Best Practices for Applications and Threats Content Updates
Learn the best practices for keeping application and
threat content signatures up-to-date seamlessly.
The best practices to deploy content updates helps to
ensure seamless policy enforcement as the firewall is continually
equipped with new and modified application and threat signatures.
Even though application and threat signatures are delivered together
in a single content update package (read more about Applications
and Threats Content Updates), you have the flexibility to deploy
them differently based on your network security and availability
An organization with a security-first posture prioritizes
protection using the latest threat signatures over application availability.
You’re primarily using the firewall for its threat prevention capabilities.
A mission-critical network prioritizes application
availability over protection using the latest threat signatures.
Your network has zero tolerance for downtime. The firewall is deployed
inline to enforce security policy and if you’re using App-ID in
security policy, any change to content that affects App-ID could
You can take a mission-critical or security-first approach to
deploying content updates, or you can apply a mix of both approaches
to meet the needs of the business. Consider your approach as you
apply the following best practices to most effectively leverage
new and modified threat and application signatures: