CenturyLink integrated a managed version of Palo Alto Networks’ next-gen firewalls with its existing Security Log Monitoring service. This gives the service provider another managed firewall brand in addition to Cisco and Fortinet. It also extends its network visibility and threat detection.
“Palo Alto has a strong brand name,” said Chris Smith, vice president of global security services at CenturyLink. “We took this to market because customers were telling us this is a gap in our portfolio.”
The managed firewall, integrated with CenturyLink’s Security Log Monitoring platform, gives companies better threat intelligence capabilities and visibility across their hybrid network environments, Smith added.
It offers a range of intrusion prevention systems throughput, from 610 Mb/s to 20 Gb/s. And it supports features including: anti-virus; URL filtering; site-to-site and client VPNs; and application, content, and user identification.
CenturyLink earlier this year updated its Security Log Monitoring (SLM) product with correlated threat intelligence, new cloud security monitoring features, and a real-time mobile application for threat detection and response.
Smith said that coupled with advanced firewalls and CenturyLink’s Adaptive Threat Intelligence (ATI) threat intelligence service, which ingests about 120 billion netflow sessions every day from activity in the CenturyLink network, the service provider can have a complete picture of network traffic and potential security threats.
“We’re not just a boutique security provider, Smith said. “We have the largest internet backbone on the planet so we can see things and can remediate things from a network standpoint that many of our competitors can’t. The SLM piece we layer onto this tool gives companies a simple way to correlate all their devices. And the layer on top of that is the ATI capability that lets us see onto the network.”