Enterprise-to-Cloud Security on One Platform
To secure its enterprise infrastructure, Monroe County deployed the Palo Alto Networks Strata™ network security suite, including PA-820 and PA-220 Next-Generation Firewalls and subscriptions for Threat Prevention, URL Filtering, the WildFire® malware prevention service, and Panorama™ network security management. The county also implemented the Cortex XDR™ platform to bring together enterprise-wide prevention, detection, and response leveraging intelligence from the network, endpoints, and cloud. In addition, the county now uses Prisma® Access to extend the same security to its remote users and small sites, along with Prisma SaaS to secure access to Microsoft 365 and other SaaS applications as they are adopted.
Howard has more than 200 assets to manage, with more being added every day, across dozens of facilities spread around the county. Impressively, he secures and monitors the entire infrastructure—on premises and in the cloud— on his own using Palo Alto Networks technology.
“It’s a beautiful thing being able to go to one spot and analyze every part of the network, whether it’s the firewalls, endpoints, or SaaS,” Howard remarks. “Everything ties together nicely rather than trying to piece together information from several different applications and still not have a clear picture.”
Cortex XDR is the focal point for Howard’s security operations, providing the big picture of network activity across the county. “I felt it was very important to understand everything that’s happening on our network, what end users are receiving or sending out, and if there are any executables coming through that could be infected with a virus or malware. Cortex XDR allows me to get down to the granular details to understand, is this a normal pattern or something that needs to be investigated.”
With advanced endpoint protection integrated in Cortex XDR, Howard has extensive visibility and control over every end user device on the Monroe County network. He can delve into exactly which applications and services are running on each machine and quickly determine if there is anything abnormal or inappropriate. “I get a visual of how each machine is operating and if there’s anything that should not be running on it,” Howard says. “Cortex XDR is an awesome tool for quickly seeing which machine is affected. Then, I can update my policies right there rather than go into Active Directory. It saves a ton of time versus going from endpoint to endpoint, calling every end user. I can focus more on the bigger security picture.”