Introduction to Palo Alto Networks cloud-based URL filtering
service—a must for organizations that rely on web access.
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
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.
The Palo Alto Networks URL filtering solution, PAN-DB, allows
you to choose between the PAN-DB Public Cloud and the 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.