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Palo Alto Networks Enterprise Firewall PA-500
Internet Gateway Deployments within Medium to Large Branch Offices and Medium Sized Enterprises

Palo Alto Networks Enterprise Firewall PA-500

Sorry, this product is no longer available, and replaced by the new Firewall PA-220.



The Palo Alto Networks™ PA-500 is targeted at high speed firewall deployments for enterprise branch offices and medium size businesses. The PA-500 manages network traffic flows using dedicated computing resources for networking, security, threat prevention and management.

The Palo Alto Networks enterprise firewall PA-500 is ideally suited for Internet gateway deployments within medium to large branch offices and medium sized enterprises to ensure network security and threat prevention. The Palo Alto firewall PA-500 manages network traffic flows with high performance processing and dedicated memory for networking, security, threat prevention, URL filtering and management. Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall's high speed backplane smoothes the pathway between processors and the separation of data and control plane ensures that management access is always available, irrespective of the traffic load.

The high speed backplane is divided into separate data and control planes, thereby ensuring that management access is always available, irrespective of the traffic load. The controlling element of the PA-500 next-generation firewall is PAN-OS™, a security-specific operating system that allows organizations to safely enable applications using App-ID, User-ID, Content-ID, GlobalProtect and WildFire.

Classify all applications, on all port, all the time with App-ID.

  • Identify the application, regardless of port, encryption (SSL or SSH) or evasive technique employed.
  • Use the application, not the port, as the basis for all safe enablement policy decisions: allow, deny, schedule, inspect, apply traffic shaping.
  • Categorize unidentified applications for policy control, threat forensics, custom App-ID creation, or packet capture for App-ID development.

Extend safe application enablement policies to any user, at any location, with User-ID and GlobalProtect.

  • Agentless integration with Active Directory, LDAP, eDirectory Citrix and Microsoft Terminal Services.
  • Integrate with NAC, 802.1X wireless and other non-standard user repositories with an XML API.
  • Deploy consistent policies to local and remote users running Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android or iOS platforms.

Protect against all threat-both known and unknown-with Content-ID and Wildfire

  • Block a range of known threats including exploits, malware and spyware, across all ports, regardless of common threat evasion tactics employed.
  • Limit unauthorised transfer of files and sensitive data, and control non-workrelated web surfing.
  • Identify unknown malware, analyze for more than 100 malicious behaviors, automatically create and deliver a signature in the next available update.


