Moscow, December 19, 2018. STEP LOGIC has been given the Gold Partner status in the Palo Alto Networks® NextWave partnership programme. This is evidence of the high level of technical expertise that STEP LOGIC can offer regarding Palo Alto Networks products, while also allowing the system integrator to participate in requests for tenders in which one of the requirements is that all bidders have adequate certifications.

STEP LOGIC and Palo Alto Networks have been cooperating since 2011. In this time the two companies have implemented numerous joint projects in finance, industry, insurance, mining and petrochemical sectors as well as in retail. Customers note the high quality and convenience of solutions from Palo Alto, which means that the share of equipment and solution classes of this vendor that the integrator uses in its projects has been growing organically. Thus when STEP LOGIC was deploying a system for protecting the infrastructure of a major groceries retail chain against cyber threats in 2014, a pair of high-performance next-generation firewalls from Palo Alto was installed there and one year later a Panorama centralised management system was deployed there as well. In 2018, STEP LOGIC took part in the launch of a new distribution centre for the same retailer and Palo Alto firewalls were used once again. Palo Alto gateways were also used as the main solution for ensuring the protection of the customer's branches.

"Unfortunately, the increase in cyber-attacks of ever increasing complexity has become a super relevant trend recently, so today companies of any scale and any industry need reliable tools to protect their IT infrastructure more than ever. Palo Alto Networks hardware and software solutions allow us to solve all the practical information security challenges our customers face from perimeter security to the protection of workstations and cloud services. The vendor's cutting edge expertise allows us to recommend their solutions to our customers with no hesitation as we know that Palo Alto Networks always delivers the best-in-class products for protection against zero day vulnerabilities, targeted attacks and other modern threats," comments Anton Antropov, STEP LOGIC Business Development Manager.

By participating in the Palo Alto Networks® NextWave programme, the vendor's partners get support during pre-sale, sale and post-sale and that plays an important role in delivery optimal customer service quality.