Get Started with WildFire

The following steps provide a quick workflow to get started with WildFire™. If you’d like to learn more about WildFire before getting started, take a look at the WildFire Overview and review WildFire Best Practices.
  1. Get your WildFire Subscription. If you do not have a WildFire subscription, you can still forward PEs for WildFire analysis.
  2. Decide which of the WildFire Deployments works for you:
    • WildFire global cloud—Forward samples to a Palo Alto Networks-hosted WildFire public cloud.
    • WildFire private cloud—(
      Requires a WildFire appliance
      ) Forward samples to a local WildFire appliance that resides on your network.
    • WildFire hybrid cloud—(
      Requires a WildFire appliance
      ) Forward some samples to the WildFire public cloud and some samples to a WildFire private cloud.
  3. (
    WildFire private and hybrid cloud only
    ) Set Up and Manage a WildFire Appliance, including upgrading the WildFire appliance to the latest release version. Firewalls connected to the appliance must be running the same release version.
  4. Confirm your WildFire license is active on the firewall.
    1. Log in to the firewall.
    2. Select
      Device
      Licenses
      and check that the WildFire License is active.
      If the WildFire License is not displayed, select one of the License Management options to activate the license.
  5. Connect the firewall to WildFire and configure WildFire settings.
    1. Select
      Device
      Setup
      WildFire
      and edit General Settings.
    2. Use the
      WildFire Private Cloud
      and
      WildFire Public Cloud
      fields to Specify the WildFire Deployments to which you want to forward samples.
    3. It is a recommended WildFire best practice to set the
      File Size
      for PEs to the maximum size limit of 10 MB, and to leave the
      File Size
      for all other file types set to the default value.
    4. Click
      OK
      to save the WildFire General Settings.
  6. Start submitting samples for WildFire analysis.
    1. Define traffic to forward for WildFire analysis. (Select
      Objects
      Security Profiles
      WildFire Analysis
      and modify or
      Add
      a WildFire Analysis profile).
      As a best practice, use the WildFire Analysis default profile to ensure complete WildFire coverage for traffic the firewall allows. If you still decide to create a custom WildFire Analysis profile, set the profile to forward
      Any
      file type—this enables the firewall to automatically start forwarding newly-supported file types for analysis.
    2. For each profile rule, set the WildFire Deployments
      Destination
      to which you want the firewall to forward samples for analysis—
      public-cloud
      or the
      private-cloud
      .
    3. Attach the WildFire Analysis profile to a security policy rule. Traffic matched to the policy rule is forwarded for WildFire analysis (
      Policies
      Security
      and
      Add
      or modify a security policy rule).
  7. Enable the firewall to get the latest WildFire signatures.
    New WildFire signatures are made available every five minutes to detect and identify malware.
    1. Select
      Device
      Dynamic Updates
      :
      • (
        WildFire public and hybrid cloud
        ) Check that
        WildFire
        updates are displayed.
      • (
        WildFire private and hybrid cloud
        ) Check that
        WF-Private
        updates are displayed. For the firewall to receive signatures from a WildFire appliance, you must enable the WildFire appliance to locally generate signatures and URL categories.
      • Select
        Check Now
        to retrieve the latest signature update packages.
    2. Set the
      Schedule
      to download and install the latest WildFire signatures.
    3. Use the
      Recurrence
      field to set the frequency at which the firewall checks for new updates to
      Every Minute
      .
      As new WildFire signatures are available every five minutes, this setting ensures the firewall retrieves these signatures within a minute of availability.
    4. Enable the firewall to
      Download and Install
      these updates as the firewall retrieves them.
    5. Click
      OK
      .
  8. Start scanning traffic for threats, including malware that WildFire identifies.
    Attach the
    default
    Antivirus profile to a security policy rule to scan traffic the rules allows based on WildFire antivirus signatures (select
    Policies
    Security
    and add or a modify the defined
    Actions
    for a rule).
  9. Control site access to web sites where WildFire has identified the associated link as malicious or phishing.
    This option requires a PAN-DB URL Filtering license. Learn more about URL Filtering and how it enables you to control web site access and corporate credential submissions (to prevent phishing attempts) based on URL category.
    1. Select
      Objects
      Security Profiles
      URL Filtering
      and
      Add
      or modify a URL Filtering profile.
    2. Select
      Categories
      and define
      Site Access
      for the phishing and malicious URL categories.
    3. Block
      users from accessing sites in these categories altogether, or instead, allow access but generate an
      Alert
      when users access sites in these categories, to ensure you have visibility into such events.
    4. Enable Credential Phishing Prevention to stop users from submitting credentials to untrusted sites, without blocking their access to these sites.
    5. Apply the new or updated URL Filtering profile, and attach it to a security policy rule to apply the profile settings to allowed traffic:
      1. Select
        Policies
        Security
        and
        Add
        or modify a security policy rule.
      2. Select
        Actions
        and in the Profile Setting section, set the
        Profile Type
        to profiles.
      3. Attach the new or updated
        URL Filtering
        profile to the security policy rule.
      4. Click
        OK
        to save the security policy rule.
  10. Confirm that the firewall is successfully forwarding samples.
    • If you enabled logging of benign files in Step Confirm your WildFire license is active on the firewall., select
      Monitor
      WildFire Submissions
      and check that entries are being logged for benign files submitted to WildFire. (If you’d like to disable logging of benign files after confirming that the firewall is connected to WildFire, select
      Device
      Setup
      WildFire
      and clear
      Report Benign Files
      ).
    • Other options to Verify File Forwarding allow you to confirm that the firewall forwarded a specific sample, view samples the firewall forwards according to file type, and to view the total number of samples the firewall forwards.
    • Test a Sample Malware File to test your complete WildFire configuration.
  11. Investigate WildFire analysis results.
    • Find WildFire analysis results:
    • Assess the risk of malware you find on your network with the AutoFocus threat intelligence portal. AutoFocus layers data from global WildFire submissions with statistics to identify pervasive and targeted malware, both on your network, within our industry, and globally.
  12. Next step:
    Review and implement WildFire Best Practices.

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