ForeScout Extends Network Security with Palo Alto Networks Integration

Thursday Apr 13th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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ForeScout's new extended modules for Palo Alto Networks bring benefits to both vendors and customers.

ForeScout initially made a name for itself as a Network Access Control (NAC) vendor and has expanded in recent years to become a broader player in the network visibility and security space. Part of ForeScout's continued expansion is being accelerated with partnerships and integrations with other network security vendors.

One such integration is the delivery of extended modules for the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform that was announced on April 13. ForeScout SVP Rob Greer told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that that the ForeScout CounterACT platform has had basic integrations with Palo Alto Networks and other firewall vendors for a couple of years.

"What is interesting now is that we purpose built ForeScout Extended Modules with enhanced integration capabilities based on IoT and network segmentation use cases," Greer said.

Greer said the ForeScout Extended Modules for Palo Alto Networks are separate modules that facilitate bi-directional communication and classification capabilities between ForeScout CounterAct and Palo Alto Networks.

The new extended module are part of a larger go-to-market relationship that ForeScout has with Palo Alto Networks. That relationship includes direct and channel field engagement, regional events and corporate sponsorships as well as coordinated marketing campaigns.

According to Greer, the ForeScout Extended Modules will help to drive additional sales for Palo Alto Networks specifically around the IoT security use case based on ForeScout's agentless visibility and control of these non-traditional devices.

"This also leads to Palo Alto Networks selling more firewalls inside the network for segmentation, Greer said.

From usage perspective with the extended module support, Greer explained that ForeScout is able to isolate an endpoint identified by WildFire, storing the Indicator of Compromise (IOC) information in a contextual database to prevent other endpoints from connecting to the network that are infected.  

Palo Alto Networks isn't the only vendor that ForeScout has built extended module to integrate with. Another recent technology integration announced earlier this year by ForeScout was in the SIEM category with integration with Splunk. Greer said that the ForeScout Extended Module for Splunk improves network visibility and allows for automated, policy-based actions on correlated data for a stronger security posture.

Overall, Greer noted that ForeScout has released Extended Modules for many cybersecurity and IT technology vendors.

"As part of our value proposition, ForeScout orchestrates or helps unify system-wide security management, reducing the time it takes to detect and mitigate a risk or a threat," Greer said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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