Palo Alto Networks unveils AI-based security platform in PH

By Ram Christian Agustin

The local unit of US-based cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks has introduced an open and integrated AI-based continuous security platform called Cortex which enables companies to defend themselves against cyberattacks through a more modern approach in detection and response.

Photo shows Palo Alto Networks country manager Oscar Visaya (left) and systems engineer Marc Lainez

Cortex, powered by the Cortex Data Lake, was introduced at the Cybersecurity Forum 2019 bearing the theme “Disrupting the Cybersecurity Status Quo” which was hosted by Palo Alto Networks in collaboration with Microsoft.

Palo Alto Network country manager for the Philippines Oscar Visaya stated in his keynote speech that there is a need to boost cybersecurity in the national scale which is partly due to Filipinos being reactive.

“We need to embrace a lot of new technologies like machine learning and advanced artificial intelligence to be able to protect our businesses and organizations,” he said. “We are now living in a digital world where your IT is leveraging all these enabling technology like cloud automation and analytics to be able to transform customer experiences,” he added.

Cortex is deployed on a global public cloud platform and speeds up the analysis of massive data sets performed by security operations teams while customers are able to store and analyze data securely in the Cortex Data Lake.

The data stored in the Cortex Data Lake will then be normalized for advanced AI and machine learning in finding threats and projecting a response faster.

Aside from Cortex, Palo Alto Networks also launched two other advancements namely: Cortex XDR and Traps 6.0 with the former empowering businesses with its detection, investigation, and response capabilities by integrating network, endpoint, and cloud data while the latter has been updated with a Behavioral Threat Protection engine by analyzing malicious activity patterns..

“Palo Alto Networks has this vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the last. We believe that the way we can execute this vision is by disrupting the status quo,” Visaya said.

Visaya also noted Palo Alto Network’s recent acquisition of Demisto, also a cybersecurity firm that specializes in SOAR (security orchestration, automation and response), which accelerates and improves the automated threat prevention and response for security teams of Cortex.

“When a hacker steals your credentials and use it against your organization, the platform will discover it. Demisto, using a ‘playbook’, is able to respond and create an alarm,” Visaya explained.

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