GRC Viewpoint

Palo Alto Networks: A Synonym of Perfection With New Age Solutions


Chairman and CEO


“Cyber security may be fought with technology, but it is people who triumph. We must invest in the future generations of professionals who will carry on the fight.”

Matthew Rosenquist has once quoted, “Cyber security may be fought with technology, but it is people who triumph. We must invest in the future generations of professionals who will carry on the fight.” Any business leader who thinks that cyber security should be the least cared about the topic throughout the organization is simply planning to be failed in the future.

Cyber security is the need of the hour especially when we live in the modern generation where every single system is vulnerable to cyber threats. Hence, it becomes essential to invest in a trustworthy cyber-service panel to be safe and stand still in the respective market. Although, there are several organizations ready to tackle the issue of cyber security our team put its efforts to bring the best among them to the table for our readers. This search of us landed us on the page of Palo Alto Networks-one of the leading platforms operating in the business realm, by offering next-level cyber solutions.

Their unmatched portfolio inspired us a lot and made us feature them in our upcoming edition-‘Top Cyber security providers in 2020.’ Our team had an interesting and exciting meeting session with the leadership panel of the company where they shared numerous unknown facts about their business ventures along with their successful journey so far. The leaders also convey some valuable nuggets for the upcoming business enthusiasts out there. We sincerely hope and desire that this fascinating read will not only add an extra value to our readers’ lives but will also inspire them to chase their dreams.

The company is bridging all the security needs and prevailing gaps in the Cyber security realm via serving the industry with a comprehensive portfolio and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Founded in the year 2005 by Rajiv Batra, Nir Zuk, Yuming Mao, and Dave Stevens-the is operating across the globe.



For the greatest possible visibility and control, the team of PAN has integrated best-in-breed capabilities into the most comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio to give its clients a luxury experience.


To increase efficiency and reduce the risk of a breach, PAN’s SecOps products are driven by good data, deep analytics, and end-to-end automation.


  • 8x faster incident investigations
  • 44% lower cost
  • 95% reduction in alerts


To offer clients the most thorough application of Zero Trust, the company bakes it into every security touchpoint.


  • Nikesh Arora (Chief Executive Officer and Chairman)

Nikesh Arora joined as chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Nikesh served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Before that, he held several positions at Google, Inc.

for 10 years, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before joining Google, Nikesh held the role of chief marketing officer for the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG. He was chief executive officer and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002.

Nikesh serves on the board of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., a public Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company, and Tipping Point, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Previously, he served on the boards of SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint Corp., Colgate-Palmolive Inc., and Yahoo! Japan, among others. He holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College, and a B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University.

  • Nir Zuk (Founder and Chief Technology Officer)

Nir Zuk brings a wealth of network security expertise and industry experience to Palo Alto Networks. Before co-founding Palo Alto Networks, Nir was CTO at NetScreen Technologies, which was acquired by Juniper Networks in 2004. Before NetScreen, Nir was co-founder and CTO at OneSecure, a pioneer in intrusion prevention and detection appliances. Nir was also a principal engineer at Check Point Software Technologies and was one of the developers of stateful inspection technology.

  • BJ Jenkins (President)

BJ joined Palo Alto Networks in August 2021. As president, BJ oversees the company’s go-to-market functions, including sales, support, consulting, business development and operations, and partnerships.

Previously, BJ served as president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, leading the company’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the strategic acquisitions of SignNow, Intronis, Sonian, and PhishLine. Before joining Barracuda, BJ held multiple business unit and sales and marketing leadership roles at EMC, including president of EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems (BRS) Division. BJ earned an engineering degree from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


We all are aware of the fact that it is highly important to possess a positive environment throughout the organization to inspire the workforce and gain the best results from their efforts. The management team of PAN keeps its prime focus on motivating the employees throughout the organization by offering them a helping whenever needed.

Nikesh, being the leader of the company always tries to take every single person associated with the company along with him to climb the success ladder. The heads of the company always try to set a better example for their PAN family and to provide them with a happy and work-friendly culture in the organization.

However, Nikesh, being an enthusiastic leader never approves to sit down on his chair and handle the work, rather he mixes himself in the workforce and closely observes the ongoing process. He is so passionate about his organization that sometimes he contacts the clients to know their feedback and desired changes in the solutions. This positive attitude of his immensely boosts the morale of the workforce and cheers them to improve their skills and performance.


Before signing off, we requested Nikesh to share some words of wisdom and some pieces of advice for the upcoming business leaders out there in response to which he asserts, “One should never stop dreaming. If you won’t dream big, you will never be able to collect the courage to work for it.

Nothing is impossible in this world, especially in the upcoming generation. So, put your utmost efforts and give your best to fulfill the dream you have seen. Also, I would like to share some words for the people reading this to be aware of cybercrime as well as cyber security so they can keep an eye on the undesired events taking place in their systems and devices.”