Palo Alto Networks strengthens security capabilities via acquisitions

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Palo Alto Networks recently entered into definite agreements to Acquire Talon Cyber Security and Dig Security

Cybersecurity specialist Palo Alto Networks is expanding its security capabilities through the recent acquisition of two firms.

In a release, the firm said that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Talon Cyber Security, a firm focusing on enterprise browser technology.

Palo Alto Networks noted that Talon’s enterprise browser provides an innovative solution that, when combined with Prisma SASE, will enable users to securely access business applications from any device, including mobile and other non-corporate devices.

“The average enterprise uses hundreds of SaaS and web applications, meaning that most work is now done primarily via the browser. Talon enables organizations to secure all work activity via an Enterprise Browser, without touching the personal usage of the device or impacting user privacy. Integrating Talon with Prisma SASE will enable Palo Alto Networks to securely connect all users and devices to all applications, including private applications, and apply consistent security no matter who the user is and what device they use for work,” said Lee Klarich, chief product officer at Palo Alto Networks

“While BYOD offers an advantage for productivity, it is also a source of significant security risk. Talon’s enterprise browser empowers security teams with deep visibility and control over all work-related SaaS and web activity on all devices, including personal and unmanaged endpoints,” said Anand Oswal, SVP and GM at Palo Alto Networks.

Palo Alto Networks had also announced a deal to acquire cloud security start-up Dig Security, a provider of Data Security Posture Management (DSPM).

Palo Alto explained that this acquisition is key for the company, as almost 70% of organizations already have data stored in the public cloud. “With increased interest and adoption of generative AI, sensitive data is often even more spread out across cloud services, including distributed databases, vector databases, PaaS services, and more. Organizations need help identifying sensitive data, effectively managing user access, and implementing robust security measures to protect against internal and external threats,” the firm said.

Dig’s DSPM solution enables organizations to discover, classify, monitor and protect sensitive data across all cloud data stores, which will give Palo Alto Networks’ customers visibility into and control of their multi-cloud data estate.

After the close of the proposed acquisition, Dig’s capabilities will be integrated into the Prisma Cloud platform to provide near real-time data protection “from code to cloud”, Palo Alto Networks added.

“Modern cloud applications leverage a broad set of data stores to meet the complex needs of businesses. We developed a DSPM solution to alleviate this strain by providing a centralized offering to monitor and manage the security of these cloud data stores. Integrating Dig’s technology with Prisma Cloud will enable customers to effectively manage the security of their diverse data stores in modern cloud applications and reduce the risk of data breaches,” said Dan Benjamin, co-Founder and CEO at Dig Security.

Last month, US-based system integrator Kyndryl said it was working with Palo Alto Networks to provide network and cybersecurity services for Industry 4.0 customers running private LTE and 5G networks. The two companies are combining their network security services and platform security capabilities, respectively, to design, build, and manage software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) infrastructure for critical industrial customers, they said.

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