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8 Hot New Palo Alto Networks Tools And Features At Ignite ’21

Michael Novinson

From spotting over-permissioned Microsoft Azure cloud accounts and reducing the time needed to remediate misconfigurations to the first-ever specialization for managed service partners, here are the top features debuting at Palo Alto Networks Ignite ’21.

2. Cortex XMDR  

Cortex Extended Detection and Response (XMDR) is designed to enable partners to capitalize on the growing customer need to detect, investigate and respond to cyberthreats across their endpoint, network and cloud assets. The specialization enables partners to combine Cortex XDR with their own managed services offering to help customers streamline SOC operations and mitigate cyberthreats.

The XMDR specialization will debut with Critical Start, Orange Cyberdefense, PwC and Trustwave as launch partners, and Shah said Palo Alto Networks hopes to add many more partners going forward. These four partners were selected thanks to their longstanding relationship with Palo Alto Networks and their strong understanding of the challenges customers face around SOC and XDR technology, he said.

To achieve an XMDR specialization, partners must have Cortex XDR-certified SOC analysts/threat hunters on staff and available around the clock and complete technical and sales enablement as well as specialization exams. In addition, solution providers must have an existing MDR offering established for at least one year, Tier 1 and Tier 2 support, and a certain number of XDR endpoints under management.

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