Palo Alto Networks, Accenture strengthen alliance with AI-driven cybersecurity enhancements

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In a significant enhancement to their long-standing partnership, Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) have unveiled new cybersecurity offerings that integrate Palo Alto Networks’ Precision AI technology with Accenture’s secure generative AI services. This collaboration aims to equip organizations with the tools they need to harness the transformative power of AI while ensuring robust cybersecurity.

The Urgent Need for Enhanced AI Cybersecurity

The deployment and utilization of Generative AI (Gen AI) are escalating rapidly across various sectors, presenting a dual set of challenges and opportunities. According to a recent survey by Accenture, while 97% of organizations believe Gen AI will be transformative, only 31% have significantly invested in AI technologies. The survey underscores a critical gap: many organizations are eager to leverage AI but are unprepared to address the cybersecurity risks associated with it. This partnership between Palo Alto Networks and Accenture is poised to bridge this gap by facilitating secure AI deployment and utilization.

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Nikesh Arora, Chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks, emphasized the transformative potential of AI when coupled with the right security measures. “With Accenture, we’re uniting Precision AI-powered solutions and services expertise, helping our joint customers use the best of AI to create value for their business today and in the future—with better real-time security outcomes,” he stated.

Palo Alto Networks and Accenture are advancing AI cybersecurity through their enhanced strategic alliance

Palo Alto Networks and Accenture are advancing AI cybersecurity through their enhanced strategic alliance

Strategic Solutions for a Secure AI Future

The expanded alliance introduces several key initiatives designed to secure the AI lifecycle and protect organizations from emerging threats:

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– Secure AI Ecosystem Design: Palo Alto Networks’ “Secure AI by Design” framework prioritizes the integrity of AI security, enhancing compliance and minimizing data exposure. Accenture will support this initiative by offering AI diagnostic services powered by Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud AI Security Posture Management (AI-SPM) and AI Access Security, thus securing clients’ AI environments comprehensively.

– Cross-platform Security Solutions: The partners will provide robust security measures throughout the data and AI framework lifecycle, from data ingestion to model deployment and analysis. This includes protecting against vulnerabilities in AI builds and managing exposure risks through Accenture’s AI Discovery & Exposure Management service.

– Proactive Threat Management: The suite of AI cybersecurity products from Palo Alto Networks, powered by Precision AI, will offer advanced threat detection and prevention capabilities. In conjunction with Accenture’s service capabilities, these products are designed to identify and block AI-generated attacks and enhance data security across applications.

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– Responsible AI Adoption: Both companies are committed to promoting ethical AI use. Their joint approach includes conducting AI cybersecurity assessments to establish secure and responsible AI practices within organizations.

Karthik Narain, Group Chief Executive — Technology at Accenture, highlighted the transformative impact of generative AI on the cybersecurity landscape. “It is a moment of reinvention for cybersecurity—creating new risks, but also providing new tools,” he noted.

As AI technologies continue to evolve, this strategic expansion by Palo Alto Networks and Accenture underscores the critical need for security measures that keep pace with technological advancements, ensuring that organizations can safely navigate the complexities of a digital future.

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