Get a panoromic view of the cyberspace: Palo Alto Panorama
December 17, 2019

Get a panoromic view of the cyberspace: Palo Alto Panorama

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Palo Alto Panorama

PaloAlto Panorama is the firewall that we use in our organization. The firewall protects all the departments of the University for malicious actors. However, defining the rules, and managing them is done by our team. This next-gen firewall has a lot of potentials to surpass the other giants in this field like Cisco and Juniper. There are different functionalities of this firewall that include integrated Intrusion Detection System (IDS), next-gen packet filter, IP and domain filter based on reputation and threat hunt based on signatures. With time it became an indispensable tool for our team acting as a one-point solution for all our needs. Its signature-based detection system is the best I have ever seen, much better than Cisco FirePower. They keep their database updated all the time, thereby reducing false positives and false negatives. It has a feature called "Wildfire" that detects malware that has been downloaded in our network. This reduced our dependency on McAfee. Other than fulfilling our security needs at a good price, it also helped in saving money by reducing the need for Cisco's Firepower which we are about to discontinue soon.
  • First, it has a very good signature-based Intrusion Detection System (IDS) that shows malicious inbound or outbound network packets. The classification for the critical threats is flawless.
  • It has a feature called "Wildfire" which act like an anti-virus and it reports any malware or malicious attachment that have been downloaded or sent through the network.
  • It needs improvement for the threats categorized as "high" severity. There are lot of false positives. Therefore finding real ones is hard in "high" category.
  • The threat/traffic view needs improvement. It needs at least a feature to sort based on columns. Downloading and parsing using Excel takes a lot of time.
  • Reduced a lot of threats by blocking poorly reputed domains automatically, saving us a lot of time, which we would have otherwise spent on putting it on the manual blacklist.
  • Helped us in almost discontinuing with the Cisco Firepower, saving a lot of money, with its powerful IDS feature.
  • Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire)
Palo Alto Networks Panorama is far superior to Cisco FirePower in terms of threat detection. Other than that it is very fast and easy to use. When it comes to deep packet inspection, Panorama shows all the relevant details needed, while Sourcefire pulls up a lot of details that are often not useful. In addition, the Wildfire feature helps us in detecting malicious files very easily and I have never seen any false positive in it. It also has the manual blacklist tool over Sourcefire which gives us the flexibility to add custom domains and IPs.
Palo Alto has a very nice customer support. People are very nice and were quick to reply, whenever we had an issue with the subscription or the blacklist tool. There is also a great deal of information on their website that covers each and every detail about the uses and the threat signatures. The community keeps on updating their information very frequently. Small issues are easily solved from the documentation, and for other issues, the customer support service is always present. However, on Fridays it becomes a little delayed as per my observation.

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Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance, McAfee Endpoint Security, (formerly SecurityCenter), Atlassian Confluence, Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire)
Palo Alto Panorama is well suited for any scale industry. We use it to manage several units of our organization. Some units have low data flow and some like our medicine and media departments have high data flow. Thus it is highly scalable. It has a very easy interface for regular users. It doesn't require programming skills or sound technical background to use. It has a GUI that supports all kinds of operations through the interface. It also has text-based data fields that can be used by people having networking and programming background to reduce clicks. Therefore it is suited for organizations having both technical and non-technical staff. It is hard to find scenarios where it is not well suited. But yes, since it has all the functionalities integrated into it, buying Panorama for a small organization solely for the sake of firewall (if all other defense tools are already there like IDS, screening firewall) could be an expensive and redundant purchase.

Palo Alto Panorama Feature Ratings

Policy planning and rule management
Automated Policy Orchestration
Device Discovery
Policy Compliance Auditing
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation
Firewall Rule Cleanup
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