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WildFire is a firewall option from Palo Alto Networks.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/ej/jE/F7QTO7QIO9UF.PNGWorking in Healthcare this has been a literal lifesaver.We are using Wildfire to protect our network at several layers, we're using it on our edge networks to protect from threats on the internet as well as protecting our internal client networks from threats that may exist in our shared services environment or each other in the case of a few specific clients who are allowed to talk to each other. Additionally we use it to protect our corporate presence from the internet as well as our remote hosting environment. Wildfire has proven to be a lifesaver through several zero-day events including wanna-cry.,Detecting malware Zero-day threat prevention Keeping you up to date with the latest threats,Cost I would personally like to see more JSON support in the API rather than XML, but that's being very nitpicky,10,Protected us and our clients from Wanna-Cry! Made for a more secure network. Allows us to provide multiple clients with shared services while protecting us and all of our clients from the latest threats.,Cisco ASA and Juniper SRX,Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, Cisco ASA, Cisco Nexus, Juniper SRX, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series, Palo Alto Panorama, Palo Alto Networks Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series, Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering PAN-DB, Ansible, F5 BIG-IP,40,40,Malware detection Zero Day Protection Automated Threat Prevention,None really, it's been pretty easy to use/setup out of the box and does what it's intended to do.,We're looking at implementing Palo Altos in place of ASAs between our clients and our datacenters. This should give us higher layer visibility & malware detection between us and our clients.,10,Yes,Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Vendor Reputation,Might have started with larger firewalls and implemented them in more places to capitalize on the savings from buying in bulk.,8,I can't think of anything specific to Wildfire but they're generally really quick with providing power supply replacements when we need them.,Dynamic Updates Traffic inspection for malware detection & threat prevention.,Haven't really found any, the Palo Alto ecosystem in general is pretty easy to use and very well documented.,10WildFire burning through the wireWildFire is a good product for sandboxing unknown files. Any exe, pdf, doc, etc file that originates from the interwebs is sent to the WF cloud. Internal info is sent to a WF appliance for internal assessment. Hashes from internal analysis is shared with the cloud but not the file.,WF helps identify potentially malicious files across a large range of types and operating system executable files. WF + Traps helps catch things from a client that may traverse encrypted channels or that don't pass through a firewall. WF Appliance helps address compliance concerns allowing sandboxing of files on site.,As all sand boxes, WF needs to stay on top of malware sandbox evasion techniques. The initial management and setup of WF could be better. Have had some bugs with WF code.,9,Unknown file analysis helps with identifying malware that may not have a current signature. Additional visibility into files transferred across networks.,FireEye,PyCharm, Palo Alto Networks Traps, TufinControlled Chaos = WildFireCurrently it is being used at our collocation. It helps identify and more importantly prevents malware and evasive attacks to high confidential and production data. It takes our existing Palo Alto devices and works with WildFire becoming end point sensor to help prevent malicious attacks. This helps resolve any foreseeable threat as well as provides potential clients with reports showing the security procedures taken by our company. This helps project our confidence that data stored is protected and secure.,This is could base and easily manageable for our collocation. While working within the could can review in live time potential treats that it has reported from other devices. Worked very well with existing Palo Alto devices. Another huge plus is the simplicity of managing and ease of scalability. Its cost is competitive with similar/like products available.,Although it supports third party NGFW's I haven't tried and heard mixed reviews. I'd stay within the Palo Alto family of device. Support could become cumbersome if not identified from the beginning. Even though it's purchased through a vendor which could offer support ultimately having support from Palo Alto would be ideal.,9,Although expensive to implement correctly, seeing ROI for us is projected within 6 years. The added high end security appliances shows robust attention to confidential data we process. This makes us more desirable to clients and helps with when reporting third party combat infiltration testing. It's a hard pill to swallow the first year, however new jobs are quicker to be generated due to again the high security measures we implement.,,BitLocker Drive Encryption, Malwarebytes, DefenderPalo Alto Wildfire - premium product but at a premium priceWe are using the WildFire cloud services across the organization to detect and block malware discovered by others for near-zero-day protection, as well as to upload files that haven't been seen in the wild for examination in case a new or unique threat enters our organization.,Quick definition downloads and updates. Version 7.1 can do one every 5 minutes. Zero day protection within 5 minutes is a huge plus. Quick manual or automatic examination of files. Palo Alto's wildfire site supports API uploads or manual uploads that provide more detailed information than a Virustotal, for example.,Would be helpful if they supported more file types. Would be helpful if they supported uploads of larger files.,8,We've had one or two malware files that were blocked by Wildfire. We use it occasionally to check unusual or unexpected files. Hard to monetize ROI, because we don't know what the impact would have been if the file made it through. We pay significantly for the Wildfire licenses, but given the potential impact to our business, we feel it is worthwhile. Figure costs are somewhere around $1,500 per year per firewall for a mid-range model. Can be higher or lower for different sized firewalls. Onsite appliance was somewhere between $50-100K, which was too much for us, so we use the cloud model.,TippingPoint IPS,LogicMonitor, Cisco ASA
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December 12, 2018

Palo Alto Networks WildFire Review: "Working in Healthcare this has been a literal lifesaver."