Security Features

  • Application Visibility
    Port numbers, protocols, and IP addresses are useful for network devices, but they tell you nothing about what is on your network. Detailed information about the applications, users, and content traversing your network empowers you to quickly determine any risks they pose and quickly respond. Leveraging the rich context provided by Palo Alto Networks firewalls, our visualization, analysis, and reporting tools let you quickly learn more about activity on your network and analyze incidents from a current or comparative perspective.
  • User Visibility - An integral component for secure application enablement policies.
    Traditionally, security policies were applied based on IP addresses, but the increasingly dynamic nature of users and applications mean that IP addresses alone have become ineffective as a policy control element for safe application enablement. Our next-generation firewalls integrate with a wide range of enterprise directories and terminal services offerings, allowing you to:
    • See who is using the applications on your network
    • Set policy based on users
    • Perform forensic analysis and generate reports on user activities
  • AntiVirus - Network-based Malware Protection.
    The broadening use of social media, messaging and other non-work related applications introduce a variety of vectors for viruses, spyware, worms and other types of malware. Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls allow you to block unwanted applications with App-ID, and then scan allowed applications for malware.
  • IPS
    Today's attacks on your network use a combination of application vectors and exploits. Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls arm you with a two-pronged approach to stopping these attacks. Unwanted applications are blocked through App-ID, and the applications you choose to allow through are scanned for vulnerability exploits by our NSS-approved IPS engine.
  • Data Filtering & File Blocking
    The application function level control, file blocking by type, and data filtering features of our next-generation firewalls allow you to implement a range of policies that help balance permitting the use of personal or non-work related applications, with the business and security risks of unauthorised file and data transfer.
  • Modern Malware Protection - WildFire: Protection from targeted and unknown threats.
    Modern attackers are increasingly using targeted and new unknown variants of malware to sneak past traditional security solutions. To address this, Palo Alto Networks developed WildFire, which identifies new malware in minutes. By executing suspect files in a virtual environment and observing their behavior, Palo Alto Networks identifies malware quickly and accurately, even if the malware sample has never been seen before. Once a file is deemed malicious, WildFire automatically generates protections that are delivered to all WildFire subscribers within an hour of detection. A WildFire license provides your IT team with a wealth of forensics to see exactly who was targeted, the application used in the delivery, and any URLs that were part of the attack.
  • URL Filtering - Control Web Activity with URL Filtering.
    The perfect complement to the policy-based application control provided by App-ID is our on-box URL filtering database, which gives you total control over related web activity. By addressing your lack of visibility and control from both an application and web perspective, App-ID and URL Filtering together protect you from a full spectrum of legal, regulatory, productivity, and resource utilization risks.
  • Mobile Security
    Mobile computing is one of the most disruptive forces in information technology. It is revolutionizing how and where employees work, as well as the tools they use to perform their jobs. Mobile devices are not just ways to access existing applications such as corporate email, but the platform for opening up entirely new ways of doing business. Make sure that you have the proper security to extend your business applications and data to smartphones, tablets and laptops. Learn how to safely enable mobile devices by using GlobalProtect from Palo Alto Networks.

Networking Features

  • Decryption - Identify & Control Encrypted Traffic.
    Take control of your SSL and SSH encrypted traffic and ensure it is not being used to conceal unwanted activity or dangerous content. Using policy-based decryption and inspection, you can confirm that SSL and SSH are being used for business purposes only, instead of to spread threats or unauthorised data transfer.
  • IPv6 - Safely enabling applications, users and content in IPv6 environments.
    Our next-generation firewalls allow you to deploy consistent, safe application enablement policies across IPv6, IPv4 and mixed environments.
  • Networking
    Our flexible networking architecture includes dynamic routing, switching, and VPN connectivity, which enables you to easily deploy Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls into nearly any networking environment.
  • VPN - Standards-based VPN Connectivity.
    Secure site-to-site and remote user connectivity is a critical infrastructure component. Every Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall platform allows you to easily and securely communicate between sites using standards-based IPSec VPN connections. Remote user communications are protected through a rich set of VPN features.
  • Virtualization Security
    The VM-Series supports the exact same next-generation firewall and advanced threat prevention features available in our physical form factor appliances, allowing you to safely enable applications flowing into, and across your private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments. Automation features and an API enable you to dynamically update security policies as your VM environment changes, eliminating potential security lag. The VM-Series supports the following hypervisors: VMWare ESXi and NSX, Citrix SDX, KVM (Centos/RHEL), Ubuntu, Amazon Web Services.

Management Features

  • Centralized Management
    The centralized management features in Panorama will minimize the administrative efforts and operational costs associated with your deployment of our next-generation firewalls in multiple locations - either internally or globally. Panorama allows your team to centrally manage all device aspects including configuration and policy deployment, visibility into applications, users and content as well as logging and reporting.
  • Device Management
    Our firewall management philosophy is to make administrative tasks such as report generation, log queries, policy creation, and ACC browsing easy to execute and consistent, no matter which mechanism - web interface, Panorama, CLI or API - you use.
  • Policy Control - Secure Application Enablement.
    The increased visibility into applications, users and content delivered by Palo Alto Networks simplifies figuring out which applications are traversing your network, who is using them, and the potential security risks. Armed with this data, you can apply secure enablement policies with a range of responses that are more finely tuned than the traditional 'allow or deny' approach.
  • Redundancy
    Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls support a series of redundancy and resiliency features that ensure your firewall will continue to provide the secure application enablement you need to keep your business running.
  • Virtual Systems - Scalable Firewall Services With Virtual Systems.
    Virtual systems are unique and distinct next-generation firewall instances within a single Palo Alto Networks firewall. Instead of deploying many individual firewalls, security service providers and enterprises can deploy a single pair of firewalls (high availability) and enable a series of virtual firewall instances (virtual systems). Each virtual system is an independent (virtual) firewall within your firewall that is managed separately and cannot be accessed or viewed by other users.

