Palo Alto Networks

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Palo Alto Networks
Traded as NYSEPANW
Russell 1000 Component
Industry Network Security[1]
Founded 2005
Headquarters Santa Clara, CA, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Nikesh Arora (CEO)
Nir Zuk
Founder and CTO
Rajiv Batra
Founder and Vice President, Engineering
Revenue USD 1.8 Billion (FY 2017)[2]

Palo Alto Networks, Inc. is a network and enterprise security company based in Santa Clara, California. The company’s core products are a platform that includes advanced firewalls and cloud-based offerings that extend those firewalls to cover other aspects of security. Their firewalls are designed to provide network security, visibility, and granular control of network activity based on application, user, and content identification. In 2017, Palo Alto Networks announced the availability of its new cloud-based service Logging Services, allowing customers to amass their own data.[3] In 2018, Palo Alto Networks introduced Global Cyber range initiatives to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks.[example needed] The facility within Palo Alto Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters will open in Amsterdam, becoming the first Cyber Range location.[4]


Palo Alto Networks was founded in 2005 by Israeli-American Nir Zuk,[5] a former engineer from Check Point and NetScreen Technologies, and was the principal developer of the first stateful inspection firewall and the first intrusion prevention system.[6] When asked why he started Palo Alto Networks, Zuk cited his objective of solving a problem enterprises were facing with existing network security solutions: the inability to safely enable employees to use modern applications, which entailed developing a firewall that could identify and provide fine-grained control of applications.[7]

The company produced and shipped its first firewall in 2007[8] and debuted on the NYSE with its July 20, 2012 initial public offering.[9]


In 2009, the company released a publication defining the "next-generation firewall."[10] Palo Alto Networks defined this next generation firewall as containing application awareness, full stack visibility, extra-firewall intelligence, and upgrade paths in addition to the full capabilities of both traditional firewalls and intrusion prevention systems. Additionally, the company defines its firewall technology by the following abilities:

  1. Identify applications regardless of port, protocol, evasive tactic or Secure Sockets Layer
  2. Identify and control users regardless of IP address, location or device
  3. Protect against known and unknown application-borne threats
  4. Fine-grained visibility and policy control over application access/functionality
  5. Multi-gigabit, low latency, in-line deployment[11]


In 2013 MSM - Mobile Security manager was added to extend the firewall security down to mobile devices. In 2014 TRAPS was added to the product list. Traps serves as a version on endpoint protection, client protection without the standard virus file - rather it takes a different view and attempts to monitor, detect, and thwart the entry of the virus into the client by monitoring common entry points. In 2017, the company started offering cloud services for LaaS and PaaS.

Openconnect supports the GlobalProtect protocol since February 2017.


  • Morta Security was acquired for an undisclosed sum in January 2014[12][13]
  • Cyvera was acquired for approximately $200 million in April 2014[14][15]
  • CirroSecure was acquired for an undisclosed sum in May 2015[16]
  • LightCyber was acquired for approximately $100 million in March 2017 [17]
  • was acquired for $300 million in cash in March 2018 [18]
  • Secdo was acquired for a undisclosed sum in April 2018 [19]


Recognition from industry analysts and labs for Palo Alto Networks firewalls include:

  • The 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant identified Palo Alto Networks as a leader in the enterprise firewall.[20]
  • NetworkWorld granted short list status to Palo Alto Networks’ firewalls in its next-generation firewall review in 2011 and 2012.[21]
  • NSS Labs rated Palo Alto Networks firewalls “Recommended” in 3 network security tests:
    • IPS Group Test (2011) in which NSS Labs notes it exceeded datasheet performance[22]
    • Traditional Firewall Group Test (2011); additionally, evaluated as best cost solution per protected megabit[22]
    • Next-Generation Firewall Group Test (2012) also receiving an evaluation as best cost solution per protected megabit[23]


  1. ^ PCmag (2018-01-26). "Millions of PCs targeted by cryptocurrency-mining malware". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  2. ^ "PANW Income Statement - Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Stock". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Palo Alto Networks Announces Availability of New Cloud-Based Logging Service". markets.businessinsider. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  4. ^ Aasha Bodhani, ITP Net. "Palo Alto Networks introduces global Cyber Range initiative." Jan 16, 2018. Retrieved Feb 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Blacharski, Dan (2010-04-05). "How I Got Here: Nir Zuk, CTO, Palo Alto Networks". ITworld. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  6. ^ Leyden, John (22 October 2010). "US and UK gov cyber defences = big boys' trough-slurp". The Register. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Entrepreneur Questionnaire: Nir Zuk, Founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks". Greylock Partners. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Vance, Ashlee (20 October 2011). "Building a Firewall for the Facebook Generation". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Savitz, Eric (20 July 2012). "Kayak, Palo Alto Networks IPOs Off To Strong Debuts". Forbes. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Pescatore, John; Young, Greg, Defining the Next Generation Firewall (PDF), retrieved 2 December 2012 
  11. ^ Next-Generation Firewall Overview (PDF), 2011, retrieved 2 December 2012 
  12. ^ Rao, Leena (6 January 2014). "Palo Alto Networks Buys Cyber Security Startup Founded By Former NSA Engineers, Morta". TechCrunch. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Palo Alto Networks® Acquires Morta Security". Palo Alto Networks. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Rao, Leena (24 March 2014). "Palo Alto Networks Buys Cyber Security Company Cyvera For $200M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Palo Alto Networks® Completes Acquisition of Cyvera". Palo Alto Networks. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  16. ^ King, Rachel (27 May 2015). "Palo Alto Networks acquires cybersecurity company CirroSecure". Zdnet. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Palo Alto Networks acquires LightCyber". 
  18. ^ "Palo Alto Networks Closes Acquisition of". Palo Alto Networks. Mar 26, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Palo Alto Networks Closes Acquisition of Secdo". Palo Alto Networks. Apr 24, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Palo Alto Networks Hits The Magic Quadrant For Firewalls". The Wall Street Journal. December 16, 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Snyder, Joel (22 August 2011). "Palo Alto earns short list status". Network World. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls Earns "Recommended" Rating in NSS Labs Network Firewall 2011 Comparative Test". Palo Alto Networks. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  23. ^ "Palo Alto Networks Earns 'Recommended' Rating in NSS Labs' Next-Generation Firewall Group Test". Palo Alto Networks. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2014.