Google Cloud partners with Palo Alto, McAfee, and others to bolster security

With an aim to strengthen its security and attract more number of enterprise customers to its cloud platform and services, Google Cloud has announced its partnership with Palo Alto Networks, Qualys, McAfee, Fortinet and ForgeRock.

Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks will be jointly working on the development of a new multi-cloud security framework for Anthos, which is Google Cloud’s hybrid platform, and multi-cloud Kubernetes deployments. According to the companies, the framework will make use of Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma Cloud security platform and its VM-Series virtual firewalls which will focus on helping customers of Google Cloud deploy a common compliance and runtime security posture across all of their workloads.

Along with this latest security framework, both Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks have also announced a new threat intelligence integration that will be merging Google Cloud’s Event Threat Detection product with Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus threat intelligence service. The companies also said that integrating signals based on Google’s own internal sources with additional visibility from Palo Alto Networks footprint of network, endpoint, and cloud intelligence sources will help joint customers proactively identify and stop threats. In the first half of 2020, the companies are planning to launch both the new security framework and threat intelligence integration.

Google Cloud’s new partnership with McAfee will be merging that vendor’s endpoint security technology for Linux and Windows workloads along with its Mvision Cloud platform for container security, on Google Cloud infrastructure.

In another extended integration with Google Cloud, Fortinet announced a reference architecture for customers in order to connect distributed branches to Google Cloud Platform with Fortinet’s SD-WAN. According to Fortinet, its FortiCWP product will soon be integrated with GCP’s Cloud Security Command Center to offer additional workload protection and visibility.

Google Cloud’s partnership with Qualys will make its cloud-based security and compliance products available via the Google Cloud Marketplace. The latest integration will include the Qualys Cloud Agent — a lightweight scanner that according to the vendor will enable two-second global visibility. With Qualys on Google Cloud, vulnerability findings are available in the GCP Security Command Center on its own. Similar findings are also present centrally in the Qualys Cloud Platform that allows security teams to track as well as report across the entire enterprise.

ForgeRock too has joined the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program and has said that it is the first premier-level identity management vendor in the program. ForgeRock announced the launch of its Cloud platform-as-a-service which is built on GCP that includes a software-as-a-service for embedding modern identity capabilities into apps.

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