Google Cloud expands strategic partnership with Palo Alto Networks

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Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks are launching new solutions to help its customers stay secure.

As part of the collaboration, the two companies will develop new product offerings and run several Palo Alto Networks services on Google Cloud. In addition, Palo Alto Networks will continue to use the Google Cloud Platform to deliver secure access to cloud applications as well as provide enterprise-scale security operations. By putting these solutions in the cloud customers benefit from increased visibility, continuous compliance and enhanced security analytics.

"Security of data is top-of-mind for every customer today, whether they run on-premises or within a single or multi-cloud environment," said Kevin Ichhpurani (pictured), corporate vice president, global ecosystem at Google Cloud. "We're delighted to expand our work with Palo Alto Networks to deliver best-in-class security products and solutions to help customers run their most critical workloads in the cloud, confidently and securely."

The new security solutions will be designed to support multi-cloud environments and to strengthen threat detection capabilities. Using Anthos, the two will create a security framework for multi-cloud environments, helping customers to automate security operations.

In addition, Palo Alto Networks is building a best-practice security framework for Anthos hybrid and multi-cloud Kubernetes deployments to help Google Cloud customers deploy a common compliance and runtime security posture across all of their workloads.

"We are excited to partner with Google Cloud to help customers secure their cloud journey," added Rahul Sood, senior vice president of Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks. "By partnering with Google Cloud to deliver a jointly developed security framework for multi-cloud environments and the new integration for threat intelligence, we will simplify how customers secure their cloud native environments, whether they are single or multi-cloud. Our partnership on Prisma Access allows us to deliver secure access for customers to their cloud applications from more locations. Through our partnership on Cortex, we bring enterprise scale analytics for prevention detection and threat response on integrated endpoint, firewall and cloud data on our Cortex platform."

As for enhancing threat detection, Google Cloud will combine the intelligence within its own Event Threat Detection product with Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus threat intelligence service. This results in signals based on Google's own internal sources with additional visibility from Palo Alto Networks footprint of network, endpoint, and cloud intelligence sources.

All these services will be available in the first half of 2020.