Citrix and Palo Alto will work together to deploy next-gen firewalls within Citrix SD-WAN. The firewalls are meant to create additional security for the assets of companies that are located outside of the main office.

Citrix SD-WAN is intended for setting up secure and automated networks. This service now receives virtual firewalls from Palo Alto for the security of external branches of companies. The new functionality allows organizations to create a consistent security policy across all sites. Palo Alto’s next-gen VM firewalls can also be automated for the Citrix 1100 device as a virtual network feature.

“In the hybrid, multi-cloud world we live in today, security must be as flexible as applications, data and users,” said Adam Geller, senior vice president of products at Palo Alto Networks. “Together with Citrix, we can deliver an integrated set of products that provides a consistent level of protection for users across the network, as well as the public and private cloud.”

Prisma Access firewall connections, which are cloud-based, can also be automated for consistent policy. Citrix Cloud allows you to control multi-layer security services using Citrix SD-WAN Orchestrator. Security zones can also be created for optimal protection of data, applications and, of course, users.

Security needs to keep up with the cloud

Citrix states that the increase in collaboration between multiple locations of businesses calls for security policy that has been adapted accordingly. What’s more, it’s not just multiple business locations that need to be secured. It also applies to the mobile devices used by employees in many locations. The implementation of Palo Alto’s firewalls was a result of this.

“Applications and workloads are migrating faster and faster to the cloud, and security needs to keep pace,” said Chalan Aras, vice president of SD-Wan and Intelligent Traffic Management at Citrix. “With Palo Alto Networks, we can deliver an advanced SD-WAN security solution that allows companies to easily and flexibly protect users, data, and applications across branch offices, data centers, and public clouds.