A next-generation firewall model for enterprise branch offices and a firewall service that addresses modern malware have both been launched by Palo Alto Networks.

Firstly, the PA-200 delivers full next-generation firewall capabilities at 100Mbps of throughput in a centrally managed small-form factor and enables enterprises to have the same level of security for applications, users and content at a branch office as they do at headquarters.

Secondly, the company has announced the launch of WildFire to extend the capabilities of all of Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls to addresses the challenge of modern malware.

According to the company, this identifies unknown malicious files by directly and automatically executing them in a virtual cloud-based environment to expose malicious behaviour, even if the malware has never been seen in the wild before.

For malicious files, Palo Alto Networks automatically generates new signatures that are distributed with regular signature updates and provides the user with actionable analysis of exactly how the malware behaves, who was targeted and the application that delivered the threat.

The company claimed that by integrating the firewall with the cloud-based analysis engine, WildFire reduces the 'time to protection' for all customers and makes this critical new protection accessible to any enterprise.

Also, the company has released version 4.1 of its operating system, while the new version of its GlobalProtect remote access technology now supports Apple and Mac OS X devices.

Nir Zuk, founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks, said: “Our approach to modern malware is the latest example of how we question conventional network security approaches until we've developed a better way of addressing the problem.

“Combining prior technical contributions such as sandboxing technology and cloud-based malware analysis with the unprecedented capabilities of a next-generation firewall has resulted in innovation that enterprises can feasibly deploy throughout their networks.”