HCD Consulting GmbH works with renowned partners such as Cisco and Juniper to provide solutions for IT networks. The IT service provider is now expanding its portfolio with a partnership with Palo Alto Networks, a leading provider of security solutions for protection against cyber attacks.

Protecting the enterprise network and endpoints is more necessary than ever – and not only because of optimised malware or targeted attacks on infrastructure (Advanced Persistent Threats). IT trends such as Cloud-based services, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile computing or Software Defined Networking (SDN) are becoming a challenge for network security. Those in charge of IT need to take a proactive approach to these new scenarios and subject their security measures to constant reviews. Confidence is important in the digital age: confidence in the reliability of networks.

That is why HCD Consulting GmbH has entered into a partnership with Palo Alto Networks – a leading provider of security solutions – to offer its customers better protection against cyber attacks.  By taking this step, we are adding the important component of IT security to our manufacturer portfolio and offering our customers reliable protection in the digital world.

Palo Alto Networks

Who is Palo Alto Networks? This US company was founded in Santa Clara, California in 2005 and has already achieved some remarkable success. More than 48,000 customers in over 140 countries have placed their confidence in security solutions from Palo Alto Networks. These include over 85 percent of the world’s 100 top-earning enterprises (Fortune 100) and 63 percent of Forbes Global 2000, the 2,000 largest public companies in the world. Turnover in fiscal year 2017 was 1.8 billion US dollars, 28 percent higher than the previous year with extraordinarily strong growth within the sector.

Products: from firewalls through to Cloud protection

Palo Alto Networks offers a broad portfolio of cyber security solutions, from endpoint security and next-generation firewalls through to products for data backup in Cloud environments (SaaS, Software as a Service).  Here is short summary of the key product categories.

Firewalls

Firewalls have formed the first line of defence in network protection for over 25 years. They monitor the incoming and outgoing network traffic on the basis of defined security rules and decide whether specific data traffic should be permitted or blocked. Palo Alto Networks offers a series of next-generation firewalls and virtualised firewalls. You will find more detailed information here.

Security Operating Platform

The Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform automates the identification of threats and protection of clouds, networks, servers and endpoints using a data-driven approach and Cloud-based analytics. Companies can then block exploits, ransomware, malware and fileless attacks to minimise infected endpoints and servers. As application-, user- and content-based policies can be easily implemented on the platform, opportunities for attack are minimised with a Zero-Trust approach.

Traps: protection for endpoints

Palo Alto Networks Traps replaces traditional anti-virus software with a multi-method approach to protection. The basis is provided by analyses via machine learning, WildFire Inspection Cloud technology, restrictions for trustworthy providers and policy-based administration rules. This protects endpoints from known and unknown malware attacks, ransomware and exploits before they can cause any damage in a system.

Aperture: data security in SaaS applications

Aperture extends the visibility and granular control of the Palo Alto Networks platform to include SaaS applications in the Cloud. This solution delivers a complete overview of the user’s ongoing activities as well as of the data stored in the Cloud. Companies can use and protect their data in the Cloud with the aid of flexible policies in line with internal stipulations.