Shifting gears to provide a unified customer experience and enhanced visibility
Palo Alto Networks was measured against competitors through a proof of concept. The Network Security platform from Palo Alto Networks featuring Prisma Access cloud-delivered security, NGFW, PanoramaTM and VM-Series was selected
as the superior solution by Ashok Leyland Limited to overcome capacity constraints and increased security controls. “As
a rule, we have always led the way and stayed ahead with regard to technology adoption. When we opt for a new product, we ensure we onboard market leaders, whose credentials have been certified by leading market analysts like Forrester and Gartner®,” says Santosh.
With Prisma Access, Ashok Leyland Limited has moved away from legacy proxy-based internet access to a comprehensive cloud-delivered solution, allowing them to enforce security for any user, at any location. Prisma® Access protects hybrid enterprises and hybrid workforces with the superior security of ZTNA 2.0 while providing exceptional user experiences from a unified, cloud native security product. With Prisma Access, Santosh and his team now have complete visibility into all applications in use across its entire distributed organisation and remote workforce. CDSS or Cloud-Delivered Security Services gave Ashok Leyland best-in-class security capabilities and protection from known and unknown threats.
The entire transformation was conducted during the pandemic and Santosh and his team were particularly impressed by the speed with which this was achieved. In the legacy environment, the efforts required by the infrastructure and security teams to establish a new office were humongous, resulting in a maximum of two or three new offices being established annually. Highlighting the ease with which the team deployed Prisma Access, Santosh quips, “In my mind, we’ve been able to establish 8,000 offices during the pandemic, as employees shifted to work from home!” Santosh draws a parallel between the Border Security Force that protects India’s boundaries and the Border Information Security Force at Ashok Leyland Limited that protects the perimeters of the network organisation. “The old process was cumbersome, but with Prisma Access, we are able to provide connectivity to the network without compromising security,” states Santhosh.