SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the network security company™, today announced that Palo Alto Networks firewalls have achieved Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+), the highest level of globally recognized certification for the firewall category. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130508/SF04701LOGO) This achievement marks the completion of a rigorous third-party evaluation and testing process. It proves that Palo Alto Networks firewalls are third-party validated security platforms for the most critical infrastructures, ranging from national governments to enterprise and financial institution networks. "Because of heightened cyber security concerns, many organizations are looking for innovative and proven network security solutions that give them better control over network traffic," said Lee Klarich, senior vice president of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks, Inc. "This certification adds to the existing validations that underscore Palo Alto Networks firewalls are an exceptional platform to meet today's pressing network security needs." This achievement expands Palo Alto Networks growing list of technical credentials, which include recognition by ICSA Labs (Network firewall certification), Telcordia (NEBS) and NIST (FIPS 140-2), among others. For additional Common Criteria evaluation details specific to the Palo Alto Networks products, visit: http://www.niap-ccevs.org/st/vid10392/. About Palo Alto NetworksPalo Alto Networks is the network security company. Its innovative platform allows enterprises, service providers, and government entities to secure their networks and safely enable the increasingly complex and rapidly growing number of applications running on their networks. The core of the Palo Alto Networks platform is its Next-Generation Firewall, which delivers application, user, and content visibility and control integrated within the firewall through its proprietary hardware and software architecture. Palo Alto Networks products and services can address a broad range of network security requirements, from the data center to the network perimeter, as well as the distributed enterprise, which includes branch offices and a growing number of mobile devices. Palo Alto Networks products are used by more than 11,000 customers in over 100 countries. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com. Palo Alto Networks, "The Network Security Company," the Palo Alto Networks Logo, App-ID, GlobalProtect, and WildFire are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other trademarks, trade names or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.