Next-Generation Firewall Solutions:

Fundamental shifts in the application and threat landscape, user behavior, and network infrastructure have steadily eroded the security that traditional port-based firewalls once provided. Your users are accessing all types of applications using a range of device types, often times to get their job done. Meanwhile, datacenter expansion, virtualization, mobility, and cloud-based initiatives are forcing you to re-think how to enable application access yet protect your network.

Traditional responses include an attempt to lock down all application traffic through an evergrowing list of point technologies in addition to the firewall, which may hinder your business; or allowing all applications, which is equally unacceptable due to increased business and security risks. The challenge that you face is that your traditional port-based firewall, even with bolt-on application blocking, does not provide an alternative to either approach. In order to strike a balance between allowing everything and denying everything, you need to safely enable applications by using business-relevant elements such as the application identity, who is using the application, and the type of content as key firewall security policy criteria.

Key safe enablement requirements:

  • Identify applications, not ports. Classify traffic, as soon as it hits the firewall, to determine the application identity, irrespective of protocol, encryption, or evasive tactic. Then use that identity as the basis for all security policies.
  • Tie application usage to user identity, not IP address, regardless of location or device. Employ user and group information from enterprise directories and other user stores to deploy consistent enablement policies for all your users, regardless of location or device.
  • Protest against all threats-both known and unknown. Prevent known vulnerability exploits, malware, spyware, malicious URLs while analyzing traffic for, and automatically delivering protection against highly targeted and previously unknown malware.
  • Simplify policy management. Safely enable applications and reduce administrative efforts with easy-to-use graphical tools, a unified policy editor, templates, and device groups.

Safe application enablement policies can help you improve your security posture, regardless of the deployment location. At the perimeter, you can reduce your threat footprint by blocking a wide range of unwanted applications and then inspecting the allowed applications for threats- both known and unknown. In the datacenter - traditional or virtualized, application enablement translates to ensuring only datacenter applications are in use by authorised users, protecting the content from threats and addressing security challenges introduced by the dynamic nature of the virtual infrastructure. Your enterprise branch offices and remote users can be protected by the same set of enablement policies deployed at the headquarters location, thereby ensuring policy consistency.

Deploy Safe Enablement Policies Across the Entire Organization

Enabling Applications to Empower the Business

Safe application enablement with Palo Alto Networks™ next-generation firewalls helps you address your business and security risks associated with the rapidly growing number of applications traversing your network. By enabling applications for users or groups of users, both local, mobile, and remote, and protecting the traffic against known and unknown threats, you can improve your security posture while growing your business.

