URL Filtering Vendors

Palo Alto Networks firewalls support two URL filtering vendors:
  • PAN-DB—The Palo Alto Networks-developed URL filtering database. PAN-DB provides high-performance local caching for maximum inline performance on URL lookups, and offers coverage against malicious URLs and IP addresses. As WildFire identifies unknown malware, zero-day exploits, and advanced persistent threats (APTs), the PAN-DB database is updated with information on malicious URLs so that you can block malware downloads and disable Command and Control (C2) communications to protect your network from cyberthreats. URL categories that identify confirmed malicious content—malware, phishing, and C2 are updated every five minutes—to ensure that you can manage access to these sites within minutes of categorization.
    To view a list of PAN-DB URL filtering categories, refer to https://urlfiltering.paloaltonetworks.com/CategoryList.aspx.
  • BrightCloud—A third-party URL database that is owned by Webroot, Inc. and is integrated into PAN-OS firewalls. For information on the BrightCloud URL database, visit http://brightcloud.com.
Enable a URL Filtering Vendor to configure the firewall to use one of the two URL filtering databases.

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