URL Filtering Vendors

You can enable Palo Alto Networks proprietary URL filtering database, PAN-DB, or Webroot Inc.’s BrightCloud database for URL filtering on your firewall.
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.
To enable URL filtering on a firewall, you must purchase and activate a URL Filtering license for one of the supported URL Filtering vendors and then install the database for the vendor you selected.
Starting with PAN-OS 6.0, firewalls managed by Panorama do not need to be running the same URL filtering vendor that is configured on Panorama. For firewalls running PAN-OS 6.0 or later, when a mismatch is detected between the vendor enabled on the firewalls and what is enabled on Panorama, the firewalls can automatically migrate URL categories and/or URL profiles to (one or more) categories that align with that of the vendor enabled on it. For guidance on how to configure URL Filtering on Panorama if you are managing firewalls running different PAN-OS versions, refer to the Panorama Administrator’s Guide.
If you have valid licenses for both PAN-DB and BrightCloud, activating the PAN-DB license automatically deactivates the BrightCloud license (and vice versa). At a time, only one URL filtering license can be active on a firewall.

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