Palo Alto Networks has announced the expansion of its NextWave Program to help partners more rapidly contain and remediate cyberthreats through incident response (IR) services powered by the company’s Cortex XDR product.
The NextWave Program now provides new 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 the company says grew 146% year over year.
“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.” said Tom Barsi, vice president, WW Cortex Ecosystems at 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 provides partners with IR XDR technology utilizing proactive and reactive use cases and data; technical and deployment support 24/7 for online access to XDR tenants; and expanded routes to market for proactive services.
The roll-out provides another resource for MSSPs, who are increasingly called upon by companies in need of a strengthened security posture.