At the Ignite Europe cybersecurity conference in Barcelona, the Westcon team and our partners got their hands on Palo Alto Networks’ most advanced security technology – and saw first-hand what it can do. Here Neil Thomson, EMEA Palo Alto Networks Business Unit Manager, shares his key takeaways.

Over two days in Barcelona, cybersecurity luminaries Nir Zuk (Palo Alto Networks founder/CTO) and Lee Klarich (Palo Alto Networks VP/Chief Product Officer) shared their vision for the future of cybersecurity, introducing the vendor’s latest disruptive and innovative solutions and services. It was a truly evolutionary event with SD-WAN, DLP and SASE leading the announcements. Here are the key takeaways from the event.


Now a feature in PAN-OS 9.0. With security natively integrated with SD-WAN, you can connect your branch offices without compromising on security. Organisations are deploying more apps in the cloud, bringing more devices into branch offices and consuming more bandwidth. Traditional connectivity options like multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) can be costly and slow to provision, with limited bandwidth in many locations. But moving from MPLS to SD-WAN can compromise security, end-to-end performance, and simplicity of operation. With Palo Alto Networks, you get world-class security integrated with SD-WAN, a high-performance backbone with Prisma Access, and the simplicity of consuming secure connectivity as-a-service.

2. DLP

Data loss prevention (DLP) is the practice of protecting and securing a company’s data (e.g., intellectual property, financial data, customer or employee information, etc.) to prevent loss, theft, access or misuse by unauthorised individuals. Prisma Access and Prisma SaaS helps businesses to: secure data while it is at rest, in use, and in motion. Controlling and manage who has access to what data and when; monitor the transfer of data and proactively identity and stop any leakage.

3. Prisma Access

A secure access service edge (SASE) that helps businesses embrace cloud and mobility by providing connectivity and network security services from the cloud. SASE is the convergence of wide area networking, or WAN, and network security services like CASB, FWaaS and Zero Trust, into a single, cloud-delivered service model, and can help businesses in several ways, including flexibility, cost savings, reduced complexity, increased performance, zero trust and threat prevention. To learn more about SASE, read Gartner’s paper: The Future of Network Security Is in the Cloud.

4. Cortex XDR 2.0

The evolution of enterprise-scale detection and response, now empowering partners and end customers with third-party data ingestion and a unified platform experience for prevention, detection, investigation and response. Cortex XDR 2.0 includes enhancements that further fulfil the promise of XDR to increase visibility and simplify security operations, including a unified management UI, powerful new endpoint features and ingestion of third-party data and alerts.

Read more on LinkedIn or watch the announcement below.

Westcon partner enablement
We are Palo Alto Networks’ EMEA Distributor of the Year. We help partners accelerate their business with exclusive training, initiatives, incentives and partner promotions. Following these announcements around Prisma Access Secure Service Edge (SASE) and Cortex XDR 2.0, partners can join our Insights webinars to help them understand and adopt the new updates and innovations:
  • 3 December: SD-WAN Sales Training
  • 4 December: Cortex XDR 2.0 and Traps Launch Sales Training
  • 5 December: Cortex XDR 2.0 and Traps Launch Technical Training
  • 6 December: Cortex XDR 2.0 and Traps Launch In-Depth Sales and Technical Training (Part 2)
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