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Using Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewalls to Increase Visibility into Threats and Reduce Threat Risks

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT (2015-05-13 15:00:00 UTC)
  • Lance Spencer, John Pescatore


  • Palo Alto Networks

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Northwest Savings Bank was at the refresh point for its perimeter security and content filtering solutions. Given the threat environment and the demands of auditors in the highly regulated financial vertical, Northwest wanted to get increased visibility into threats and network traffic without increasing procurement cost or staffing requirements. The Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall met all those needs and identified threats that other security solutions had not detected.

About Northwest Savings Bank:

Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NWBI) is the holding company of Northwest Savings Bank. Founded in 1896, Northwest Savings Bank is a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of personal and business banking products including employee benefits, investment management services, insurance and trust. Northwest operates 165 community banking offices in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Maryland and 50 consumer finance offices in Pennsylvania through its subsidiary, Northwest Consumer Discount Company.

Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging security trends in January 2013, bringing with him over 35 years of experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to SANS, he was Gartner's lead security analyst for more than 13 years, working with Global 5000 corporations, government agencies and major technology and service providers. In 2008, John was named one of the top 15 most influential people in security and has frequently testified before Congress on issues relating to cybersecurity.

Lance Spencer

Lance Spencer is the Lead Data Security Engineer at Northwest Savings Bank and is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information within the organization. He has 20 plus years of experience as an IT professional with 10 of those concentrated in information security. He holds a degree in computer science, is certified by ISC2 as a CISSP, and by GIAC as a GCFA (GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst)

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