Palo Alto Networks has announced the launch of the WildFire WF-500 appliance that it aims will deliver a private cloud solution for timely and thorough detection, analysis and prevention of advanced persistent threats (APTs).

It said that this allows users to detect, analyse and eradicate suspected threats in a private cloud under their control.

According to the company, when deployed with a Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall, the WF-500 appliance also offers full prevention capabilities for APTs, as well as an option for a WildFire subscription on a customer-owned platform.

Used by more than 1,700 customers globally, the WildFire service aggregates suspicious files flagged by Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls that are uploaded for analysis by the company's systems and experts and a signature generated if a file is determined to be malware or an APT.

Lee Klarich, senior vice president of product management at Palo Alto Networks, said: “Quickly identifying and eliminating previously unknown threats across all applications is key to protecting an organisation from today's advanced threats; only Palo Alto Networks offers its customers a public or private cloud deployment choice and the closed loop capabilities to most efficiently and effectively stop APTs.”