Use Network Packet Broker to forward traffic to external
The new Network Packet Broker feature
replaces Decryption Broker and expands its capabilities to filter
and forward not only decrypted TLS traffic, but also non-decrypted
TLS and non-TLS traffic, to one or more third-party appliances (a
security chain). The ability to filter and forward all traffic to
a security chain eliminates complications from dedicated decryption
devices and security chain management devices, thus simplifying
your network and reducing capital and operating costs. Network Packet
Broker checks path health to and from the security chain and filters
traffic based on applications, users, devices, IP addresses, and
zones. These features are especially valuable in very high security
environments such as financial and government institutions that
require offloading traffic to external security chains.
Identify the traffic that you want to forward to one or more
The firewall must have at least two available Layer 3 Ethernet
interfaces to use as dedicated packet broker forwarding interfaces
to connect to the first and last devices in a security chain. You
can configure multiple pairs of packet broker forwarding interfaces
to connect to different security chains. Decide which pairs of firewall
interfaces to use as dedicated Network Packet Broker forwarding
Network Packet Broker supports routed Layer
3 security chains and Transparent Bridge Layer 1 security chains.
For routed Layer 3 chains, one pair of packet broker forwarding
interfaces can connect to multiple Layer 3 security chains using
a properly configured switch, router, or other device to perform
the required Layer 3 routing between the firewall and the security
Configure a Transparent Bridge security
chain or a routed layer 3 security
chain on the firewall using Packet Broker profiles and Network Packet
Broker policy rules.
None of the devices in the security
chain can modify the source or destination IP address, source or
destination port, or protocol of the original session because the
firewall would be unable to match the modified session to the original
session and therefore would drop the traffic.
can use Policy Optimizer to review
and tighten Network Packet Broker policy rules.
Network Packet Broker supports:
Decrypted TLS, non-decrypted TLS, and non-TLS traffic.
SSL Forward Proxy and SSL Inbound Inspection traffic.
Routed Layer 3 security chains.
Transparent Bridge Layer 1 security chains.
can configure both routed Layer 3 and Layer 1 Transparent Bridge
security chains on the same firewall but you must use different pairs
of forwarding interfaces for each type.
Unidirectional traffic flow through the chain: all traffic
to the chain egresses the firewall on one dedicated firewall interface
and returns to the firewall on another dedicated firewall interface,
so all traffic flows in the same direction.
forwarding interfaces must be in the same zone.
Bidirectional traffic flow through the security chain:
Client-to-server (c2s) traffic egresses the firewall on one
dedicated firewall broker interface and returns to the firewall
on another dedicated firewall broker interface.
Server-to-client (s2c) traffic uses the same two dedicated
firewall broker interfaces as c2s traffic, but the traffic flows
in the opposite direction through the security chain. The firewall
broker interface on which the s2c traffic goes to the chain is the
same interface on which the c2s traffic returns from the chain to
the firewall. The firewall broker interface on which the s2c traffic
returns to the firewall is the same interface on which the c2s traffic
egresses to the chain.
Network Packet Broker does not support multicast, broadcast,
or SSH traffic.