How Orca Security Compares to Prisma Cloud

A purpose-built platform to simplify cloud security

To secure the cloud, security teams want to easily onboard cloud accounts, quickly activate security capabilities, and avoid operational overhead from traditional, agent-based solutions–ensuring comprehensive coverage across the entire cloud tech stack.

With Orca Security, you benefit from a purpose-built Cloud Security Platform that addresses all of your cloud risks and features our patented SideScanning technology that covers your entire cloud estate without agents

Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks was stitched together by endless acquisitions, including Evident, RedLock, Twistlock, PureSec, Aporeto, and Bridgecrew. This results in a complicated user experience and agent-based deployments that lack comprehensive coverage and are difficult to operationalize.

The agentless security pioneer

Orca’s patent-pending SideScanning technology quickly and easily scans all of your Linux and Windows workloads, including cloud VMs, containers and Kubernetes applications, and serverless functions, without the need to deploy and update agents like Prisma Cloud Defender. This provides you with instant-on security and complete coverage for all your workloads and applications that Prisma Cloud can’t match. Within the Orca UI, you can view detailed risk prioritization information about all of your assets with context to understand your greatest risks and the impact to your business.

A unified data model

The Orca Platform brings all of your data into a unified, easily-queryable location. With Orca’s Unified Data Model, you can view assets, compliance status, risks, and security incidents from one dashboard, rather than constantly hopping between multiple redundant screens within Prisma Cloud or learning a complicated new query language (RQL).

Simple, predictable pricing and best-in-class support

Orca takes a simple pricing approach that allows you to focus on securing your cloud environments and applications rather than worrying about calculating “credits”. We’re also available when you need us to help you scale your business with confidence.



Easy Onboarding

Simple 3-step activation model scans your cloud accounts, assets, workloads, data, and identities across multiple clouds without having to deploy agents

Difficult Activation and Optimization

Multi-stage activation includes onboarding users to multiple locations. Agent-based Defender deployments need to be done alongside every single workload

Asset Inventory


Continuously monitor public cloud services and configurations, entitlements and identities, workloads and applications, all from a single dashboard


Separate tabs for critical parts of the product due to separation between RedLock and Twistlock acquisitions



100+ compliance frameworks with all data and policies shown in a single dashboard for seamless reporting

Lots of Windows to View

Many frameworks, but findings spread across several locations between cloud infrastructure compliance (RedLock) vs. cloud workloads (Compute/Twistlock) adds management overhead

Attack Path Analysis

Automated and Interactive

Interactive dashboard, with automated impact score, surfaces toxic combinations of risks so teams can prioritize and fix the top 1% of issues. All risks mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK framework

Alert Overload

No comparable view across cloud infrastructure and workloads. Threat Detection UI is hidden within RQL queries. Incident Explorer only shows cloud workload risks within Compute / Twistlock

PII Detection

Seamless and Comprehensive

Automatic detection of PII across all cloud resources

Not Included by Default

Need to activate a complicated, expensive Data Security module

Malware Scanning


Signature and heuristic-based detection


Signature-based only

Shift Left Security

Unified with Context

One CLI and dedicated Shift Left Dashboard for viewing all of your container image and IaC scans. Unified policy management of all your CI/CD policies

The Opposite of Unified

Disintegrated capabilities from Twistlock and Bridgecrew leave results and policies spread across multiple windows and locations. Build policies are disconnected from Runtime policies due to multiple acquisitions

API Security

Simple and Comprehensive

Automated inventory of all interconnected APIs and web domains. Capabilities integrated with agentless SideScanning technology, nothing new to activate. Prioritize risks, including external exposure, mapped to OWASP API Security Top 10 and contextualized with all other risks

Activate Another Module

Web Application and API Security (WAAS) module requires Defender agent to be installed and activated, adding overhead and costs. API Security requires traffic mirroring or Defender agent. Risks are siloed, not shown in context to other cloud issues

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