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PCCSA Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate

Exam Name : Cybersecurity Associate
Exam Number : PCCSA
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The Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate (PCCSA) possesses knowledge of cutting-edge technology available today to manage the cyber threats of tomorrow. The PCCSA certification should be pursued by students and individuals new to cybersecurity to validate up-to-date knowledge on cyber-threats and cyber-security.

Section Objectives Cybersecurity Foundation 1. Cybersecurity Landscape
- Modern computing trends
- New application framework and threat vectors
- Turbulence in the cloud
- SaaS application risks
- Compliance and security are not the same
- latest high-profile cyber-attack examples
- Cyberthreats
- Attacker profiles and motivations
- Modern cyber-attack strategy
- Endpoint security basics
- Cyber-attack Techniques and Types
- Malware
- Vulnerabilities and exploits
- Spamming and phishing
- Bots and botnets
Spamming botnets
DDoS botnets
Financial botnets
- Wi-Fi and Advanced Persistent Threats
- Wi-Fi vulnerabilities
Wired equivalent privacy
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2/WPA3)
- Wi-Fi man-in-the-middle attacks
Evil Twin
- Advanced Persistent Threats Cybersecurity Gateway 1. The Connected Globe
- The NET: How things connect
- Introduction to networking devices
- Routed and routing protocols
- Area networks and topologies
- Domain Name System (DNS)
Physical, Logical, and Virtual Addressing
- IP addressing basics
- Introduction to subnetting

Packet Encapsulation and Lifecycle
- The OSI and TCP/IP models
- Data encapsulation
Network Security Models
- Perimeter-based network security strategy
- Zero Trust security
Core Zero Trust design principles
Zero Trust conceptual architecture
Key Zero Trust criteria and capabilities
Implementing a Zero Trust design
Cloud and Data Center Security
- Cloud computing depends on virtualization
- Cloud computing security considerations and requirements
- Traditional data security solution weaknesses
- East-west traffic protection
- Implementing security in virtualized data centers 6. Network Security Technologies
- Firewalls
Packet filtering firewalls
Stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewalls
Application firewalls
- Intrusion detection and prevention systems
- Web content filters
- Virtual private networks
Point-to-point tunneling protocol)
Layer 2 tunneling protocol
Secure socket tunneling protocol
Microsoft Point-to-Point Encryption
Internet Protocol Security
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
- Data loss prevention
- Unified Threat Management
- Security information and event management 7. Endpoint security
- Anti-malware
Application whitelisting
Anomaly detection
- Anti-spyware
- Personal firewalls
- Host-based Intrusion Prevention Systems (HIPS)
- Mobile device management
Cloud, Virtualization, and Storage Security
- Cloud computing
- Virtualization
- Local and remote storage
Networking Concepts
- Server and system administration
Patch management
Configuration management
- Directory services
- Structured host and network troubleshooting
- ITIL fundamentals
- Help desk and technical support Cybersecurity Essentials
Security Operating Platform
Network Security
- Next-generation firewalls
Application identification
User Identification
Content identification
Log correlation and reporting
- Palo Alto Networks Expedition (Migration Tool)
- Network security management (Panorama)
Endpoint Protection
- Advanced endpoint protection (Traps)
Malware prevention
Exploit prevention
Traps deployment architecture
Traps in action
- Mobile security and VPN management (GlobalProtect)
Cloud Security
- Cloud monitoring and compliance (Evident)
- SaaS security (Aperture)
SaaS threat prevention
Data exposure visibility
Contextual data exposure control
Advanced document classification
Retroactive policy
Application Framework and Logging Service
- Behavioral analytics (Magnifier)
- Log management (Logging Service)
- Threat intelligence (AutoFocus)
Priority alerts and tags
Threat correlation
Actionable intelligence
- Threat indicator sharing (MineMeld)
- Malware analysis (WildFire)
Behavior-based cyberthreat discovery
Threat prevention with global intelligence sharing
Integrated logging, reporting, and forensics

Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate
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Killexams : Palo-Alto Cybersecurity exam format - BingNews Search results Killexams : Palo-Alto Cybersecurity exam format - BingNews Killexams : Palo Alto Networks acquires cybersecurity startup Cider Security

Updated with announcement and earnings:

Palo Alto Networks Inc. has acquired cybersecurity startup Cider Ltd.

Under the definitive agreement, announced today, the cybersecurity firm will acquire Cider for about $195 million, excluding the value of replacement equity awards. The acquisition is expected to close during Palo Alto Networks’ second quarter of fiscal 2023.

The announcement followed a TechCrunch report earlier in the day. It said the deal values Cider, which does business as Cider Security, at up to $300 million. The report also said Palo Alto Networks is expected to finance the transaction with up to $200 million in cash and $100 million worth of stock, though it appears it won’t be spending quite that much. Cider Security previously raised $44 million in funding from investors. 

