On Monday, Palo Alto Networks agreed to acquire Israeli startup Talon Cyber Security, an enterprise browser platform. The deal values Talon at between $600 to $700 million, according to The Information. Palo Alto will integrate Talon’s enterprise browser solution into its Prisma SASE product.
The acquisition comes among a wave of acquisitions and releases involving expanded network security. Cisco, a competitor of Palo Alto Networks, acquired Valtix, a cloud network security company, earlier this year. Microsoft recently announced its own enterprise browser security feature called Microsoft Edge for Business.
Enterprise browser security works by controlling the results an individual can obtain in their search engine. This control can involve making sure employees can only access work appropriate information and applications or by blocking access to potentially malicious data sources that would leave the larger company susceptible to a cyberattack through a worker’s device. Acquiring Talon will allow Palo Alto Networks to expand their cloud security offerings to employees’ personal devices through enterprise browser security.
Anand Oswal, senior vice president of products for Palo Alto Networks, stated in a company’s blog post that SASE needs to encompass both managed and unmanaged devices as the workforce becomes more hybrid. He mentions, “the proposed acquisition will enable Palo Alto Networks customers to extend Prisma SASE’s leading Zero Trust and cloud-delivered security to unmanaged devices, including desktop and mobile.”