Palo Alto Networks provides IT and OT cybersecurity services to a wide range of government, enterprise, and service vendors. In addition to the usual industrial sectors, it recently signed a multiyear partnership contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to equip the DoD with its Internet Operations Management (IOM) capabilities, including the industry's leading attack surface management solution, Cortex Xpanse. This is an important aspect of Palo Alto Networks’ implementation strategy as defense will become a major area of OT cybersecurity spending,
ABI Research assessed Palo Alto Networks as the Overall Leader in Industrial Firewalls For OT/IT Security. This is mostly due to a combination of a comprehensive portfolio of firewalls, including physical, virtual, cloud, and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions for remote access, and service and support. Palo Alto Networks’ firewalls deploy both traditional stateful inspection and newer Deep Packet Inspection (DPI). Palo Alto also ranked highly due to solid financials, high regional coverage, and market share.
Palo Alto Networks ranked as a Top Innovator in Industrial Firewalls For OT/IT Security. The company offers a host of NGFWs that can be deployed to secure industrial networks. Their PA-220R ruggedized appliance is specifically tailored to harsh industrial environments. Palo Alto’s firewalls have the ability to enforce security for users at any location and on any device, while adapting policy based on user activity. Palo Alto Networks’ NGFWs implement a unique, single-pass, parallel-processing engine that allows it to do DPI of IT and OT applications and protocols (Layer-7), OT asset inventorying, granular zero-trust policies, and advanced threat services at high speed.