Israel-based Cider Security provides a platform that helps software teams find and resolve vulnerabilities in application code. It can also find vulnerabilities in the tools that a software team uses to develop applications.

As part of its feature set, Cider Security’s platform provides access to more than a half-dozen third-party code scanning tools. The tools can analyze an application’s source code to find security flaws. They can identify any vulnerable open-source components that an application may contain, encryption keys managed in an insecure manner and several other types of software flaws.

Cider Security says its platform reduces the amount of manual work involved in deploying code scanning tools. To save more time for developers, the platform prioritizes the vulnerabilities surfaced by a code scanning tool based on their severity to streamline the troubleshooting process.

Cider Security’s second major focus area is helping software teams secure the tools they use to develop applications. 

Building an application is a multistep process that involves many different tasks besides writing code. Developers must test their code for potential reliability issues, package it in a software container that can be easily deployed to production and configure the infrastructure on which the container will run. Each step of the process is carried out using one or more specialized development tools.

Cider Security’s platform automatically maps out the different development tools used by a company’s developers. It then identifies potential configuration issues that may create a risk of cyberattacks. The platform can, for example, determine if a development tool contains insecure settings that may allow hackers to access an application’s code files.

The company’s technology will complement Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma Cloud platform. Prisma Cloud can detect vulnerabilities in an application’s code, as well as spot cyberattacks that attempt to target those vulnerabilities. Using Cider Security’s technology, Palo Alto Networks can help companies secure not only their application code but also the tools with which they manage the code.

Palo Alto Networks also reported its fiscal first-quarter earnings today. Revenue rose 25%, to $1.6 billion, while net income hit $20 million, or six cents a share, reversing a loss of $1.3.6 million or 35 cents a share. Profit before certain costs rose 56% from a year ago, to $266.4 million, or 83 cents a share.

“Our growth in Q1 was driven by customers continuing to increase their commitments to our security platforms as they are able to choose our best-of-breed capability and simplify their security architecture,” said Palo Alto Chief Executive Nikesh Arora. “We are focused on expanding the breadth of our offerings and our pace of innovation to continue to drive share gains in the cybersecurity market.”

Palo Alto’s stock rose almost 5% in after-hours trading after falling about 1.6% in the regular session. That may have been driven by positive guidance. For its second quarter, it’s expecting adjusted earnings of 76 to 78 cents a share on revenue of $1.63 billion to $1.66 billion, up between 24% and 26%.

For the full fiscal 2023, it raised guidance to revenue between $6.85 billion and $6.91 billion, up 25% to 26%, and adjusted earnings of $3.37 to $3.44 a share.

The purchase of Cider Security marks the latest in a series of nine-figure startup acquisitions the company has made over latest years. Similarly to Cider Security, many of those startups developed tools that help companies fix vulnerabilities in software code and ensure internal systems’ configuration settings meet cybersecurity requirements. Several of the products that Palo Alto Networks has acquired in latest years are now part of its Prisma Cloud platform.

With reporting from Robert Hof

Photo: Palo Alto Networks

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Thu, 17 Nov 2022 10:46:00 -0600 en-US text/html
Killexams : Palo Alto Networks Soars on Cybersecurity Demand and a New Acquisition

Palo Alto Networks (PANW -1.17%) continues to impress. With digital security more crucial than ever, shares of the top cybersecurity pure play (as measured by revenue and market cap) are down less than 6% in 2022 with just over a month to go until the new year.

Considering that the S&P 500 index is down nearly 18% over the same time period, Palo Alto Networks has been a great stock to own during the bear market.

The most latest pop higher is a result of the company's fiscal 2023 earnings update, which was accompanied by a raise in full-year financial guidance and the announcement of a new acquisition. Cybersecurity is a secular growth trend, and this is a top way to invest in the space for the long haul. 

No recession for this top cybersecurity company

Palo Alto Networks reported a 25% year-over-year increase in revenue to $1.56 billion in its fiscal 2023 first quarter (the three months ended October 2022). Billings -- what's been invoiced to customers for payment -- increased 27% to $1.75 billion, giving a good indication of the direction this business is headed in the immediate future.

Net income was $20 million, compared to a net loss of $104 million last year. Free cash flow, which can be highly volatile from quarter to quarter, was an impressive $1.2 billion, compared to $554 million last year.

Given the great showing to kick off fiscal 2023, management updated its guidance and now expects full-year revenue of $6.85 billion to $6.91 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 25% to 26% (compared to a growth forecast of just 25% before). Adjusted free-cash-flow profit margin was also increased to a range of 34.5% to 35.5% (it was 33.5% to 34.5% before).

