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Palo Alto Networks & Deutsche Telekom Offer Secure Service Edge

This partnership helps businesses shift to hybrid work and cloud-focused network infra with an optimal security strategy

November 09 2022Dheeraj Rawal

A next-generation secure network solution

The emergence and proliferation of hybrid workforces call for a new way of delivering network security. First-generation ZTNA solutions provide too much access with too little security, fragmented and inconsistent protection, and poor performance and user experiences.

In response, Palo Alto Networks and Deutsche Telekom have partnered to offer Secure Service Edge (SSE) with Prisma Access. The solution includes ZTNA 2.0, which addresses the needs of today’s hybrid workforces by going beyond the traditional approach to network security.   

Blending SSE with ZTNA 2.0

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The cloud-based solution overcomes the shortcomings of legacy approaches to network security. Its modular and integrated architecture supports digital transformation while rigorously enforcing security.

It consolidates best-in-class security with the best user experiences on a single unified platform. It wraps up Deutsche Telekom’s consulting expertise with a leading cloud-native SSE platform, Prisma Access, and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) 2.0.

ZTNA is a critical component of any SSE strategy. Palo Alto has brought it up to date with ZTNA 2.0 to reflect contemporary working practices. ZTNA was designed to deliver consistent, high-performance access to specific applications by role or user. ZTNA 2.0 enforces an access control policy that eliminates implicit trust by continuously validating users, devices, and applications at every stage of a digital interaction, on-premises or in the cloud.  

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Protect all users, devices, apps and data:

Ensure least privilege access with fine-grained access controls. Deliver behavior-based, continuous, trust verification and deep, ongoing security inspection to prevent all threats, including zero-day threats. All apps and data are protected, including private apps and SaaS, with a single DLP policy.

Unified security and flexibility that evolves at your pace

Palo Alto and Deutsche Telekom understand that organizations are at different stages of security maturity and digital transformation. Some only need simple packaged solutions. Others need granular control and want to mix and match several best-of-breed technologies.

The solution includes comprehensive protections converged into a single unified product with single-pane-of-glass visibility and management, consistent policy, and shared data for all users and all apps to dramatically reduce the risk of a data breach. Customers can get the right solution tailored to their requirements, including consulting and support to meet specific business needs.

Our clearly defined set of advisory services combined with our broad range of managed service options built around the Palo Alto platform, means we can give organizations both the guidance and the capabilities they need to secure their enterprise. Our joint offerings satisfy the needs of our clients today and provide a clear and visionary roadmap to address the requirements of the future.”

Thomas Fetten, ex-CEO of Telekom Security


Exceptional user experience to secure today’s digital organizations:

This truly cloud-native architecture is built to provide uncompromised performance, backed by leading SLAs. Our service also pairs with our industry-leading monitoring solution to provide unprecedented visibility into ​home and branch environments, delivering an exceptional user experience.​

The Palo Alto Networks and Deutsche Telekom alliance takes customers to the next level of security, providing SSE with ZTNA 2.0, which upholds the principle of least privilege, conducts continuous trust verification and security inspection, as well as protects all data and app types.

Unified security and flexibility that evolves at your pace

Palo Alto and Deutsche Telekom understand that organizations are at different stages of security maturity and digital transformation. Some only need simple packaged solutions. Others need granular control and want to mix and match several best-of-breed technologies.

The solution includes comprehensive protections converged into a single unified product with single-pane-of-glass visibility and management, consistent policy, and shared data for all users and all apps to dramatically reduce the risk of a data breach. Customers can get the right solution tailored to their requirements, including consulting and support to meet specific business needs.

About the partnership

The Palo Alto Networks and Deutsche Telekom partnership aims to help businesses shift to hybrid work and cloud-focused network infrastructure underpinned by an optimal security strategy.

The alliance combines Palo Alto Network’s best-in-class technology with Deutsche Telekom’s expertise in deploying and supporting global, secure networking solutions. Deutsche Telekom’s long-standing, consultative-based approach ensures that the service perfectly matches the specific needs of its customers.

Ultimately, the joint offering takes customers to the next level of security. It provides SSE with ZTNA 2.0, which upholds the principle of least privilege, conducts continuous trust verification and security inspection, and protects all data and app types.

Approaching a secure network infrastructure   

Palo Alto Networks and Deutsche Telekom take a holistic approach to secure networking, delivering a true ZTNA 2.0 experience. Customers know exactly what they’re getting through clearly defined advisory engagements. The service delivery platform includes all the necessary components, matching the solution to any business needs.

“This alliance brings the power of Palo Alto Networks’ leading ZTNA 2.0 solutions with the global networking and security expertise of Deutsche Telekom, said Helmut Reisinger, CEO for EMEA and LATAM at Palo Alto Networks.

“Their flexible approach will enable their customers to personalize their solution, supported by a security team which boasts the largest Security Operations Center (SOC) in Europe.”

Quick FAQs

Who is Palo Alto Networks?

It is an American multinational cybersecurity company. Founded in 2005, it helps 85,000 customers – including 85 of the Fortune 100 - in over 150 countries stay secure. In 2018, Forbes ranked the company eighth in the world’s top 100 digital companies.

What is Prisma Access?

Formerly GlobalProtect cloud service, Prisma Access by Palo Alto enables organizations to deliver consistent security to their remote networks and mobile users. Seen as a generational step forward in cloud security, it uses cloud-delivered architecture to connect all users to all applications.  

What is ZTNA?

Zero trust network access (ZTNA) emerged as a necessary response to highly distributed networks and supply chains. It is a security model that assumes every entity trying to connect to a network is potentially hostile.

What is ZTNA 2.0?

Unveiled by Palo Alto, Zero Trust Network access 2.0 (ZTNA 2.0) addresses what it sees as the shortcomings of a ZTNA 1.0 approach. The company describes ZTNA 2.0 as “zero trust with zero exceptions”. It involves continuously reassessing user trust and network traffic. 

What is SSE?

Security service edge (SSE) combines network security services delivered from a cloud platform. An SSE deployment typically consists of a secure web gateway (SWG), a cloud access security broker (CASB), and secure remote access via ZTNA.

Because of this blend of services, SSE is often considered part of a secure access service edge (SASE) framework.

What is SASE?

Secure access service edge (SASE), pronounced “sassy,” is a concept Gartner first described in 2019. Primarily delivered as a service, it provides various converged network and security capabilities, including ZTNA.

Take the next step to secure access

If you’d like to learn more about Deutsche Telekom’s and Palo Alto Networks’ joint solution, click here to contact us. 

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Dheeraj Rawal

Content Marketer, T-Systems International GmbH

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