• The IoT Security solution will help automate Zero Trust security with quick, accurate discovery and best-in-class protection.
  • US federal agencies aim at adopting a Zero Trust architecture to fit their IoT devices in federal security compliance requirements.

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, has unveiled that its Internet of Things (IoT) Security solution has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Moderate Authorization. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the company’s sponsoring agency.

Currently, federal agencies in the US are focusing more on adopting a Zero Trust architecture to ensure their IoT devices comply with federal security compliance requirements. This authorization will enable Palo Alto Networks IoT Security to help federal agencies protect their unmanaged IoT devices with threat prevention, ML-powered visibility, and Zero Trust enforcement with a single platform.

“As cyberattacks become more frequent and sophisticated, the IoT Security solution helps automate Zero Trust security with quick, accurate discovery and best-in-class protection,” said Dana Barnes, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, Palo Alto Networks. “We are committed to protecting the US government and its federal agencies from all security threats with reliable solutions.”

Digital transformation is driving massive growth in the use of IoT devices across industries. About 30% of all devices on enterprise networks fall in the IoT category, stated Palo Alto Network’s Unit 42 IoT Threat Report.

Unfortunately, IoT devices and their inherent vulnerabilities are often overlooked, which may lead to enterprise-wide exposure to unseen cyber risks.

In recent years, Federal officials have adopted several provisions to increase overall protection and awareness of IoT device security vulnerabilities, including the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) IoT device Cybersecurity Guidance for the Federal Government. 

IoT Security solution’s Moderate Authorization advances Palo Alto Networks’ options to US government customers. This authorization is an addition to a range of other permitted items deployed.

Furthermore, the IoT Security solution enables US government agencies to use their existing Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) to secure any unmanaged IoT devices at scale.

Following are some of the key benefits for government agencies:

  • Quick and accurate discovery and insights into all devices, even those never seen before.
  • Best-in-class protection with behavior analysis to detect risk, compliance, and anomalous activity, and prevention of known and unknown threats.
  • Automated Zero Trust security with automated discovery, least-privileged access policies, and 1-click enforcement.
  • Workflow automationacross existing IT and security solutions and simplified agentless and sensorless deployment.