One downside here is that total share count is now set to rise to 325 million to 331 million shares outstanding, compared to the previous outlook for 111 million to 113 million shares outstanding. That's likely a function of Palo Alto Network's announced acquisition of Cider Security. The price tag will be $195 million in cash, plus equity awards and stock-based compensation to employees.

Palo Alto Networks had $3.8 billion in cash and short-term investments on hand at the end of October, and another $2.1 billion in long-term investments, offset by convertible debt of $3.68 billion.  

Is this acquisition a good thing?

The acquisition of Cider Security ends a hiatus in takeovers at Palo Alto Networks. A multiyear spending spree that CEO Nikesh Arora kicked off when he took over the leadership role concluded in early 2021. 

But cybersecurity needs are constantly in flux, adjusting to meet the protection needs of customers as they stave off the bad guys. Cider Security helps fill an emerging and specific need: securing the software development supply chain. 

Cider secures software while it's being developed, as well as during the crucial stage when an application is being updated. It will be highly complementary to Palo Alto Networks' new cloud-based security tools that scan for software's vulnerabilities before it gets completed and rolled out to users.

Arora and his team have been focused on increasing profitability as of late (including share buybacks to offset stock-based compensation), and another acquisition will be a short-term drag on shareholders. That's particularly the case because of the expected increase in share count, since it will lower free cash flow per share. Nevertheless, Palo Alto Networks is expanding at a brisk pace, and security innovation and aggressive takeovers of small peers are required to keep that expansion going. 

It's worth keeping an eye on the share count and how it dilutes results this year. Nevertheless, Palo Alto Networks' success at generating shareholder value under Arora has been impressive since he took over in mid-2018.

PANW Free Cash Flow Per Share Chart

Data by YCharts.

The good news is that the takeover of Cider Security doesn't alter management's focus on driving profitable growth. Investors need not expect another string of expensive acquisitions like a few years ago, and the company generates ample free cash flow to continue repurchasing stock.

Shares currently trade for just under 22 times trailing-12-month free cash flow. The company remains the top dog in the cybersecurity market for good reason. With cybersecurity and cloud computing growth in high gear, I like its chances of reaching Arora's goal to be the first cybersecurity business with a $100 billion market cap (double the current size) in the next few years.

Nick Rossolillo and his clients have positions in Palo Alto Networks. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Palo Alto Networks. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:32:00 -0600 Nicholas Rossolillo en text/html
Killexams : Can Palo Alto Networks Pass the 'Test' This Time?

Shares of Palo Alto Networks (PANW) were rated a new buy by a smaller sell-side firm Thursday. Sometimes the sharpest minds work at smaller shops so let's check out the charts of this cybersecurity platform.

In the daily bar chart of PANW, below, we can see that the shares have been testing the 200-day moving average line and its slope is flat or neutral. We can see that prior tests of this indicator since early October have failed. Is this time the charm?

The slope of the 50-day moving average line is bottoming. Trading volume has increased in November as traders are showing more interest in the company. The On-Balance-Volume (OBV) line shows some uneven improvement in November.

The trend-following Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) oscillator crossed above the zero line last month for an outright buy signal.

In the weekly Japanese candlestick chart of PANW, below, we are a little confused (this happens at times). The shares are not showing a clear picture of a bottom reversal and no obvious lower shadows. Prices are testing the downward sloping 40-week moving average line.

The weekly OBV line shows some improvement in the past two weeks. The weekly MACD oscillator is crossing to the upside for a cover shorts buy signal.

In this daily Point and Figure chart of PANW, below, we can see a potential downside price target in the $153 area.

In this weekly Point and Figure chart of PANW, below, we can see a lower price target in the $133 area.

Bottom-line strategy: In the short-run it looks like shares of PANW can rally towards the $190 area but I am not sure that this strength can be sustained. Nimble traders only could jump in for a short-term turn.

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Sun, 04 Dec 2022 13:47:00 -0600 BRUCE KAMICH en text/html
Killexams : Palo Alto Networks unveils APAC cybersecurity predictions for 2023

The cyberattacks across industries last year are a sharp escalation to the disruptive threats facing businesses. In 2022, cybercriminals targeted critical infrastructure with ransomware attacks. They also continued to find new ways to exploit the cryptocurrency boom, hybrid working, and, more recently, unsecured APIs. 

As per Palo Alto Networks’ latest ‘What’s Next in Cyber Survey,’ almost all respondents admitted their organization experienced cybersecurity incidents and data breaches in the past year, 11 on average. However, a cause of concern is that only 2 in 5 say their board’s recognition of cyber risk has increased significantly alongside accelerated digitalization strategies.

Palo Alto Networks’ 2023 APAC cybersecurity predictions feature the top 5 insights from our leaders to help organizations pursue a more secure future. In cybersecurity, predictions are highly relevant because, apart from the attacker’s behaviors, they consider a broad view- from technology to workplace trends and evolving laws and regulations.

