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BT and Palo Alto Networks give the cloud a tougher lining

DC16-111 (03 March 2016)

BT customers to benefit from an innovative platform-based breach prevention approach to cloud security

BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, and Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the next-generation security company, today announced an agreement that will integrate the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform into BT’s global portfolio of security services.

BT customers around the world will benefit from the combination of the Palo Alto Networks breach prevention-focused platform with the global reach and scale of BT’s security services.

As part of this agreement, BT’s Assure Managed Firewall service will now integrate WildFire cloud-based malware prevention, which is a key component of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform[1]. It will be used to further secure the access to cloud-based applications, enabling enterprise customers to reap increased benefits from BT’s Cloud of Clouds[2].

Mark McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer at Palo Alto Networks, said: “Security is now a top concern for every business, and with continued growth in both the volume and sophistication of attacks, a breach prevention-focused strategy is essential to ensure a safe digital future for organisations and individuals alike. We are delighted to join forces with BT to help organisations safely enable business operations and protect their most valuable assets, managing both their risk and their security budgets.”

Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security

Enterprises are keen to accelerate their digital transformation and fully leverage exciting new technology, from big-data analytics to cloud applications. They need to access these applications securely, using future-proof tools that protect them against targeted and increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks. They need a tougher lining around their cloud services. Palo Alto Networks provides intelligent security monitoring, management and efficacy. Integrating that breach prevention capability into the BT Assure portfolio of security services will be a big step forward in securing the cloud strategy of an organisation.”
- Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security


[1] The Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform focuses on bringing an end to the era of breaches by natively integrating capabilities such as Next-Generation Firewall, Advanced Endpoint Protection, and Threat Intelligence Cloud.
[2] ‘Cloud of clouds’ is BT’s cloud services integration capability, giving customers a practical route into cloud computing that meets their needs for choice and flexibility, total security and someone who knows how to make it work together. More information here: www.bt.com/point-of-view.

BT Security

BT Security is building on 70 years’ experience of helping organisations around the globe and across all sectors get ahead of the threat curve and reduce the uncertainty and complexity of security. We provide an end-to-end capability to help organisations enjoy higher levels of security at a time when security budgets are not keeping pace with the threat landscape.

The sophistication of our security operations means that we think about the assets, the people, and the processes, and combine these with both network and security intelligence to help our customers stay ahead of the security risks. BT Security protects both BT and its customers. These customers are advised by a global team of 2,000 security practitioners and professional services consultants. To find out more about BT Security, visit www.bt.com/security.

About Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks is the next-generation security company, leading a new era in cybersecurity by safely enabling applications and preventing cyber breaches for tens of thousands of organizations worldwide. Built with an innovative approach and highly differentiated cyber threat prevention capabilities, our game-changing security platform delivers security far superior to legacy or point products, safely enables daily business operations, and protects an organization’s most valuable assets. Find out more at http://www.paloaltonetworks.com/.

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Alan Ball, Head of Global PR and Suzanne Masterton, Head of UK PR