Bit9 Announces Support for Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS 6.0; Joint Customers Benefit from Network-to-Endpoint Visibility and Control to Stop Advanced Threats

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WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bit9, the leader in advanced threat protection for endpoints and servers based on real-time visibility and prevention, today announced that Bit9 for Palo Alto Networks fully supports the latest enhancements in Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS release 6.0—the operating system that is the heart of the Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform.

Bit9 for Palo Alto Networks specifically leverages the enhancements to WildFire, including its ability to detonate suspicious files in multiple OS images and analyze all major file types such as PDFs and Microsoft Office documents—to increase an organization's ability to detect a threat, immediately identify any infected machines, and instantly prevent execution of malicious files across an enterprise.

Bit9 for Palo Alto Networks delivers closed-loop integration between network security and endpoint/server security. When the Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls detect a suspicious file on the network, Bit9 automatically confirms the location, scope and severity of the threat on enterprise endpoints and servers. Security teams can also submit suspicious files that have landed on endpoints and servers to the Palo Alto Networks WildFire cloud to quickly determine the risk of each file and whether it needs to be stopped. Bit9 for Palo Alto Networks reduces the overall operational effort of managing network and system security, accelerates incident response time and improves any organization's overall security posture.

Bit9 for Palo Alto Networks solves four key security challenges:

  • Prioritize alerts: Automatic correlation of the Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall alerts with Bit9's real-time endpoint sensor and recorder data to determine which alerts are actionable and prioritize them based on the number of systems infected.
  • Respond to alerts: Locate every instance of a suspicious file across all endpoints and servers to accelerate incident response. Find out where a file landed, if it executed, how many machines are affected, and if further action is required.
  • Prevent attacks: Automatically enforce endpoint and server security policies based on WildFire threat analysis. Immediately stop malicious software from spreading throughout your enterprise and prevent it from affecting your machines again.
  • Analyze files: Use Bit9 to automatically or on-demand submit all new files arriving on endpoints and servers to WildFire to quickly determine the risk of each file and whether it needs to be stopped. Use criteria-driven rules to automatically determine which files to submit.

Bit9 and Palo Alto Networks are working closely to promote their powerful joint solution through a wide range of programs and events for customers and prospects, creating a very strong pipeline of potential business.

Palo Alto Networks Executive Quote: Scott Gainey, Vice President of Product Marketing
"Bit9 for Palo Alto Networks provides an outstanding combination of next-generation security capabilities to our joint customers. Sophisticated threats require sophisticated security solutions and that's what our companies bring to the market. The response from customers and our channel partners to the powerful integration of Bit9 and Palo Alto Networks has been very strong."
 
Joint Bit9 and Palo Alto Networks Channel Partner Quote: Marek Surdykowski, CTO of CipherTechs
"Mutating, zero-day malware is the biggest security challenge facing the enterprise today. Palo Alto technology with WildFire enables enterprises to address this problem on the network. Bit9, with its strong endpoint controls, can take advantage of WildFire to provide additional forensic information and quick-response blocking of malware before it is able to extract financial, PII or other sensitive data malware authors are after. The two solutions complement one another by providing malware analysis, alerting and blocking across endpoint and the network layer. Integration between Bit9 and Palo Alto provides visibility and control that is unparalleled by other solutions available today."
 
Bit9 Executive Quote: Brian Hazzard, vice president of product management
"The partnership between Palo Alto Networks and Bit9 is delivering outstanding results for our customers. Having real-time visibility into potentially malicious files anywhere in their environment, along with the ability to capture and analyze the files to determine their risk, is critical for enterprises. Customer response to Bit9 for Palo Alto Networks has been phenomenal, and we are seeing explosive growth in this part of our business."
 
About Bit9

Bit9 is the leader in advanced threat protection for endpoints and servers based on real-time visibility and prevention. Bit9 is the only solution that continuously monitors and records all activity on endpoints and servers and stops cyber threats that evade traditional security defenses. Bit9's real-time sensor and recorder, cloud-based services, and real-time enforcement engine give organizations immediate visibility into everything running on their endpoints and servers; real-time signature-less detection of and protection against advanced threats; a recorded history of all endpoint and server activity to rapidly respond to alerts and incidents; and real-time integration with network security devices such as Palo Alto Networks. 1,000 organizations worldwide—from 25 Fortune 100 companies to small businesses—use Bit9 to increase security, reduce operational costs and improve compliance.
 
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