Palo Alto Network’s next-generation endpoint security solution, Traps, received a highly anticipated update recently to version 5.0. This new update brings a slew of new features, efficiencies, and ease of access improvements. All of these new updates are designed to increase the flexibility of Traps while making the system as a whole easier to use and more granular at detecting threats. Here is a quick rundown of three feature updates that stood out to the CentraComm team.
The Move to a Cloud Management Console
One of the biggest updates to Traps is its move to a cloud-based connection for its application framework. This move to a cloud security management console eliminates the operational overhead of on-premise servers and accelerates the implementation time for Traps. However, if you are unable to utilize the cloud management console, you are not out of luck. The Endpoint Security Manager Server (ESM) will still be available for customers and CentraComm is certified to support you through this process.
An Intuitive UI Overhaul
The second big update to Traps is a completely reimagined user interface. The complete UI overhaul brings with it more logical groupings and simplified workflows. Palo Alto has also rolled out an Apps Portal (apps.paloaltonetworks.com) that puts approved third-party applications in one easy to access place. Traps 5.0 also has an increased focus on event management and platform expansion. Palo Alto has also rolled out additional platform expansions by offering Linux and Android support and protection. From Windows XP to today’s modern operating systems, Traps 5.0 has your system covered.
**CentraComm Tip** Android Traps can be utilized across mobile phones, Android-based scanners, and even student Chromebooks**
Scheduled System Scans
A third update that Traps 5.0 brings is the implementation of on-demand (or scheduled) file systems scans. The new scanning schedule system helps to identify dormant malware before its execution. There is also now the option to quarantine on a scan, and the ability to scan removable devices. Scanned files that are unique will be sent to Wildfire for further analysis and identification.
**Did you know – 70% of the new files seen in Palo Alto Networks Wildfire are being seen and sent from Traps? **
Traps 5.0 is a powerful endpoint security update. The UI overhaul allows for much more efficient workflows and makes the program more accessible to new users by improving the overall ease of use. Linux and Android support introduce numerous opportunities in the future for organizations who previously could not use Traps due to the lack of OS support. Lastly, cloud implementation provides mobility and scalability for the future, and the ability to schedule scans further increases Traps effectiveness in detecting malware and other threats. All-in-all, Palo Alto Networks Traps continues to shine above the rest of the endpoint security market as the recommended tool across any business.
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