Palo Alto Networks Establishes World-Class Cybersecurity Consulting Group

Wendi Whitmore leads new Unit 42 organization that combines threat intelligence and security consulting offerings

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Palo Alto Networks announced it is establishing a new cybersecurity consulting group to help enterprises respond to emerging threats as they navigate an increase in 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 cyberthreats since 2014. Together, they will help organizations tackle the most complex cyberthreats — 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 The senior vice president of cyber consulting and threat intelligence at Palo Alto Networks. “We wake up every day focused on collecting and analyzing the most up-to-date threat intelligence and applying our analysis to respond to cyberattacks.”

The combined team will deliver a powerful set of services that enable organizations 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 organizations 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. The group was named as a nod to the number 42 in the comedic science fiction novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. It is because it focuses on providing “the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” — for cyberthreats. 

Palo Alto Networks unveiled its plans for Unit 42 at Cortex Symphony 2021. A virtual security operations conference bringing together thought leaders in cybersecurity who provide insights into the attack surface and securing the future.  

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