Palo Alto Networks announces expansion of NextWave Program

Driving better security outcomes for customers through partner-delivered incident response services built on Cortex XDR

Building on its managed services momentum, Palo Alto Networks has announced the expansion of the NextWave Program to empower partners to rapidly contain and remediate cyberthreats by enabling them to deliver incident response (IR) services powered by industry-leading Cortex XDR.

The effects of cybersecurity incidents are far reaching in the digital age, but navigating rapidly evolving risks can pose a challenge for organizations. To solve this challenge, many turn to managed security service providers (MSSPs) for help strengthening their security outcomes.

The NextWave Program now provides the tools, training and resources to address customer demand for IR services and aligns with the expansion of the Palo Alto Networks Cortex MSSP ecosystem, which grew 146% year over year. Leveraging a partner specializing in IR services can accelerate response and remediation across the incident lifecycle for holistic response to an incident.

“The 2022 Unit 42 Incident Response Report found that in 44% of cases, organizations did not have an extended detection and response (XDR) security solution, or it was not fully deployed on the initially impacted systems. Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR is designed to provide more comprehensive visibility so threats are identified early along with better context for accelerated investigation and tighter containment,” said Tom Barsi, vice president, WW Cortex Ecosystems, Palo Alto Networks.

“We are investing in our MSSP partner ecosystem more than ever before with the expansion of the NextWave Partner Program to encompass Threat Response. Partners that achieve this designation are highly skilled and have met stringent requirements with demonstrated deep experience in delivering Threat Hunting and IR services leveraging Cortex XDR. They are able to support customers through Incident Response, during their greatest time of need.”

The Palo Alto Networks NextWave Program for Threat Response offers partners:

  • Leading IR XDR technology built utilizing proactive and reactive use cases to reduce time and resources spent on delivering services, including collecting data, aggregating data, analyzing data and remediating; a purpose-built platform and program that is designed for true IR in addition to endpoint detection and response (EDR).
  • Expert technical and deployment support 24/7 for online access to XDR tenants within minutes and around-the-clock technical support.
  • Expanded routes to market with more ways to offer proactive services to clients pre- or post-IR engagement, including advanced threat analytics, proactive assessments and attack surface management.