Palo Alto Networks is establishing a new cybersecurity consulting group to help enterprises respond to emerging threats and often costly, crippling cyberattacks.
The newly expanded Unit 42 combines formerly Crypsis security consultants, who respond to 1,300+ incidents a year, with the company’s veteran Unit 42 threat research team, which has been fighting emerging cyber threats since 2014.
The group aims to help organisations tackle the most complex cyber threats — from ransomware to state-sponsored espionage — bringing a relentless passion for protecting our digital way of life.
“Our increasing reliance on technology has turned cybersecurity into an existential matter,” said Wendi Whitmore, senior vice president of cyber consulting and threat intelligence at Palo Alto Networks. “We wake up every day focused on collecting and analysing the most up-to-date threat intelligence and applying our analysis to respond to cyber attacks.”
The combined team will deliver services that enable organisations to respond to threats more rapidly than ever and will introduce new proactive services that closely complement Palo Alto Networks product offerings. It will also expand incident response services to more countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
“The evolving threat landscape has made it imperative for organisations to have access to up-to-date threat intelligence on emerging threats, as well as support from experts with deep experience responding to breaches,” said Chris Kissel, research director, Security & Trust Products at IDC.
The newly expanded Unit 42 will continue to build on what is already one of the world’s most respected brands in cybersecurity. Since it was founded in 2014, Unit 42 has produced more than 650 reports and regularly partners with governments around the globe to fight cybercrime.