Applications, Users and Content - All under your control
  • Classifying all applications, across all ports, all the time. Accurate traffic classification is the heart of any firewall, with the result becoming the basis of the security policy. Today, applications can easily bypass a port-based firewall; hopping ports, using SSL and SSH, sneaking across port 80, or using non-standard ports. App-ID™ addresses the traffic classification visibility limitations that plague traditional firewalls by applying multiple classification mechanisms to the traffic stream, as soon as the firewall sees it, to determine the exact identity of application traversing your network, regardless of port, encryption (SSL or SSH) or evasive technique employed. The knowledge of exactly which applications are traversing your network, not just the port and protocol, becomes the basis for all your security policy decisions. Unidentified applications, typically a small percentage of traffic, yet high in potential risk, are automatically categorized for systematic management- which can include policy control and inspection, threat forensics, creation of a custom App-ID, or a packet capture for Palo Alto Networks App-ID development.
  • Integrating users and devices, not just IP addresses into policies. Creating and managing security policies based on the application and the identity of the user, regardless of device or location, is a more effective means of protecting your network than relying solely on port and IP address. Integration with a wide range of enterprise user repositories provides the identity of the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, or iOS user accessing the application. Users who are traveling or working remotely are seamlessly protected with the same, consistent policies that are in use on the local, or corporate network. The combined visibility and control over a user's application activity means you can safely enable the use of Oracle, BitTorrent, or Gmail, or any other application traversing your network, no matter where or how the user is accessing it.
  • Protect against all threats, both known and unknown. To protect today's modern network, you must address a blend of known exploits, malware and spyware as well as completely unknown and targeted threats. This process begins by reducing the network attack surface by allowing specific applications and denying all others, either implicitly through a deny-all-else strategy or through explicit policies. Coordinated threat prevention can then be applied to all allowed traffic, blocking known malware sites, vulnerability exploits, viruses, spyware and malicious DNS queries in a single pass. Custom or otherwise unknown malware is actively analyzed and identified by executing the unknown files and directly observing more than 100 malicious behaviors in a virtualized sandbox environment. When new malware is discovered, a signature for the infecting file and related malware traffic is automatically generated and delivered to you. All threat prevention analysis uses full application and protocol context, ensuring that threats are always caught even if they attempt to hide from security in tunnels, compressed content or on non-standard ports.

Deployment and Management Flexibility

Safe application enablement functionality is available in either a purpose-built hardware platform or in a virtualized form factor. When you deploy multiple Palo Alto Networks firewalls, in either hardware or virtual form factors, you can use Panorama, an optional centralized management offering to gain visibility into traffic patterns, deploy policies, generate reports and deliver content updates from a central location.

Protecting Enabled Applications

Safe application enablement means allowing access to certain applications, then applying specific policies to block known exploits, malware and spyware - known or unknown; controlling file or data transfer, and web surfing activity. Common threat evasion tactics such as port-hopping and tunneling are addressed by executing threat prevention policies using the application and protocol context generated by the decoders in App-ID. In contrast, UTM solutions take a silo-based approach to threat prevention, with each function, firewall, IPS, AV, URL filtering, all scanning traffic without sharing any context, making them more susceptible to evasive behavior.

  • Block Known Threats: IPS and Network Antivirus/Anti-spyware. A uniform signature format and a stream-based scanning engine enables you to protect your network from a broad range of threats. Intrusion prevention system (IPS) features block network and application-layer vulnerability exploits, buffer overflows, DoS attacks, and port scans. Antivirus/Anti-spyware protection blocks millions of malware variants, as well as any malware-generated command-and-control traffic, PDF viruses, and malware hidden within compressed files or web traffic (compressed HTTP/HTTPS). Policy-based SSL decryption across any application on any port protects you against malware moving across SSL encrypted applications.
  • Block Unknown, Targeted Malware: Wildfire. Unknown or targeted malware is identified and analyzed by WildFire, which directly executes and observes unknown files in a cloud-based, virtualized sandbox environment. WildFire monitors for more than 100 malicious behaviors and the result is delivered immediately to the administrator in the form of an alert. An optional WildFire subscription offers enhanced protection, logging, and reporting. As a subscriber, you are protected within an hour when a new piece of malware is found anywhere in the world, effectively stopping the spread of new malware before it impacts you. As a subscriber, you also gain access to integrated WildFire logging and reporting and an API for submitting samples to the WildFire cloud for analysis.
  • Identify Bot-Infected Hosts. App-ID classifies all applications, across all ports, including any unknown traffic, which can often expose anomalies or threats in your network. The behavioral botnet report correlates unknown traffic, suspicious DNS and URL queries and a variety of unusual network behaviors to reveal devices that are likely infected with malware. The results are displayed in the form of a list of potentially infected hosts that can be investigated as possible members of a botnet.
  • Limit Unauthorised File and Data Transfers. Data filtering features enable your administrators to implement policies that will reduce the risks associated with unauthorised file and data transfers. File transfers can be controlled by looking inside the file (as opposed to looking only at the file extension), to determine if the transfer action should be allowed or not. Executable files, typically found in drive-by downloads, can be blocked, thereby protecting your network from unseen malware propagation. Data filtering features can detect, and control the flow of confidential data patterns (credit card or social security numbers as well as custom patterns).
  • Control Web Surfing. A fully-integrated, customizable URL filtering engine allows your administrators to apply granular web-browsing policies, complementing application visibility and control policies and safeguarding the enterprise from a full spectrum of legal, regulatory, and productivity risks. In addition, the URL categories can be leveraged into the policies to provide further granularity of control for SSL decryption, QoS, or other rule bases.

