The Palo Alto Networks URL filtering solution complements App-ID by
enabling you to configure the firewall to identify and control access
to web (HTTP and HTTPS) traffic and to protect your network from attack.
With URL Filtering enabled, all web traffic on any port is compared
against the URL filtering database, which contains a listing of
millions of websites that have been categorized. You can use these
URL categories as a match criteria to enforce security policy and
to safely enable web access and control the traffic that traverses
your network. You can also use URL filtering to enforce safe search
settings for your users, and to Prevent
Credential Phishing based on URL category.
Although the Palo Alto Networks URL filtering solution supports
both BrightCloud and PAN-DB, only the PAN-DB URL filtering solution
allows you to choose between the
PAN-DB Public Cloud
PAN-DB Private Cloud
. Use the public cloud solution
if the Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls on your network
can directly access the Internet. If the network security requirements
in your enterprise prohibit the firewalls from directly accessing
the Internet, you can deploy a PAN-DB private cloud on one or more
M-600 appliances that function as PAN-DB servers within your network.