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Q&A: Palo Alto Networks CEO On High Growth, Partner Investment And Edging Out The Competition

Palo Alto Networks CEO Mark McLaughlin sat down with CRN to discuss his company's investments with partners and how he's trying to keep a leg up on the competition.

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Palo Alto Networks has been seeing incredible growth. What is driving it?

The digital age has advanced upon us, and it has really been for a very long time an approach that was incremental ... That incremental approach has led to where the vast majority of organizations and enterprises are today, which is a network that has truly been cobbled together ... Now, it's extraordinarily obvious on a global basis that that doesn't work. If it did, we wouldn't be reading about all of these problems. The reason that there is so much angst and anxiety about security right now ... is that [leadership] realizes that if we were to collectively lose trust in the digital infrastructure that underlies everything, it would be literally chaotic. It's not the big-bang sort of "digital Pearl Harbor." What's happening is more like paper cut, paper cut, paper cut. The trust is slowly bleeding out of the whole system.

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