Steven Scheurmann, regional vice president for ASEAN, Palo Alto Networks, said, “The fluidity of today’s cyberattacks will require business leaders to reimagine their cybersecurity approach constantly. Leaders must consider innovative solutions, technologies, and approaches that outperform traditional mechanisms. Organizations have much to consider in 2023, but remaining vigilant and aware will empower them to defend against the evolving threats.”

Steven Scheurmann, regional vice president for ASEAN, Palo Alto Networks

“From prevention-first Al to adopting Zero Trust strategy and architecture, it will be imperative to adopt the broadest and deepest cyber expertise and threat intelligence into their defenses to stay ahead of the curve. But, more importantly, they must build resiliency to respond and recover from those that inevitably get through,” he added.

Palo Alto Networks has identified five key cybersecurity trends to watch out for in 2023:


Accelerated 5G adoption will deepen vulnerabilities

5G connections in the Asia Pacific (APAC) are expected to reach 430 million in 2025, up from 200 million at the end of end-2021, according to a latest report by the industry association GSMA. While cloud provides greater agility, scalability, and performance, it also exposes the 5G core to cloud security vulnerabilities. Large-scale attacks could come from anywhere, even from within the operator’s network


Securing connected medical devices will be critical

Digitization enables new healthcare capabilities, e.g., virtual healthcare and remote diagnosis. The prevalence of legacy systems and sensitive data attractive to cyber criminals makes healthcare a soft target, and cyber threat actors will focus on it. The closer a device is to a patient, the more likely it is to impact patient safety, and the more likely a threat actor will weaponize it. Ensuring the cybersecurity of medical IoT will be important as ever for patient safety.


Cloud supply chain attacks will disrupt businesses.

Companies adopting cloud-native architectures are also inherently consuming third-party code in their critical applications. Log4J recently demonstrated how many organizations can be immediately vulnerable due to a piece of dependent code tucked deep into the software packaging process. We have also seen attackers targeting the volunteers who maintain these open-source code constructs to infiltrate organizations through the package update processes. This issue falls under the cloud supply chain, and we will see more disruptions due to cloud adoption trends in the coming year(s). [1]37% of organisations expect software supply chain attacks to increase most in 2023.


The debate on data sovereignty will intensify

As the world becomes more reliant on data and digital information, the volume of regulations and legislation emanating from a desire to control and protect citizens and ensure the continued availability of critical services will increase. As a result, the conversations around data localization and data sovereignty will likely intensify in 2023.


Metaverse to be the new playground for cybercriminals 

With an estimated $54 billion spent on virtual goods every year, the metaverse could open up a new playground for cybercriminals. The immersive nature of the metaverse will unlock new opportunities for businesses and consumers alike, as it allows buyers and sellers to connect in a new way. Companies will take advantage of mixed reality experiences to diversify their offerings and cater to the needs of consumers in the metaverse.

[1] Palo Alto Networks’ What’s Next in Cyber Survey September 2022

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 20:21:00 -0600 en-US text/html
Killexams : Palo Alto Networks: Record Results And Outstanding Execution
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Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ:PANW) is an iconic cybersecurity company that is known as a best-in-class provider of hardware-based firewalls. However, over the past few years, the company has reinvented itself with a series of cloud and software-based security products. This transformation has gone exceptionally well as the company now has 13 leadership recognitions across Network Security, Cloud Security and Threat Detection.

Palo Alto Networks Business Model

Palo Alto Networks Business Model (Q1, FY23 report)

The cybersecurity industry is forecasted to grow at a 13.33% CAGR, between 2022 and 2026 reaching a market value of $299 billion by the end of the period. Palo Alto is poised to ride this growth trend as organizations require security for their multi-cloud services. In this post I'm going to break down the company's financials and valuation, let's dive in.

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Strong Financials

Palo Alto Networks reported strong financial results for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2023. Revenue was $1.56 billion, which increased by a rapid 25% year over year and beat analyst expectations by $12.21 million.

Total Revenue

Total Revenue (Q1, FY23 report)

Overall revenue was driven by solid Product revenue growth of 12% and total services revenue growth of 30%. By geography, the business saw growth across all regions with the EMEA region being a standout performer, as revenue increased by 32% year over year. This was followed by the JPAC countries (26% revenue growth) and the Americas at 24% revenue growth.

The company's "next generation" security [NGS] platform, which includes the Cortex, Prisma Cloud and Prisma SASE reported solid growth. NGS Annual recurring revenue [ARR] increased by a blistering 67% year over year to a record $2.11 billion. For more on the company's products, you can read my past report on Palo Alto Networks.

Next Generation Security ARR

Next Generation Security ARR (Q1, FY23 report)

Taking a step back, "Billings", which is the amount actually invoiced to customers and the true "top line" for SaaS companies also showed solid growth. Total Billings increased by 27% year over year to $1.75 billion.

