Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall

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4.2 out of 5 stars

Our next-generation firewall classifies all traffic, including encrypted traffic, based on application, application function, user and content. You can create comprehensive, precise security policies, resulting in safe enablement of applications. This lets only authorized users run sanctioned applications, greatly reducing the surface area of cyber attacks across the organization.

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Palo Alto review by <span>Chris B.</span>
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"PAN ng firewalls are truly next gen"

What do you like best?

AppID and UserID are probably my favorite features, but I really love PAN's content inspection and wildfire analysis integration. Not to mention Panorama central mgmt across all firewalls and the partner hooks into other interopped vendor's security infrastructure within our environment resulting in overall stronger security posture.

What do you dislike?

some of the appIDs with "dynamic port ranges" like skype for business are opening all the ports when they don't necessarily use all 65535 ports. They should be restricted to least privilege approach. vuln scanners are throwing false positives that traffic is listening due to appID, when it's actually filtered/denied. on the plus side, this could trick hackers recon attempts so it inadvertently has a positive side.

Recommendations to others considering the product

don't wait, get back control of your network by switching to PAN!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

central firewall access mgmt, malicious content inspection across wifi and wired connections, stronger insight into activity on the network, integration with SIEM are the few off hand that come to mind.

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Palo Alto review by <span>Ryan F.</span>
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"Great firewall but even better customer service! "

What do you like best?

Having used many "Next Gen" firewalls I was a bit jaded by all the new hype around Palo Alto but after using their products and integration, it has made my team's much more productive and efficient. With the abilty to use for advanced VPN performance, Wildfire protection from emerging threats and a combination of threat and antivirus definitions. Lastly, highly performant SSL decryption allows us to secure even encrypted traffic to and from our networks. Outside of pure security features, we utilize URL Filtering and analytics which allows us to see our network utilization, risks, and performance on a broad spectrum.

What do you dislike?

All complaints were resolved and fixed in 8.0. One thing to keep in mind would be to release firmware updates that are a bit more vetted to not leave new and current customers wondering which former they should update to if they should update at all. This is always a process we have to consider when looking at new updates and their functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get a POC in your environment. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the new releases of hardware how cheap the TCO and how fast the ROI can be on such a great appliance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to solve many complex issues with Palo Alto. We are able to see much greater into our environment and other environments we are looking into for audits. In addition, we are able to offer higher SLAs and KPIs.

What Firewall solution do you use?

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Palo Alto review by <span>Dylan B.</span>
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"Palo Alto Networks - An Administrator's Review"

What do you like best?

There's a seemingly endless amount of features which can benefit almost any type of deployment. OS upgrades to the platform continue to be meaningful and introduce new capabilities without requiring additional licensing. The platform and company is always growing and nothing about it seems stagnant or dated.

What do you dislike?

The devices are fairly expensive, which means they may not be a realistic choice for smaller deployments and organizations. This has improved recently though with their latest generation of hardware.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The concepts and management of next-gen firewalls can be significantly different compared to legacy firewalls. I'd encourage any prospective users/purchasers to educate themselves on the management and operation of these firewalls. There are many excellent learning resources available online, as well as Palo Alto Networks user groups available for you to join in most major cities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Threat detection and prevention in a world where everything needs to be considered insecure, as well as analytics and insight into network traffic that is simply not available with lesser products. Palo Alto Networks continues to build and expand on their technologies and product offerings. As an administrator, being able to build our own network around such a robust platform which continues to expand, as our needs do too, has proven very beneficial. Palo Alto Networks technical support has been very helpful in the times when we do run into issues, and the local user base continues to expand which encourages knowledge sharing among security professionals throughout a wide variety of industries. I doubt the feeling of "outgrowing" these firewalls would be possible for a vast majority of networks and administrators.

Palo Alto review by Administrator in Animation
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"Palo Alto Networks NGFW Review"

What do you like best?

All the features that it's well known for, App-ID, User-ID, Content-ID, SSL-Inspection, throughput, Anti-malware and ease of use. It's an all in one box that does everything we're looking for, making easier to manage that if all the features we're across multiple systems.

What do you dislike?

On the lower end models, the commit time is a bit slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great platform, easy to use and understand, gives you a lot of control to be as granular as you need to be with your rules. Compare the actual throughput of all the solutions you're looking at, with all the features you plan to use, this number is usually hidden on the datasheet of other vendors but PAN have clearly detailed it.

While the price is higher than most of the other vendors, it has based on our experience will have a longer life and not need to be replaced than another vendor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visibility of traffic traversing the network, either internally or to/from the internet, and using that data to further protect it. By giving us the visibility and granularity of control, we can create very specific rules to allow or deny access to different services.

Palo Alto review by Executive Sponsor in Telecommunications
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"palo alto NGFW rreview"

What do you like best?

excelent performance when you are adding additional security features - uniques single pass technology

excellent security control for applications (App-ID, User-ID, Content-ID)

Very good support

What do you dislike?

management of device is not user-friendly

sometimes security updates harm functionalities of running applications

slow response on management plane when you have a lot of different rules (adding, changing rules)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Palo Alto we solved the problem of security when we are facing access and traffic from/to Internet. With solution whichi integrate application security check, antimalware check and URL protection we are much more safe when we are exchanging traffic over Internet. We also use site-to-site VPN on Palo ALto firewalls to securely interconnect our companies worldwide.

Palo Alto review by <span>Pierre L.</span>
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"The absolute best in active firewalls!"

What do you like best?

PAN has been the best upgrade to our security since I started here almost 5 years ago. The protection and customization of these firewalls is second to none in my opinion.

What do you dislike?

There was recently an emergency content update that actually broke all of our traffic due to a DNS issue. The emergency content patch was released about 4 hours later *after) we had diagnosed and rolled back ourselves.

Granted, this was the only incident of it's type while we have been using these.

Recommendations to others considering the product

PANs are a bit challenging to set up. We had to have consultants assist with the early stages of implementation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PAN has allowed us to be more secure and proactive in our network security.

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