Archive for May, 2013

Palo Alto Networks Achieves Rigorous Common Criteria Certification

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Palo Alto Networks Achieves Rigorous Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 16, 2013—Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the network security company™, today announced that Palo Alto Networks firewalls have achieved Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+), the highest level of globally recognized certification for the firewall category.

This achievement marks the completion of a rigorous third-party evaluation and testing process. It proves that Palo Alto Networks firewalls are third-party validated security platforms for the most critical infrastructures, ranging from national governments to enterprise and financial institution networks.

“Because of heightened cyber security concerns, many organizations are looking for innovative and proven network security solutions that give them better control over network traffic,” said Lee Klarich, senior vice president of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks, Inc. “This certification adds to the existing validations that underscore Palo Alto Networks firewalls are an exceptional platform to meet today’s pressing network security needs.”

This achievement expands Palo Alto Networks growing list of technical credentials, which include recognition by ICSA Labs (Network firewall certification), Telcordia (NEBS) and NIST (FIPS 140-2), among others.

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Mass Employee Negligence Makes UK Sitting Duck for Cybercrime

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Britain is a sitting duck for cybercrime because employees couldn’t care less about the security of their workplace systems, suggests new research* announced today from tokenless authentication provider, Swivel Secure.
The study reveals: Almost a fifth (19%) of employees reuse the same username and password (UNP) across upwards of 25 different sites.

Three quarters of all respondents (77%) remained completely unconcerned about workplace security, suggesting that only a direct and personal experience of cybercrime will trigger a change in attitude.

Three quarters (75%) either write down or have another offline system for recording their passwords.

“This has been going on for long enough,” comments Chris Russell, VP Engineering at Swivel Secure. “The cloud’s over reliance on the username and password format has caused workers to resign themselves to the risks, and made the UK economy a sitting duck for corporate cybercrime.  The inconvenient truth is that workers are neither capable nor are they willing to maintain the complex, rolling system of passwords that today’s web environment demands.

“Analysts tell us that global spending on cyber security will exceed $68bln this year, but it is nonsensical for a business to invest heavily in firewalls, encryption and all manner of other protective technologies if its workers are effectively lowering the drawbridge to anyone that can guess their Facebook password,” continues Russell. “As our personal and professional worlds continue to collide online, businesses that are serious about protecting their data need to rethink their approach to user authentication and drop usernames and passwords for good.”

The Swivel authentication platform was first launched in 2003. It is now used by local government, the NHS, major global enterprises and smaller businesses in over 35 countries, to remotely access their business networks, virtual desktops and cloud-based applications. A strong alternative to UNPs, the Swivel authentication platform offers the widest range of user deployment options according to Gartner, including mobile apps, SMS and interactive voice response channels.

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