Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks headquarters in Santa Clara, California.
|Traded as||NYSE: PANW|
Russell 1000 Component
|Headquarters||Santa Clara, California, U.S.|
|Nikesh Arora (CEO)|
Nir Zuk (Co-founder and CTO)
(Co-founder and VP)
|Revenue||US$2.27 billion (2018)|
|US$-129 million (2018)|
|US$-148 million (2018)|
|Total assets||US$5.82 billion (2018)|
|Total equity||US$966 million (2018)|
Number of employees
|5,348  (2018)|
Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (abbreviated as PAN or PANW) is an American multinational cybersecurity company with headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Its core products are a platform that includes advanced firewalls and cloud-based offerings that extend those firewalls to cover other aspects of security. The company serves 50,000+ organizations in 150+ countries, including 85 of the Fortune 100, and is listed 15th in the Fortune Future 50 Challengers list. It is home to the Unit 42 threat research team and hosts the Ignite cybersecurity conference. In June 2018, former Google and SoftBank executive Nikesh Arora joined the company as Chairman and CEO.
Palo Alto Networks was founded in 2005 by Israeli-American Nir Zuk, a former engineer from Check Point and NetScreen Technologies, and was the principal developer of the first stateful inspection firewall and the first intrusion prevention system. When asked why he started Palo Alto Networks, Zuk cited his objective of solving a problem enterprises were facing with existing network security solutions: the inability to safely enable employees to use modern applications, which entailed developing a firewall that could identify and provide fine-grained control of applications.
The company produced and shipped its first firewall in 2007 and branded it as the world's first "next-generation firewall". In 2009, Gartner released a publication defining the next-generation firewall. In contrast to traditional firewalls of the time which relied on simple rules such as port numbers and protocol to block traffic, the authors stated that next-generation firewalls should operate on and inspect all layers of the network stack and be intelligent enough to block threats independently of port numbers or protocols used. In particular, the publication defined this next-generation firewall as containing (in addition to the full capabilities of both traditional firewalls and intrusion prevention systems): Support for in-line deployment without disrupting network operations, application awareness and full stack visibility allowing for fine-grained detection and control of applications, extra-firewall intelligence, and upgrade paths.
Starting in 2011, Gartner began listing Palo Alto Networks as a leader on its enterprise firewall Magic Quadrant. The company debuted on the NYSE in July 20, 2012, raising $260 million with its initial public offering, which was the 4th-largest tech IPO of 2012.
In 2014, Palo Alto Networks founded the Cyber Threat Alliance with Fortinet, Mcafee, and Symantec, a not-for-profit organization with the goal of improving cybersecurity "for the greater good" by encouraging collaboration between cybersecurity organizations by sharing cyber threat intelligence amongst members. By 2018, the organization had 20 members including Cisco, Check Point, Juniper Networks, and Sophos.
In 2018, the company began opening dedicated cybersecurity training facilities around the world as part of the Global Cyber Range Initiative.
In May 2018, the company announced Application Framework, an open cloud-delivered ecosystem where developers can publish security services as SaaS applications that can be instantly delivered to the company's network of customers.
In June 2018, former Google Chief Business Officer and SoftBank President Nikesh Arora joined the company as chairman and CEO. His predecessor, Mark McLaughlin, became vice chairman of the board of directors. Arora received a pay package worth about $128 million, making him one of the highest paid executives in the United States. In October 2018, the company announced former Google executive Amit Singh would succeed Mark Anderson as President.
Palo Alto Networks offers a Security Operating Platform which provides network security, cloud security, advanced endpoint protection, and various cloud-delivered security services through Application Framework. Components of the Security Operating Platform include (but is not limited to):
- Next-generation firewalls, offered in multiple forms including:
- As a physical appliance through the PA series, which includes small form-factor firewalls such as the PA-220 for small business and offices, to the PA-7000 series built for large enterprises and service providers.
- As a virtualized appliance through the VM series, allowing the firewall to be run as a virtual machine to secure virtualized data centers and private clouds. It is also compatible with public cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
- As a streamlined cloud service provided by Palo Alto Networks through GlobalProtect Cloud Service.
- Panorama, a network security control center that allows customers to manage a fleet of firewalls at an enterprise scale from a single console.
- Traps™ advanced endpoint protection. Unlike a traditional antivirus, Traps does not rely on signatures to detect malware. Instead, it focuses on analyzing the behavior of programs to detect zero-day exploits. Threat intelligence is shared with and obtained from Wildfire.
- Wildfire, a cloud-based threat-analysis service which uses dynamic analysis, static analysis, machine learning, and bare-metal analysis to discover and prevent unknown threats..
- Logging Service, a cloud-delivered service that enables customers to collect large volumes of log data from their network for machine learning, data analytics, or use by apps in the Application Framework.
- Application Framework, an open cloud-delivered ecosystem where customers can subscribe to security applications developed by 3rd-party developers or Palo Alto Networks, such as Magnifier™ behavior analytics and AutoFocus™ threat intelligence.
- Evident, provides continuous security of public cloud infrastructure services and one-button compliance reports, enabling customers to deploy applications with confidence the cloud is configured to meet their organization’s security requirements.
- Morta Security was acquired for an undisclosed sum in January 2014
- Cyvera was acquired for approximately $200 million in April 2014
- CirroSecure was acquired for an undisclosed sum in May 2015
- LightCyber was acquired for approximately $100 million in March 2017 
- Evident.io was acquired for $300 million in cash in March 2018 
- Secdo was acquired for a undisclosed sum in April 2018 
- RedLock was acquired for $173 million in October 2018 
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