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We are using Wildfire to protect our network at several layers, we're using it on our edge networks to protect from threats on the internet as well as protecting our internal client networks from threats that may exist in our shared services environment or each other in the case of a few specific clients who are allowed to talk to each other. Additionally we use it to protect our corporate presence from the internet as well as our remote hosting environment. Wildfire has proven to be a lifesaver through several zero-day events including wanna-cry.
  • Detecting malware
  • Zero-day threat prevention
  • Keeping you up to date with the latest threats
  • Cost
  • I would personally like to see more JSON support in the API rather than XML, but that's being very nitpicky
Palo Alto Networks Wildfire is well suited for pretty much anywhere that you need the latest and greatest network security. It is extremely good at protecting you from the latest malware threats that might pose a potential problem for your network/endpoints. We've been very please since we installed it and I would say cost of the Palo Altos is the only drawback. If money were no object I'd go with a Palo Alto with Wildfire every time. But unfortunately in some smaller branches it just doesn't make financial sense.
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December 14, 2017

Palo Alto Networks WildFire Review: "WildFire burning through the wire"

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WildFire is a good product for sandboxing unknown files. Any exe, pdf, doc, etc file that originates from the interwebs is sent to the WF cloud. Internal info is sent to a WF appliance for internal assessment. Hashes from internal analysis is shared with the cloud but not the file.
  • WF helps identify potentially malicious files across a large range of types and operating system executable files.
  • WF + Traps helps catch things from a client that may traverse encrypted channels or that don't pass through a firewall.
  • WF Appliance helps address compliance concerns allowing sandboxing of files on site.
  • As all sand boxes, WF needs to stay on top of malware sandbox evasion techniques.
  • The initial management and setup of WF could be better.
  • Have had some bugs with WF code.
With the new integration to Traps and Virtual firewalls, the only place WF does not work is trying to analyze files that don't cross a firewall (1) and where Traps can't be installed (2). Other than that, there is no issue sandboxing everything that has an unknown hash.
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March 30, 2017

Palo Alto Networks WildFire Review: "Controlled Chaos = WildFire"

Score 9 out of 10
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Currently it is being used at our collocation. It helps identify and more importantly prevents malware and evasive attacks to high confidential and production data. It takes our existing Palo Alto devices and works with WildFire becoming end point sensor to help prevent malicious attacks. This helps resolve any foreseeable threat as well as provides potential clients with reports showing the security procedures taken by our company. This helps project our confidence that data stored is protected and secure.
  • This is could base and easily manageable for our collocation. While working within the could can review in live time potential treats that it has reported from other devices.
  • Worked very well with existing Palo Alto devices.
  • Another huge plus is the simplicity of managing and ease of scalability.
  • Its cost is competitive with similar/like products available.
  • Although it supports third party NGFW's I haven't tried and heard mixed reviews. I'd stay within the Palo Alto family of device.
  • Support could become cumbersome if not identified from the beginning. Even though it's purchased through a vendor which could offer support ultimately having support from Palo Alto would be ideal.
Depending on the environment being implemented in I'd recommend it for compliance purposes as well as managing it from a Network Engineer perspective. From my experience, firmware updates, patching and hardware integration have generally been smooth. Truth be told, cloud based firewall and networking compliance are becoming more and more mainstream and WildFire has a solid foundation.
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July 28, 2016

Palo Alto Networks WildFire Review: "Palo Alto Wildfire - premium product but at a premium price"

Score 8 out of 10
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We are using the WildFire cloud services across the organization to detect and block malware discovered by others for near-zero-day protection, as well as to upload files that haven't been seen in the wild for examination in case a new or unique threat enters our organization.
  • Quick definition downloads and updates. Version 7.1 can do one every 5 minutes. Zero day protection within 5 minutes is a huge plus.
  • Quick manual or automatic examination of files. Palo Alto's wildfire site supports API uploads or manual uploads that provide more detailed information than a Virustotal, for example.
  • Would be helpful if they supported more file types.
  • Would be helpful if they supported uploads of larger files.
It is well suited for organizations where zero-day exploits are likely or the impact will be large. Palo Alto Networks Wildfire can be relatively expensive, so smaller or extremely cost-sensitive organizations might not be able to justify the cost vs. waiting for daily antivirus updates that contain the intraday wildfire rollups.
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About Palo Alto Networks WildFire

WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and prevent even the most evasive threats.
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