The Next-Generation CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) from Palo Alto Networks raises the bar in SaaS security to support today’s hybrid work solutions.

Security teams are striving to keep firm’s network secure as cloud apps, particularly modern collaboration technologies, fuel a fast expanding hybrid workforce. Many of today’s go-to technologies lack effective protections since legacy SaaS security solutions emphasize on compliance rather than security and were created when the universe of apps was considerably smaller and more predictable.

The Next-Generation CASB from Palo Alto Networks enables enterprises to safely deploy SaaS by automatically securing new apps, properly protecting critical data in real time, and blocking known and unknown attacks with best-in-class threat detection and prevention.

“SaaS applications have become far too important and popular for a superficial approach to security. In addition, while collaboration apps are now the lifeblood of hybrid and remote workforces’ productivity, traditional SaaS security has not focused on these apps or kept up with this change. Palo Alto Networks new Next-Generation CASB solves this using the latest technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing to find new apps and watch for potential security issues — giving organizations a modern, spectacular CASB designed for today’s SaaS environment,” said Anand Oswal, senior vice president of Network Security for Palo Alto Networks.

The Next-Generation CASB has been completely integrated with Prisma SASE, the industry’s most comprehensive SASE solution, as well as all form factors of Palo Alto Networks’ leading Next-Generation Firewalls, to deliver the following benefits:

Thousands of SaaS apps are automatically detected and secured, including the sector’s large number of unsanctioned, tolerated, and sanctioned apps, such as collaboration apps.

Protect sensitive data properly and in real time with the industry’s most comprehensive cloud-delivered business DLP, which now includes machine learning (ML), superior optical character recognition (OCR), and natural language processing (NLP).

Stop known, unknown, and zero-day threats with the industry’s most comprehensive cloud-based security technology, built on 15 years of malware analysis and prevention innovation.

“Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation CASB represents an updated approach to cloud access security brokers (CASB), designed to align with changing enterprise needs. “Through integrations with Palo Alto Networks Prisma SASE and Next-Generation Firewalls, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation CASB provides a simpler and more cost- effective approach to CASB, while maintaining the broad application visibility and accurate threat and content inspection organizations require to secure the usage of cloud applications,” said ESG Senior Analyst John Grady.