Palo Alto Networks boosts Prisma Cloud with Out-of-Band WAAS


With the rise of hybrid work that compels organizations to look for flexible cloud migration, Palo Alto Networks introduced Out-of-Band Web Application and API Security (Out-of-Band WAAS) to Prisma Cloud to help organizations secure web applications without the overwhelming process.  

Prisma Cloud breaks away from the primary industry approach to securing web applications via deploying inline web application firewalls, which may cause performance and scalability concerns. Instead, it provides organizations with deep web and API security both inline and out of band, allowing them to choose how to protect their applications in the cloud. 

“Companies no longer have to decide between application security and performance. By adding Out-of-Band WAAS to Prisma Cloud, we are empowering customers with flexible security options that fit their evolving application needs,” said Ankur Shah, senior vice president, Prisma Cloud, Palo Alto Networks. 

As a leader in The Forrester Wave: Cloud Workload Security, Q1 2022, Palo Alto Networks’s Prisma Cloud will also be getting new and optimized capabilities, such as threat detection, alert prioritization, and permissions management. This is to help provide organizations with deeper, unified visibility across their entire cloud application portfolio:

  • Multicloud Graph View for Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM): Discover over-privileged accounts and understand access risk across multi-cloud environments. Prisma Cloud now provides a graph view of the net effective permissions across AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
  • Multicloud Agentless Cloud Workload Protection: Extend visibility into cloud workloads and application risks across Azure, Google Cloud, and AWS to complement existing agent-based protection.
  • DNS-Based Threat Detection: Surface malicious activity and anomalous behavior in cloud environments. Prisma Cloud Threat Detection now leverages machine learning (ML) and advanced threat intelligence to identify bad actors hiding in DNS traffic.
  • MITRE ATT&CK Alert Prioritization: Enable security teams to prioritize risks and incidents based on the industry’s most widely adopted framework.

“As organizations increasingly build and deploy their applications in the cloud, protecting their business-critical applications without impacting performance has been a challenge,” said Melinda Marks, senior analyst, ESG. “Adding the option of Out-of-Band WAAS helps both developer and security teams secure their applications with the same level of security as traditional inline WAFs and API security without impacting performance.”

Out-of-band WAAS is now available for Prisma Cloud Compute Edition. At the same time, the Enterprise Edition will also access it over the next month. Meanwhile, the additional features will roll out for Prisma Cloud Enterprise Edition over the next month. 

Get more details about Prisma Cloud and its new features by visiting Palo Alto Network’s official site here.