Palo Alto Networks has released a new next-generation firewall called the PA-7050, claiming the security tool will offer businesses advanced threat-detection powers.
Palo Alto Networks Western Europe vice president Alex Raistrick told V3 the PA-7050 is unique as it will allow data centres, internet gateways and internal networks to find hackers hiding in their systems faster than ever before.
"If you use a race car analogy – they go fast because of the sum of their parts – we took the same approach. We built the software to identify the application regardless of port, the content inclusive of threat, taking action if policy dictates. We married that engine if you will to purpose-built hardware that uses dedicated processing for the key functional areas of networking," he said.
Raistrick said the custom approach differentiates PA-7050 from the likes of Dell SonicWall, FireEye, Cisco, Juniper and HP by offering customers "top-end performance for application control plus antivirus, plus intrusion-prevention systems [of] 100Gbps."
He added: "No other alternative on the market is delivering anywhere near the same amount of performance."
Palo Alto Networks is taking pre-orders for the PA-7050 now, with prices starting at $300,000.
Raistrick said businesses need tools like the PA-7050 to protect themselves from next-generation cyber attacks. "High-profile incidents such as APT1 and the Target breach are perfect examples of how the security landscape has evolved to one that is no longer focused on simple hacks," he said.
"The Trojan seen at Target was a derivative of the BlackPOS Trojan. From what's been printed about the attack, it is an example of why true visibility into all applications on all ports, and protection from known and unknown threats [is essential]."
The Target attack saw hackers break into the company's systems and compromise over 40 million credit and debit card accounts. The breach is believed to have occurred between 27 November and 15 December.
Palo Alto Networks is one of many vendors to announce plans to improve its security services to protect against next-generation threats.
Competitor FireEye confirmed inking a deal to add Mandiant technology to its defence portfolio in a landmark $1bn deal in January. The acquisition will see FireEye add Mandiant's existing endpoint threat detection and response technologies into its Oculus threat-prevention platform.
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