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NTT Ltd. and Palo Alto Networks have announced an expanded strategic partnership to offer a portfolio of intelligence-driven security products that will help clients minimize risk by reducing time to predict, detect, and respond to attacks. The new offering will bring together NTT Ltd.’s ‘Secure by Design’ services with Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access and Cortex XSOAR technologies and focus on intelligent workplace, intelligent infrastructure, and intelligent cybersecurity. The offering can integrate with existing digital workspaces and meet specific cybersecurity and network requirements.

The Secure by Design principle means being cybersecurity conscious at all levels of the business and building security into the solution, requiring compliance monitoring, application security, vulnerability services, threat detection, and incident response services, combined with NTT Ltd.’s service delivery capability. With Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access and Cortex XSOAR technologies, over 2,000 NTT Ltd. security specialists will deliver the offering as a managed security service, providing clients with flexible, scalable platforms and value-added services, which is an especially important capability as hardware moves toward software-defined, programmable infrastructure.

“To expand our existing relationship with our long-time partner, Palo Alto Networks, will be incredibly beneficial for our clients as we jointly bring turnkey security solutions to market,” said Matt Gyde, chief executive officer for NTT Ltd.’s Security division. “Working together to develop and deliver a joint offering in Secure by Design will give organizations the unique ability to go beyond the basic security controls while removing complexities associated with implementing and maintaining more advanced controls. We will continue to evolve this partnership by working closely with the team at Palo Alto Networks to continually secure today’s complex IT environments.”

According to Dominic Trott, IDC’s Research Director for Security and Privacy in Europe: “The rise of digital transformation and the dissolution of the ‘secure perimeter’ concept means security has become a business issue as much as a technical issue. This transformation means enterprises must embrace Secure by Design principles to ensure the success of their Digital Trust and Future of Work strategies. Meanwhile, the complexity of security technology environments remains a thorny issue. IDC’s research shows that the top inhibitor stopping European security teams from improving their capability is a lack of availability due to time spent maintaining security tools. Consequently, NTT’s new partnership with Palo Alto Networks kills two birds with one stone: on one hand, helping embed secure by design into digital workspaces; on the other hand, reducing complexity through an integrated solution architecture that can be delivered as a service.”

NTT Ltd. and Palo Alto Networks have a long history of collaboration in deploying cybersecurity solutions for clients, and the new offering will specifically focus on three key Secure by Design models:

  • Intelligent Workplace: ‘Secure Employee’ provided by Prisma Access Threat Detection + Incident Response + Consulting + Uptime for Palo Alto Networks.
  • Intelligent Infrastructure: ‘Secure Branch’ provided by Prisma Access + Threat Detection + Incident Response + Consulting + Uptime for Palo Alto Networks.
  • Intelligent Cybersecurity: ‘Secure Automated Operations’ provided by Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR platform + Consulting.

The three new ‘Secure by Design’ models will allow clients to seamlessly scale their operations with solution architecture and a service delivery model covering technology, people, and business processes. Machine-to-machine events and alerts filtering also help clients reduce Mean Time To Respond (MTTR) and limit the risk exposure to threats.

“NTT Ltd. is a valued partner, and we are honored that they have selected Palo Alto Networks as their partner of choice for the ‘Secure by Design’ reference architecture,” said Amit Singh, president at Palo Alto Networks. “By combining our Prisma and Cortex technologies with NTT’s leading technologies, we are helping organizations simply and securely navigate digital transformation.”

NTT Ltd. will also integrate Cortex XSOAR into its own multiple Security Operations Centers (SOC) globally. This will facilitate improved service delivery for NTT Ltd.’s Managed Security Services clients. Service delivery will also be integrated into Palo Alto Networks’ clients requiring SOC modernization technology through Cortex XSOAR. This will enable NTT Ltd. to focus on innovative development in line with market trends together with seamless service transition from client SOC to NTT Ltd. SOC capability, threat hunting, and detection services.

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