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Read about Prisma by Palo Alto Networks and the changes it brings. Learn how the Prisma cloud security suite will help your network stay secure. You will also find detailed videos about Prisma and light-board demonstrations. Got Questions? Get Answers on LIVEcommunity.

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If you haven’t heard of Prisma yet, it has arrived! Prisma is the industry’s most complete cloud security suite. It is our simple, yet, complete security answer to the complex cloud environment.


Prisma is a complete cloud security suite that consists of the following parts:

  • Prisma Access
  • Prisma SaaS
  • Prisma Cloud
  • VM-Series

Each of these parts together help create a complete suite to secure the cloud.




Prisma Lightboard video – Cloud Threat Protection

Sai, Sr. Products Marketing Manager, talks about Cloud Threat Protection with Prisma


Need for Complete Cloud Security Video


Check out our playlist of all Prisma videos here: Prisma Video Playlist



Prisma Access



  • Protects your applications, remote networks, and mobile users in a consistent manner, wherever they are.
  • Provides networking and security to connect and protect access to all your applications.
  • Flexible and cloud-scalable to handle your changing requirements.

Prisma Access (formerly GlobalProtect cloud service) helps your organization deliver consistent security to your remote networks and mobile users. It’s a generational step forward in cloud security, using a cloud-delivered architecture to connect all users to all applications.

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All your users, whether at your headquarters, branch offices, or on the road, connect to Prisma Access to safely use cloud and data center applications as well as the internet. Prisma Access consistently inspects all traffic across all ports and provides bidirectional networking to enable branch-to-branch as well as branch-to-HQ traffic.



Prisma SaaS

By offering advanced data protection and consistency across applications, Prisma SaaS (formerly Aperture) reins in the risks. It addresses your cloud access security broker (CASB) needs and provide advanced capabilities in risk discovery, data loss prevention, compliance assurance, data governance, user behavior monitoring, and advanced threat prevention. Now, you can stay compliant while preventing data leaks and business disruption through a multi-mode CASB deployment.


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Prisma SaaS functions as a multi-mode CASB, offering in-line and API-based protection working together to minimize the range of cloud risks that can lead to breaches. With a fully cloud-delivered approach to CASB, you can secure your SaaS applications using:

  • In-line protections to secure in-line traffic with deep application visibility, segmentation, secure access, and threat prevention. This approach combines user, content, and application inspection features within the security service to enable CASB functions. The inspection technology maps users to applications to deliver granular control over cloud application usage regardless of location or device. Other features include application-specific function control, URL and content filtering, application-risk based policies, user-based policies, DLP, and prevention of known and unknown malware. Forward and reverse proxy support ensures these comprehensive capabilities secure users wherever they are and whatever device they use.
  • API-based protections to connect directly to SaaS applications for data classification, DLP, and threat detection. Prisma SaaS leverages an out-of-band, API-based approach that enables granular inspection of all data at rest in the cloud application as well as ongoing monitoring of user activity and administrative configurations. This deployment mode preserves the user experience for the cloud application because it’s non-intrusive and neither interferes with nor depends upon the data path to the cloud application.


Prisma Cloud

Prisma Cloud (formerly RedLock and Evident) is a security and compliance service that dynamically discovers cloud resources and sensitive data, and subsequently detects risky configurations, network threats, suspicious user behavior, malware, data leakage, and host vulnerabilities across GCP, AWS, and Azure. It combines the most comprehensive collection of rule-based security policies and industry-leading machine learning to detect threats.

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By continuously ingesting data using hundreds of cloud service provider APIs and threat intelligence sources, Prisma Cloud creates a massive data lake. It applies policy- and machine learning-based analysis to discover and classify assets, flag compliance and governance violations, detect suspicious activities, and identify data risk. Interactive reports and investigation capabilities enable rapid incident investigations. Finally, issues are automatically remediated via API integration with your favorite tools or directly within the Prisma Cloud console itself.



Protect applications and data deployed across a wide range of public cloud, virtualization, and NFV environments.

  • Identify and control applications, grant access based on users, and prevent known and unknown threats.
  • Segment mission-critical applications and data using Zero Trust principles to improve security posture and achieve compliance.
  • Centrally manage policies across both physical and virtualized firewalls to ensure consistent security posture.
  • Streamline workflow automation to ensure that security keeps pace with the rate of change in your cloud.


New Names

Because of all the new additions and changes with Prisma, we have changed the names of some of our security products. Please see the table below for details:


Prisma Access

GlobalProtect cloud service

Consistent security, cloud delivered, for all your apps, from anywhere in the world.

Prisma SaaS

Aperture (with many improvements added)

Brings data protection, governance and compliance together to safely enable SaaS application adoption.

Prisma Cloud

RedLock and Evident

Delivers continuous security monitoring, compliance validation, and cloud storage security capabilities across your multi-cloud environments.

It simplifies security operations through effective threat protections enhanced with comprehensive cloud context.



More Info

For even more information about Prisma, Use Cases, and everything else Prisma, visit: https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/prisma



For all of the Prisma Lightboard and overview videos, please visit our YouTube channel:

Prisma Video Playlist


We will be posting more information about Prisma soon, so stay tuned.


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Stay Secure,

Joe Delio

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