IBM Consulting and Palo Alto Networks Expand Strategic Partnership

IBM Consulting and Palo Alto Networks are joining forces to provide comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to help organizations strengthen their end-to-end security postures and tackle evolving security threats. The expanded strategic partnership will focus on two key areas: modernizing security operations and securing cloud transformations.

Enhancing Security Operations with AI-Driven Solutions

The first offering from the partnership will combine IBM Consulting Cybersecurity Services expertise with Palo Alto Networks Cortex platform to deliver advanced managed security operations. The service will leverage multiple layers of AI and automation from both companies’ technologies, including IBM Consulting’s Threat Detection and Response Services and Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSIAM.

Cortex XSIAM is an AI-driven security operations platform designed to simplify security operations, stop threats at scale, and accelerate incident remediation. With this platform, customers can add their own custom AI models to the Cortex data lake, which already includes over 1,300 models. IBM Consulting will provide 24×7 monitoring, investigation, and automated remediation of security alerts, along with resources for continuous improvement in cyber threat intelligence, threat hunting capabilities, and cyber risk reduction.

Accelerating Cloud Transformation with Prisma Cloud

The second joint offering will focus on securing hybrid cloud transformation by leveraging Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks together with IBM Consulting services. This offering will provide a range of customized services, including holistic security posture assessment, developing secure applications, implementation, and ongoing protection and investigation services.

Prisma Cloud protects the entire cloud-native application lifecycle – from Code to Cloud™– helping to identify risks and remediate before they reach production environments. This joint offering will build on IBM Consulting’s strong ecosystem approach, working closely with industry-leading partners to help companies secure their hybrid cloud transformation.

Organizations will have access to IBM Consulting’s wide breadth and depth of expertise across cloud and enterprise application security, as well as tailored education and training programs.

A Stronger Partnership for Enhanced Cybersecurity

The expanded partnership between IBM Consulting and Palo Alto Networks demonstrates their commitment to providing comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to clients. By combining their expertise and technologies, the two companies aim to help organizations stay ahead of evolving security threats and protect their critical data assets.

“With cloud, data, and technology serving as the lifeblood of most businesses today, cybersecurity threats now represent an existential risk to organizations’ core operating models – making it crucial for security leaders to work together for the good of our mutual clients,” said Mohamad Ali, Chief Operating Officer of IBM Consulting. “Our relationship with Palo Alto Networks as a select strategic partner is a testament to IBM’s open and collaborative approach to cybersecurity. By bringing together best-of-breed AI, security technology, and consulting expertise from both companies, we can help clients create a strong security program that can adapt and scale with future threats.”

“The speed and scale of threats are accelerating, with many attackers exfiltrating data in less than 24 hours from the initial compromise of an organization,” said BJ Jenkins

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