cheaper, convenient and less risky than physical attacks. Cybercriminals only require a few expenses beyond a computer and an Internet connection. They are unconstrained by geography and distance. They are difficult to identify and prosecute due to the anonymous nature of the Internet. They can be as dynamic and flexible as the internet itself.

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It is said next-gen cybersecurity platforms will completely be able to shut down a large part of the threat vectors. What if these solutions were available to users today? Palo Alto Networks provides tomorrow’s intelligence network security, here today.

Through this, the company can protect your most important business assets against attack. By aligning the knowledge of the threats you face with an understanding of your environment, Palo Alto’s defence algorithms allow you to maximize the effectiveness of your security budget and target your resources at the critical locations. All this is driven from your business strategy, by identifying where it may be at risk from a range of threat.

As the world becomes more digitally adept, many businesses are on the cusp to migrating to the cloud. As with any migration, recurring questions always follow back to security. Palo Alto Networks has a solution, just for this. It allows secure access service edge (SASE) solution built for cloud-access security and scales to meet the demands of your growing remote workforce and branch offices. Through this solution, accessibility and critical applications can be accessed by employees from anywhere in the world. This results in flexible work arrangements and the possibility to hire staff from all around the globe.

These days, the need to shield information from malicious actors is a concern at the highest levels of business and government. State secrets can be stolen from the other side of the world. Companies, whose whole business models depend on control of customers’ data, can find their databases compromised. This level of compromise should not be a common sight with the level of defence protocol companies like Paloalto Networks offer

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Owing to the changes brought about by the pandemic, the event will unfold virtually. CIO100 Symposium and Awards will offer invaluable insights on the innovative tactics used by top tech people, and company’s, in today’s historically demanding environment. Plus, details of innovative projects that are positioning companies for current and longer-term success. CIO100 holds a space for the narrative of the industry, telling its stories through technologies.

Why CIO100? To acknowledge excellence in the adoption and use of IT within organisations – all of them, small, large or midi, appreciating the brilliant minds building products that responded to business needs and objectives. Also, patting these achievers on the back. This has over the last decade, catalysed innovation.

In its 11th year and still going strong, the CIO100 Awards fete 100 organisations that have shown outstanding results for leveraging technology to innovate ways of delivering business value, in a two-day summit.

The Awards recognise excellence in the adoption and use of ICT, awarding both the organisation and the Chief Information Officer (CIO), or an equivalent in the organisation. The winners of the CIO100 Awards are recognised at the CIO100 Symposium and Awards, a two-day high energy celebration of IT excellence, marked with networking opportunities and knowledge sharing that acknowledges the mark of enterprise excellence in the region.

Register for the CIO100 Awards and Symposium here.

 

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