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Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering

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What is Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering?

The majority of attacks and exposure to malicious content occurs during the normal course of web browsing activities, which requires the ability to allow safe, secure web access for all users. URL Filtering…

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The majority of attacks and exposure to malicious content occurs during the normal course of web browsing activities, which requires the ability to allow safe, secure web access for all users. URL Filtering with PAN-DB automatically prevents attacks that…

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What is Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering?

The majority of attacks and exposure to malicious content occurs during the normal course of web browsing activities, which requires the ability to allow safe, secure web access for all users. URL Filtering with PAN-DB automatically prevents attacks that leverage the web as an attack vector, including phishing links in emails, phishing sites, HTTP-based command and control, malicious sites and pages that carry exploit kits.

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Users have relied on Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering as their primary web filtering solution for managing internet access and safeguarding against malicious sites, VPNs, and various other categories. The product offers a comprehensive range of filtering categories that successfully cater to the diverse needs of users. With regular updates and exceptional reporting capabilities, Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering ensures that customers stay ahead of emerging threats and maintain a robust security posture.

Customers have seamlessly integrated Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering into their security protocols, effectively screening inbound and outbound traffic to thwart web-based threats and unauthorized activities. The product's out-of-the-box prevention policies and preconfigured patterns empower customers to proactively prevent unauthorized traffic and malware. By utilizing Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering, users can effectively filter out malicious threats, block access to harmful websites, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Configuring and managing access permissions for users and user groups in Active Directory has been made effortless by Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering. This eliminates the need for frequent firewall change requests while providing granular control over website access. The straightforward and user-friendly nature of the filtering capabilities ensures that users can easily navigate through the configuration process. With its robust protection against malicious attacks and seamless enforcement of internet usage policies, Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering proves to be a valuable asset in safeguarding internet traffic and networks.

Custom Categories: Users have found the custom categories feature to be particularly helpful, allowing them to create specific categories for their filtering needs. This has been praised by multiple reviewers for giving them more control over the content that is accessed.

URL Specific Filtering on YouTube: Reviewers appreciate the ability to apply filtering rules specifically to YouTube URLs. This feature ensures that inappropriate content is blocked on this platform, according to some users.

Granular Filtering: The granular filtering feature has been highlighted by users as beneficial. It allows them to apply filtering rules at a detailed level, providing more precise control over the content that is accessed.

Confusing User Interface: Several users have found the user interface of the software to be confusing, particularly in terms of navigation and knowing where to go to perform certain tasks. This has led to a steep learning curve for new users.

Inclusion of Panorama adds to confusion: The inclusion of Panorama, the centralized management tool, has added to the confusion as some tasks need to be done in Panorama while others can only be performed on the active node. This dual-platform approach makes it difficult for users to keep track of where they need to go for different functionalities.

Steep learning curve and filtering knowledge required: Some reviewers have mentioned that understanding the structure of the software requires a certain level of filtering knowledge. As a result, new users may face difficulties in grasping its complexities and require additional time and effort in training and familiarization.

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
PA Advanced URL filtering is an essential module. I would say 'a must have' feature.
the idea is the same similar to any web filter but with more detailed categories and filters.
Ability to block URLs and applications with complete visibility and flexibility.
It is also user-friendly and easy to manage and doesn't require any special expertise to manage.
Since our users majority are Students, We use PA advanced URL filtering to protect our Internet traffic and Network from malicious attacks and bad content and also to force the Internet usage policy.
  • Content filter
  • White and Block list
  • Internet content scanning
  • Reporting need some improvment
  • real time monitoring for URLs
It is highly recommended for environments with large number of users to enforce usage policies and reduce security risks and bandwidth consumption.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Currently, we are using Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering as part of security checks for inbound and outbound traffic.
  • URL category
  • Dynamic Updates
  • URL group
  • URL category - provide the ability to include sites in multiples categories
  • URL category - sometimes there are categories errors for non English URL pages
Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering suits well blocking or allowing traffic based on URL category & groups. In case you need to create your own URL category DB, Palo Alto can provide this feature for your use in your Firewall rules.
Jerry Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
All internet traffic passes through our Palo Alto firewalls with Web Filtering enabled regardless of the point of origin within our network. We do both web filtering and SSL inspection. We create custom access permissions based on active directory group membership or IP address range. The Palo Alto Advanced URL filtering feature was a cost-efficient way to manage access to the internet and provide the necessary protection for our users.
  • Custom categories.
  • URL Specific filtering on YouTube.
  • Easy overrides for SSL inspection.
  • The UI is a bit confusing as to where you need to go to do things. It's made more so by the inclusion of Panorama, the centralized management tool, as some things have to be done in Panorama and others on the active node.
Because of it's complexity, Palo may not be well suited for a small organization that may not have dedicated networking staff. But for a mid to large-sized enterprise, Palo shines.
January 16, 2023

