Vodafone NZ has today announced the launch of its new cloud-delivered security platform — powered by Palo Alto Networks.
The solution, dubbed Vodafone Secure Access, will aim to assist business customers in ensuring a secure remote working environment. Built on Palo Alto's Prisma Access platform, the solution uses advanced threat protection technology to safeguard users, applications and data across cloud, corporate and home networks.
It comes as New Zealand continues to grapple with its delta outbreak of COVID-19, with the Auckland region still under a strict lockdown — necessitating remote working for many and opening up organisations to risk as their workforce connects to home networks.
“Businesses are increasingly reliant on technology and having strong cybersecurity defences in place is not a nice-to-have, but a must-have,” says Vodafone NZ chief enterprise officer Lindsay Zwart.
“Recent hacks have thrust cybersecurity awareness into the mainstream, with directors and business leaders realising how important it is to have a remarkable security partner.
“We're thrilled to be working with Palo Alto Networks to help organisations around Aotearoa install some of the best cybersecurity products available globally,” continues Zwart.
“Palo Alto Networks is a clear differentiator and market disruptor in this space, creating world-leading cybersecurity products that allow our customers to secure their business data, applications, locations and hybrid workforce”.
Zero trust network access is integrated into the solution, limiting users' access to only authorised applications and data after verifying their identity. Vodafone Secure Access is also a core capability enabling a business to move to a secure access service edge (SASE) architecture.
“Cybercrime is borderless, so New Zealand organisations need a borderless cyber-protection plan,” says Palo Alto Networks managing director for New Zealand Misti Landtroop.
“We're delighted to be partnering with Vodafone to provide business customers with the benefits from a scalable way of enabling secure remote access for every user at any location.
“As we continue to have Kiwis working from home, our cloud-delivered security platform will help businesses navigate hybrid workforces with confidence. The partnership will also enable the protection of more local customers from global threats.
News of Vodafone NZ's solution comes following a report from Palo Alto networks detailing the state of hybrid workforce security in 2021. The report found that 61% of companies surveyed struggled to provide the necessary remote security to support work-from-home capabilities, while 71% of organisations expect to have their security mostly or entirely in the cloud over the next 24 months.