Department of Defense Needs Help with Defense

Department of Defense Needs Help with Defense

By Greg Tavarez

Americans look to the U.S. Department of Defense for the country’s safety against unknown threats. But, as with most things in the world, the DoD is prone to cyberattacks, which possibly puts the safety of the American people at risk.

To bolster its own defenses and ultimately keep Americans safe, the DoD entered into a multiyear deal with Palo Alto Networks to utilize its internet operations management capabilities, which include Cortex Xpanse.

"By providing centralized visibility and situational awareness over its entire global network, we will help the U.S. Department of Defense fulfill its mission of ensuring our nation's security,” said Nikesh Arora, chairman and CEO of Palo Alto.

Palo Alto's Cortex suite of products stops breaches with complete visibility and coordinated response. By using advanced machine learning techniques, Cortex enables the U.S. military to automatically identify its known and unknown internet-facing assets, prioritize them for remediation and deploy playbooks to address critical vulnerabilities.

The global attack surface management platform Cortex Xpanse provides a complete, accurate and continuously updated inventory of all global internet-facing assets. It enables customers to mitigate attack surface risks, manage the unmanaged cloud and assess supply chain security. This is accomplished through continuous discovery and monitoring of the digital attack surface across the internet to ensure a security operations team has no exposure blind spots.

"Palo Alto Networks continues to deliver innovative solutions that protect the Department of Defense in a rapidly changing threat landscape," said Justin Robinson, cyber chief technology officer for ThunderCat.

Palo Alto entered into the nine-figure deal through ThunderCat, a VAR of Palo Alto products. Through its partnership with Palo Alto and ThunderCat, the DoD increased visibility of its attack surfaces to enable more effective security.

Edited by Erik Linask
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