URL Filtering Made Easy

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We utilize Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering as our main web filtering solution for the production traffic. We utilize it to filter Malicious Threats, Block access to Harmful Websites and Streamline Regulatory Compliance.
  • Stops zero-day malware
  • stops unknown and evasive threats in real time
  • Steep learning curve
  • The top-down URL filtering match can sometimes be tricky and requires some expertise in setting up the desired policy
Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering protects computers and workloads from malware and viruses and also monitors endpoints and web activity for other advanced, persistent threats.Advanced URL Filtering protects can allow a company to improve the productivity of the workforce. Employees will always slack off from time to time, but web filters can help to reduce the number of lost hours. Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering is well suited If your company want to improve your security posture, reduce the potential for productivity losses, and reduce legal liability.
Rekha Yadav | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering is being used in one of the customer environment for preventing threats from web based actors to their critical business applications with the help of out of the box prevention policies, built in patterns and policies enablement to prevent un-authorized traffic and malwares. Palo Alto is one of the critical security enablement solution.

  • Threat Detection and Prevention (Malwares, Un-Authorized Access)
  • Out of the box patterns for threat detection
  • Built in and Updated identification patterns
  • Unified Dashboard/Alerting on anomaly
  • Integration with common known software's such as Service Now, Network Monitoring Solution
  • API Operations
  • Documentation and Customer Enablement Sessions
Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL filtering solution is well suited for those who are looking for High-Available, Scalable technology solution to prevent web based threats such as Malwares, Un-trusted web traffic, DDoS attack etc. Also this is ideal solution for automatic and semi-automatic policy deployment, AI/ML based threat detection.
Kaitlyn Wright | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We utilize Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering as our main filtering solution for the agency. We utilize it to block malicious sites, VPNs, and other categories. The filtering offers many various categories that cover all of our needs. It is updated regularly and it provides excellent reporting.
  • Granular filtering with specific categories
  • Constantly updated
  • Alerts you when new categories are added
  • Does require some filtering knowledge to understand the structure
  • Have to use PUTTY to check the category a website is
  • Great for workplace filtering.
  • Not school specific but can be used for that too.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized

We currently utilize Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering PAN-DB for controlling access for users and user groups in Active Directory. For example, we have groups setup in Active Directory to allow access to say Dropbox. This AD group is then tied into a URL Filtering rule in the security policy to allow whatever application access you configure. This serves us in a few ways.

  • We do not have to create a Firewall change request to add a user to a URL application such as dropbox, rather just add the username into the AD group.
  • Much easier to maintain access for control and Audit purposes when adding or removing a user's permissions.
The granularity of using URL Filtering is pretty straightforward and easy to configure.
  • Integrates with active directory groups.
  • Provides granular control of URL's and specific application levels.
  • Allowed quick monitoring by categories.
  • The top down URL filtering match can sometimes be tricky as the user may match something higher in the list and not receive all the permissions you intended.
  • The reporting feature for specific URL's could be more easily configured.
  • There is an additional cost for the URL filtering license.
Overall website access control via the application or specific URL works well and is pretty easy to configure out of the box assuming you purchased the license. For organizations that have a wide variety of specific user needs for one-off websites, it works fantastic in conjunction with using an active directory group to manage this. Utilizing URL Categories is a very simple and easy way to provide a wider net when specific website control is not such a factor. If URL by category is not granular enough, you also have the option to utilize access permissions or restrictions based on external dynamic lists.
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