Total Billings

Total Billings (Q1, FY23 report)

Remaining performance obligations (RPO), which is the sum of Deferred Revenue and Backlog, was increased by a rapid 38% year over year to $8.3 billion.

Notable customer wins in the quarter included a 9-figure deal with a U.S Federal government agency for the Cortex product. There was also a 7-figure deal with a large U.S Utility company for its software firewalls and Prisma Cloud technology. The company in question opted to use Prisma cloud as the platform to offer standardized security across 4 public clouds. This is an interesting point to note as a study indicates that 89% of IT decision-makers have a multi-cloud strategy. This is for a few reasons, firstly is security as some companies may prefer to keep some of their applications or data onsite due to regulations or legacy setups. In addition, each major cloud provider AWS, Azure and Google Cloud has various advantages in different areas. Therefore adopting a multi-cloud approach allows organizations to get the best of both worlds while not being tied to a specific vendor.

Multi Cloud report

Multi Cloud report (Flexera)

Historically many cybersecurity companies offered single-point solutions, this was great in the short term as specialist businesses produced the best products. However, as organizations adopt multiple solutions the IT security tech stack can become time-consuming and complex to manage with multiple different updates, patches, and dealing with multiple vendors. Palo Alto Networks aims to simplify this with its single vendor, the Next generation security platform. In the most latest quarter, the company signed an 8-figure multi-product deal with a major European media company, as they consolidated all their legacy security platforms. The company also closed a 7-figure deal with a U.S technology company that adopted all three of its next gen products.

Palo Alto Networks has also continued to generate strong upsells and cross-sells for its products for its largest customers. For example, the number of "Millionaire" customers, which are those with over $1 million in bookings over the past year, has risen substantially. Over 230 more of these "high ticket" customers have been added over the past year.

Millionaire Customers

Millionaire Customers (Q1, FY22 report)

Profitability and Expenses

Palo Alto Networks reported a Non-GAAP Gross margin of 74.35 which declined by 10% year over year. This was mainly due to supply chain expenses related to component shipping and doesn't look to be a long-term issue. The good news is the company reported an Operating Margin of 20.6% which increased by 260 basis points year over year. This was driven by lower expenses as a portion of revenue across its three main expenses, R&D, Sales and Marketing, and G&A. This is great to see as it shows the business is demonstrating operating leverage while still continuing to grow the top line.

Non-GAAP Net income increased by a rapid 56% year over year to $266 million.

Palo Alto Networks Financials

Palo Alto Networks Financials (Q1, FY22 report)

Earnings Per Share were $0.06, which beat analyst expectations by $0.11. The company also reported cash flow from operations of $1.24 billion and reported a record free cash flow of $1.2 billion. This was driven slightly by strong collections in the quarter, but still a great achievement overall.

Palo Alto Networks has a solid balance sheet with $5.9 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. However, the company does have $3.68 billion in current debt of the Convertible senior note type, which must be taken into account.

Management has raised its guidance on the strong quarter, full details are in the table below.

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks (Q1, FY23 report)

Advanced Valuation

In order to value Palo Alto Networks, I have plugged the latest financials into my advanced valuation model which uses the discounted cash flow method of valuation. I have forecasted 25% revenue growth for next year which is aligned with management estimates. However, I am forecasting this revenue growth to accelerate to 27% per year in years 2 to 5, as the economy recovers and the Next Gen Security offering continues to make up a larger portion of total revenue.

Palo Alto Networks stock valuation

Palo Alto Networks stock valuation (created by author Ben at Motivation 2 Invest)

To increase the accuracy of the valuation, I have capitalized R&D expenses, which has lifted operating income. In addition, I have forecasted the business to its operating margin to 23% over the next 8 years, as it continues to generate high operating leverage.

Palo Alto Networks stock valuation

Palo Alto Networks stock valuation (created by author Ben at Motivation 2 invest)

Given these factors, I get a fair value of $163 per share, the stock is trading at $171 per share at the time of writing and thus is fairly valued but not exactly cheap. Palo Alto Networks also trades at a Price to Sales ratio = 8 which is fairly valued relative to its 5-year average. Relative to other companies in the cybersecurity industry, Palo Alto Networks is trading at one of the cheapest levels.

Data by YCharts


Recession/Longer Sales Cycles

The high inflation and rising interest rate environment have caused many analysts to forecast a recession. Therefore, many companies are likely to reduce or delay spending which could result in longer sales cycles. So far, we are not seeing many signs of this with Palo Alto Networks but it is a general market risk.

Final Thoughts

Palo Alto Networks is a tremendous cybersecurity company that has reinvented their product suite in immense style. The company has continued to produce solid financial results despite tough economic conditions. However, the stock isn't exactly cheap, it is "fairly valued" at the time of writing.

