Palo Alto’s WildFire named ‘leader’ in malware analysis

Palo Alto LogoWildFire offering by Palo Alto Networks has been recognised by Forrester Research as a leader among automated malware analysis providers, according to the company.

In the report, “The Forrester Wave: Automated Malware Analysis, Q2 2016,” Forrester analysed technologies from 11 vendors using 36 different criteria, Palo Alto Networks said in a press statement.

In the firm’s analysis of Palo Alto Networks WildFire cloud-based offering, Forrester noted that Palo Alto Networks “pushes automated malware analysis into the NGFW feature stack.” It described the company’s strategy going forward as “comprehensive, covering prevention as well as detection and response”, the statement added.

According to the report, in its discussion of Automated Malware Analysis, “These tools have transformed the specific skill sets of manual practitioners into an automated technology solution that uses static and dynamic analysis methods to detect existing malware while also discovering brand new exploit tools. In 2016, these technologies have shifted from possible to necessary investments in a security stack designed to prevent the known and detect the unknown.”

Reacting to the report, René Bonvanie, EVP & CMO, Palo Alto Networks, said, “We are honored by Forrester’s recognition of WildFire, which is an integral component of our next-generation security platform and a vital tool for organizations that want to prevent successful cyber breaches by protecting against known and unknown threats.”

WildFire offers advanced protection from unknown threats. Through native integration with Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, the service brings advanced threat detection and prevention to every security appliance deployed throughout the network, endpoint and cloud, automatically sharing protections with all subscribers globally in as little as five minutes.

“Over 30,000 customers in 140 countries have chosen Palo Alto Networks because of our deep expertise, unwavering commitment to innovation and breach prevention-oriented next-generation platform,” Bonvanie said.