Enable Secure Web Access

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.

Automatically Updated Protections

URL Filtering with PAN-DB leverages a unique combination of proactive techniques to identify and prevent access to dangerous websites, including native integration with the Palo Alto Networks WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service for updated protections every five minutes against malicious sites.

Address Compliance and Regulatory Needs

PAN-DB extends your next-generation firewall policies to control web content. Safeguard your organization from the full spectrum of security, legal, regulatory, compliance and acceptable-use risks – with one set of policies to manage and maintain.

Constantly Updated Global Threat Intelligence

Replace stand-alone legacy web security systems with our Next-Generation Security Platform, which has the ability to prevent access to high-risk website categories and protects against malware and phishing, while enabling proxy avoidance. Granular policy allows you to prevent downloads, automate warning messages, or restrict access altogether.

As adversaries deploy new malicious sites, compromise existing ones, or attempt to avoid detection, it is imperative that your web security is updated with real-time protections for emerging attacks. PAN-DB, our global URL filtering database, receives updates from WildFire every five minutes to block malicious sites, in addition to other advanced identification techniques.

Enforce the Right Controls Without Operational Burden

Organizations often have regulatory, privacy, compliance, or acceptable-use policies that must be enforced, such as blocking access to illicit URL categories. URL Filtering allows you to easily control URL categories in line with organizational policy, down to the user level, with a simple-to-use management interface. 

Scalable, Fast Architecture

Access to web resources is mission-critical for most organizations, and business operations will suffer without instant access at all times. URL Filtering provides high accuracy and low latency controls, combined with fast cloud URL look-ups and a local cache, versus relying on a single large database download. This approach maximizes speed, accuracy, and the ability to always have the latest URL categories available for policy enforcement.

URL Filtering and the Next-Generation Security Platform

URL Filtering with PAN-DB is a core component of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, enabling secure web access for all users. Using the service, organizations can move away from legacy point-product approaches that require multiple policy control and management points and also lack the native sharing of new prevention controls across all elements of the platform. URL Filtering works in concert with WildFire and Threat Prevention to provide best-in-class identification and prevention of known and unknown threats, while lowering operational burdens.


URL Filtering Privacy Datasheet

This document provides customers of Palo Alto Networks with information needed to assess the impact of the URL Filtering service on their overall privacy posture.

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