Palo Alto Networks and Accenture expand alliance for AI and cybersecurity

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Palo Alto Networks and Accenture have announced they are expanding their strategic partnership to release new offerings, helping organizations embrace the potential of AI, with a strong cybersecurity base.

The duo aims to enable their joint clients to work toward a secure AI future through intentional design, deployment and use of AI that creates value while improving cybersecurity outcomes. The new offerings will combine Precision AI technology from Palo Alto Networks and Accenture’s secure generative AI services. 

Palo Alto Networks’ Secure AI by Design ensures AI systems are safe and compliant, protecting data integrity. Accenture will use Palo Alto Networks’ tools like these to offer in-depth AI diagnostics, securing clients’ AI setups with its Runtime Security. This helps build a strong defense across all stages of the AI process.

The cross-platform offers will include securing of GenAI builds, discovery and exposure management, proactive threat detection and prevention and responsible AI practices. 

Palo Alto Networks will also collaborate closely with Accenture Security as a design partner to develop and customize Palo Alto Networks AI Runtime Security.

Nikesh Arora, chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks, said: “AI is transformational to every aspect of the enterprise business when used the right way.

“With Accenture, we’re uniting Precision AI-powered solutions and services expertise, helping our joint customers use the best of AI to create value for their business today and in the future with better real-time security outcomes. The expansion of our partnership underscores the critical importance of a strong AI ecosystem for customers.”

Karthik Narain, group chief executive of technology, Accenture, also commented: “Generative AI is being adopted by companies across industries as the number one lever for reinvention. It is also a moment of reinvention for cybersecurity – creating new risks, but also providing new tools.

“Accenture and Palo Alto Networks are helping clients confidently navigate each phase of their AI journey, ensuring cybersecurity is prioritized right from the outset.”