Policy Types

The Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall supports a variety of policy types that work together to safely enable applications on your network.
Policy Type
Description
Security
Determine whether to block or allow a session based on traffic attributes such as the source and destination security zone, the source and destination IP address, the application, user, and the service. For more details, see Security Policy.
NAT
Instruct the firewall which packets need translation and how to do the translation. The firewall supports both source address and/or port translation and destination address and/or port translation. For more details, see NAT.
QoS
Identify traffic requiring QoS treatment (either preferential treatment or bandwidth-limiting) using a defined parameter or multiple parameters and assign it a class. For more details, see Quality of Service.
Policy Based Forwarding
Identify traffic that should use a different egress interface than the one that would normally be used based on the routing table. For details, see Policy-Based Forwarding.
Decryption
Identify encrypted traffic that you want to inspect for visibility, control, and granular security. For more details, see Decryption.
Application Override
Identify sessions that you do not want processed by the App-ID engine, which is a Layer-7 inspection. Traffic matching an application override policy forces the firewall to handle the session as a regular stateful inspection firewall at Layer-4. For more details, see Manage Custom or Unknown Applications.
Authentication
Identify traffic that requires users to authenticate. For more details, see Authentication Policy.
DoS Protection
Identify potential denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and take protective action in response to rule matches. DoS Protection Profiles.

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