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 19:32:00 -0600 en text/html
Killexams : Palo Alto, CyberArk, others may benefit as checks show 'stability' into 2023: Wedbush
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Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ:PANW), CyberArk (NASDAQ:CYBR), Zscaler (NASDAQ:ZS) and several other cybersecurity companies are likely to keep benefiting as Wedbush Securities said that checks into larger deals have shown some "clear stability" heading into the end of the year and 2023.

Analyst Dan Ives noted there has been a "modestly positive shift" in investor sentiment after what was seen as a "generally bullish" third-quarter earnings season for the sector, including Palo Alto's (PANW) "robust" results. And with the massive shift to the cloud in the sector, more reasonable valuations, the potential for further consolidation and the threat environment likely to remain "very complex," that sentiment change is likely to continue, Ives added.

"While there is clear uncertainty in this cloudy macro and more caution is being seen across the enterprise IT landscape, we strongly believe cyber security spending is actually gaining more incremental budget dollars into 2023 and well positioned vendors in the sector are the core names to own," Ives wrote in a note to clients.

Certain areas of the cybersecurity space have seen strong deal flow, including identity threat detection, privileged access management, endpoint/ vulnerability security and a discernible shift to zero trust architecture, Ives explained.

In addition to the aforementioned named, Ives also highlighted Checkpoint (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT) and Tenable (TENB) as companies that have "moats that are expanding" within the cyber security landscape.

Ives also noted that that while there may be some nervousness from investors as cybersecurity companies provide guidance for 2023 when they report fourth-quarter results, investor expectations have come down, which likely helped take some risk off the table.

Earlier this month, Loop Capital upgraded Palo Alto Networks (PANW), noting "signs of accelerating momentum driven by an increase in large deal activity."

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 21:22:00 -0600 en text/html
Killexams : Is Palo Alto Networks a Buy? Is Palo Alto Networks a Buy? © Provided by The Motley Fool Is Palo Alto Networks a Buy?

Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW) is still growing, and it is still churning out profits. Those were the main takeaways from the cybersecurity specialist's mid-November earnings report, which extended the company's positive momentum into a new fiscal year.

The management team raised their fiscal 2023 projections despite pressures on IT budgets and slowing economic growth in many markets. Let's take a look at whether that new outlook strengthens the bullish case for this tech stock.

The demand trends

Many IT companies are cutting costs today, including through layoffs and reduced advertising spending. But they continue to prioritize spending on the type of security management services that Palo Alto Networks provides.

Sales rose 25% in the fiscal Q1 period that ran through late October, the company said on Nov. 17. That result pushed revenue to $1.6 billion, comfortably exceeding the outlook range that management issued in late August.

While investors shouldn't read too much into any single quarter's growth, it is encouraging that Palo Alto Networks has posted several consecutive quarters of strong sales. That streak points to something more sustainable than simply closing a few large contracts in the period.

That good news also showed up in areas like Palo Alto's growing list of large enterprise clients and its expanding contract sizes. CEO Nikesh Arora said in a news release, "Our growth was driven by customers continuing to increase their commitments to our security platforms."

Financial wins

Investors should be just as thrilled with the progress the company is making on its finances. Palo Alto booked its second consecutive quarter of profitability. Operating cash flow was strong, too. Executives said back in August that they were seeking to deliver a balance between growth and expanding profit margins. This report reflects success on that score.

There is more good news ahead: Executives raised their 2023 outlook on both sales and earnings. They now expect revenue to raise by as much as 26% this year, up from the prior 25% target. Forecasts for cash flow and earnings received modest upgrades as well.

Is it a buy?

Despite its success in winning market share and generating solid profits, Palo Alto Networks' stock has barely kept pace with the market in 2022. Its valuation has dropped to below 9 times annual sales, compared to over 12 at other points in the year.

Sure, that discount reflects the potential for a recession ahead that might pressure sales over the coming quarters. A sharp economic slowdown could threaten Palo Alto Networks' profitability, given that it only recently started generating positive operating earnings.

However, the company has many of the ingredients that investors are seeking in a growth stock. It is gaining market share in a large, expanding industry. Palo Alto Networks' platform is winning a prime place in IT budgets, too, which means its services might stay in high demand even as enterprises cut spending elsewhere.

And its expanding profit margin in a volatile selling environment shows that the company could have strong pricing and earnings power. While the wider industry might be set for contraction over the short term, patient investors can look past those pressures to simply hold this attractive growth stock.


