Palo Alto has announced the launch of a solution to help enterprises secure remote endpoints.

The company said that GlobalProtect extends the same visibility and control of applications, users and content that existing customers typically enjoy inside the enterprise network to endpoints outside the network. It ties application, user and content-based policies to roaming users through a persistent thin client that can be pre-installed or installed on demand.

Similar to a VPN, remote traffic is sent over a secure tunnel, however the GlobalProtect client automatically connects to the nearest corporately-managed Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall deployed at a hub, branch or in a private cloud.

René Bonvanie, vice president of worldwide marketing at Palo Alto Networks, said: “The three traditional approaches to endpoint security – client-side software suites, proxies, or full tunnel VPNs – typically have resulted in significant performance impacts, management headaches, or bad user experiences.”