Palo Alto does have client software called GlobalProtect for Windows and Mac computers that can direct remote traffic to the firewall for application-aware security, and versions for Apple iOS and Google Android that connect via IPsec.
Mike Dundas, senior manager, security architecture at TD Bank, who yesterday spoke at the Ignite user conference about the bank's global rollout and centralized management of Palo Alto NGFWs, pointed out the application-aware firewalls are playing a key role in understanding if TD Bank is being attacked. But he acknowledged his firm is grappling with the BYOD question.
"We're just exploring BYOD," Dundas noted, adding that the bank does use some tablets. TD Bank is not using the Palo Alto software but that's under consideration, as well as using another vendor's mobile-device management software. Next year will be when TD Bank wants to finalize its security approach to BYOD and mobile, said Dundas.
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