Palo Alto Networks was founded in 2005 by Nir Zuk, a former engineer from Check Point and NetScreen Technologies. Zuk served in the elite Unit 8200 of the Israel Defense Forces and, was the principal developer of the first stateful inspection firewall and the first intrusion prevention system.
The company produced and shipped its first firewall
Gartner, Inc. released a publication defining the "next-generation firewall". In its definition, Palo Alto Networks firewalls contain application awareness, full stack visibility, extra-firewall intelligence, and upgrade paths in addition to the full capabilities of both traditional firewalls and intrusion prevention systems.
Ddebuted on the NYSE
MSM - Mobile Security manager was added to extend the firewall security down to mobile devices. In 2014 TRAPS was added to the product list. Traps serves as a version on endpoint protection, client protection without the standard virus file - rather it takes a different view and attempts to monitor, detect and thwart the entry of the virus into the client by monitoring common entry points.