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Tue, 29 Nov 2022 23:51:00 -0600 en-US text/html
Killexams : Palo Alto Networks launches cybersecurity solution to protect hospitals & their networks

Multinational cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks on Tuesday, December 6, announced a medical IoT (internet of things) security suite that runs on the 'zero trust' philosophy — a cybersecurity approach that entails continuous verification of every user and device. The timing of the announcement could not have been better, as the country's premier hospital — All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi — is just getting back on its feet after a cyberattack, and at least one other hospital's servers were breached with patient data uploaded for sale on the dark web.

The new suite — Medical IoT Security — is aimed at enabling healthcare organisations to deploy and manage new connected technologies quickly and securely, especially now that healthcare providers use "digital devices such as diagnostic and monitoring systems, ambulance equipment, and surgical robots to Improve patient care," the company said in a press release.

“The proliferation of connected medical devices in the healthcare industry brings a wealth of benefits, but these devices are often not well secured,” said Anand Oswal, Senior Vice President of Products, Network Security, at Palo Alto Networks.

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“This makes security devices an attractive target for cyberattackers, potentially exposing patient data and ultimately putting patients at risk," he added.

Palo Alto said it implements zero trust through "automated device discovery, contextual segmentation, least privilege policy recommendations and one-click enforcement of policies" in a "seamless, simplified manner."

"Medical IoT Security also provides best-in-class threat protection through seamless integration with Palo Alto Networks cloud-delivered security services, such as Advanced Threat Prevention and Advanced URL Filtering," the press release read.

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According to the announcement, Medical IoT Security uses machine learning (ML) to enable healthcare organisations to:
  • Create device rules with automated security responses: Easily create rules that monitor devices for unusual behaviour and automatically trigger appropriate responses
  • Automate Zero Trust policy recommendations and enforcement: Enforce appropriate access to medical devices that is easily scaled across a set of similar gadgets.
  • Understand device vulnerabilities and risk posture: Map each medical device to a list of common vulnerabilities, which will help identify software used on the devices and their weak points. "Get immediate insights into the risk posture of each device, including end-of-life status, recall notification, default password alert and unauthorised external website communication," said Palo Alto.
  • Improve compliance: Easily understand medical device vulnerabilities, patch status and security settings, and then get recommendations to bring devices into compliance with rules and guidelines.
  • Verify network segmentation: Ensure each device is part of the proper network segment, which ensures it communicates only with authorised systems.
  • Simplify operations: Integration with existing healthcare information management systems to help automate workflows.

"Healthcare providers continue to be high-value targets for attackers. This reality, combined with the diversity of medical IoT devices and their inherent vulnerabilities, points to a real need for device security that is purpose-built for healthcare use cases. The ability to defend against threats targeting critical care devices ... is quickly becoming a necessity for the protection of patient data and lives," said Ed Lee, Research Director, IoT and Intelligent Edge Security, International Data Corporation.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2022 22:25:50 -0600 en-IN text/html
Killexams : Palo Alto Networks Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Cider Security

With Cider Security's software supply chain security capabilities, Prisma Cloud becomes must-have cloud security platform

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Palo Alto Networks® (NASDAQ: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cider Security (Cider), a pioneer in application security (AppSec) and software supply chain security. The proposed acquisition supports Palo Alto Networks Prisma® Cloud's platform approach to securing the entire application security lifecycle from code to cloud. Combined with its recently announced Software Composition Analysis (SCA) capabilities, Prisma Cloud will now provide the industry's most comprehensive supply chain security solution as part of its code-to-cloud security platform.

The diversity, velocity, and dynamic nature of today's software engineering ecosystem have introduced a wide array of new security challenges and gaps, which have made the software supply chain one of the biggest emerging attack vectors for cyber attackers. The average CI/CD pipeline can have hundreds of developer tools connected to it, which poses an enormous security risk. While much attention has been put on where code comes from, very little has been placed on the applications and software used in the development pipeline.

"Any organization using public cloud has an application infrastructure with hundreds of tools and applications that can access their code and yet, they have limited visibility to their configuration or if they are secured," says Lee Klarich, Chief Product Officer for Palo Alto Networks. "Cider has made it possible to connect into infrastructure, analyze the tools, and identify the risks, as well as how to remediate them. We are acquiring Cider for their innovation that will help enable Prisma Cloud to provide this capability that anyone doing cloud operations has to have."

"We designed an AppSec platform that allows engineering to continue to move fast, without making compromises on security. It's only fitting that we join Palo Alto Networks, a company built upon landmark cybersecurity 'firsts'. There couldn't be a better fit for Cider," said Guy Flechter, CEO at Cider Security. "By scanning and securing the CI/CD pipeline, we can help identify where there may be vulnerabilities in your code. Prisma Cloud will now be the ultimate solution for code to cloud security."

Under the terms of the agreement, Palo Alto Networks will acquire Cider Security for approximately $195 million in cash, excluding the value of replacement equity awards, subject to adjustment. The proposed acquisition is expected to close during Palo Alto Networks' second quarter of fiscal 2023, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on the company's financials.

Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud is the industry's most complete cloud-native application protection platform, an early mover in the cloud security space, revolutionizing how organizations protect their multi-cloud environments with a platform approach rather than relying on multiple disparate cloud security products. A year ago, Prisma Cloud "shifted left" with the release of Cloud Code Security, which has been amongst Prisma Cloud's fastest adopted modules. This was followed up with the September 2022 release of context-aware SCA. Cider furthers Prisma Cloud's mission by unifying Cloud and Application Security with a unique approach that cannot be achieved by point solutions.

For more details, please read Palo Alto Networks blog: here.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the anticipated benefits and impact of the proposed acquisition to Palo Alto Networks and its customers and future financial and operating results, and the anticipated closing of the acquisition. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release, including, but not limited to: the effect of the announcement of the proposed transaction on the parties' commercial and workforce relationships; the ability to be able to satisfy, and the satisfaction of, the conditions to the closing of the acquisition; the ability of the parties to consummate the proposed acquisition on a timely basis or at all; the ability of Palo Alto Networks to integrate Cider's technology, operations and business; developments and changes in general market, political, economic, and business conditions; the duration and global impact of COVID-19; risks associated with managing our growth; risks associated with new products and subscription and support offerings, including the discovery of software bugs; shifts in priorities or delays in the development or release of new subscription offerings, or the failure to timely develop and achieve market acceptance of new products and subscriptions as well as existing products and subscription and support offerings; rapidly evolving technological developments in the market for security products and subscription and support offerings; our customers' purchasing decisions and the length of sales cycles; our competition; our ability to attract and retain new customers; our ability as an organization to acquire and integrate other companies, products, or technologies in a successful manner; the effects of supply chain constraints and the global chip and component shortages and other factors affecting the manufacture, delivery, and cost of certain of our products; our debt repayment obligations; and our share repurchase program, which may not be fully consummated or enhance shareholder value, and any share repurchases which could affect the price of our common stock.

Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect our financial results are included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on September 6, 2022, which is available on our website at and on the SEC's website at Additional information will also be set forth in other filings that we make with the SEC from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

About Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks is the world's cybersecurity leader. We innovate to outpace cyberthreats, so organizations can embrace technology with confidence. We provide next-gen cybersecurity to thousands of customers globally, across all sectors. Our best-in-class cybersecurity platforms and services are backed by industry-leading threat intelligence and strengthened by state-of-the-art automation. Whether deploying our products to enable the Zero Trust Enterprise, responding to a security incident, or partnering to deliver better security outcomes through a world-class partner ecosystem, we're committed to helping ensure each day is safer than the one before. It's what makes us the cybersecurity partner of choice.

At Palo Alto Networks, we're committed to bringing together the very best people in service of our mission, so we're also proud to be the cybersecurity workplace of choice, recognized among Newsweek's Most Loved Workplaces (2022), Comparably Best Companies for Diversity (2021), and HRC Best Places for LGBTQ Equality (2022). For more information, visit

Palo Alto Networks and the Palo Alto Networks logo are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other trademarks, trade names, or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. Any unreleased services or features (and any services or features not generally available to customers) referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available (or are not yet generally available to customers) and may not be delivered when expected or at all. Customers who purchase Palo Alto Networks applications should make their purchase decisions based on services and features currently generally available.

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Thu, 17 Nov 2022 07:08:00 -0600 en-US text/html
Killexams : Palo Alto Networks to Present at Upcoming Investor Events

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader, announced today that members of its management team will be presenting at the following financial community events:

Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
7:15 a.m. PDT

Barclays TMT Conference Conference
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
12:45 p.m. PDT

Additional information about upcoming investor event participation and a live audio webcast of each presentation will be accessible from the "Investors" section of the Palo Alto Networks website at


Palo Alto Networks is the world's cybersecurity leader. We innovate to outpace cyberthreats, so organizations can embrace technology with confidence. We provide next-gen cybersecurity to thousands of customers globally, across all sectors. Our best-in-class cybersecurity platforms and services are backed by industry-leading threat intelligence and strengthened by state-of-the-art automation. Whether deploying our products to enable the Zero Trust Enterprise, responding to a security incident, or partnering to deliver better security outcomes through a world-class partner ecosystem, we're committed to helping ensure each day is safer than the one before. It's what makes us the cybersecurity partner of choice.

At Palo Alto Networks, we're committed to bringing together the very best people in service of our mission, so we're also proud to be the cybersecurity workplace of choice, recognized among Newsweek's Most Loved Workplaces (2021), Comparably Best Companies for Diversity (2021), and HRC Best Places for LGBTQ Equality (2022). For more information, visit

Palo Alto Networks and the Palo Alto Networks logo are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other trademarks, trade names, or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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