Ongoing Management and Analysis

Security best practices dictate that your administrators strike a balance between proactively managing the firewall, whether it is a single device or many hundreds, and being reactive, investigating, analyzing, and reporting on security incidents.

  • Management: Each Palo Alto Networks platform can be managed individually via a command line interface (CLI) or full-featured browser-based interface. For large-scale deployments, Panorama can be licensed and deployed as a centralized management solution that enables you to balance global, centralized control with the need for local policy flexibility using features such as templates and shared policy. Additional support for standards-based tools such as SNMP, and REST-based APIs allow you to integrate with third-party management tools. Whether using the device's web interface or Panorama's, the interface look and feel is identical, ensuring that there is no learning curve when moving from one to another. Your administrators can use any of the provided interfaces to make changes at any time without needing to worry about synchronization issues. Role-based administration is supported across all management mediums, allowing you to assign features and functions to specific individuals.
  • Reporting: Predefined reports can be used as-is, customized, or grouped together as one report in order to suit the specific requirements. All reports can be exported to CSV or PDF format and can be executed and emailed on a scheduled basis.
  • Logging: Real-time log filtering facilitates rapid forensic investigation into every session traversing your network. Log filter results can be exported to a CSV file or sent to a syslog server for offline archival or additional analysis.

Purpose-Built Hardware or Virtualized Platforms

Palo Alto Networks offers a full line of purpose-built hardware platforms that range from the PA-200, designed for enterprise remote offices to the PA-5060, which is designed for high-speed datacenters. The platform architecture is based on a single pass software engine and uses function specific processing for networking, security, threat prevention and management to deliver you predictable performance. The same firewall functionality that is delivered in the hardware platforms is also available in the VM-Series virtual firewall, allowing you to secure your virtualized and cloud-based computing environments using the same policies applied to your perimeter or remote office firewalls.


Next-Generation Firewall Technology

The underlying technologies within our next-generation firewall form the basis of an enterprise security platform that natively classifies all traffic, on all ports, inclusive of applications, threats and content. The traffic is then tied to the user, regardless of location or device type allowing you to use the application, content, and user - the core elements that run your business - as the basis of your safe application enablement policies.



Traffic classification is at the heart of any firewall, because your classifications form the basis of your security policies. Traditional firewalls classify traffic by port and protocol. At one point, this was a satisfactory mechanism for securing the perimeter. Not anymore.

If you still use a port-based firewall it is easy for applications to bypass it by:

  • Hopping ports
  • Using SSL and SSH
  • Sneaking across port 80
  • Using non-standard ports

Simply put, the traffic classification limitations of port-based firewalls make them unable to protect today's network. That's why we developed App-ID™, a patent-pending traffic classification system only available in Palo Alto Networks firewalls. App-ID™ instantly applies multiple classification mechanisms to your network traffic stream, as soon as the device sees it, to accurately identify applications.



User-ID seamlessly integrates Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls with a wide range of user repositories and terminal services environments. Depending on your network environment, there are a variety of ways you can map a user's identity to an IP address. Some of these include:

  • Authentication events
  • User authentication
  • Terminal services monitoring
  • Client probing
  • Directory services integration
  • Syslog Listener and a powerful XML API

The user identity, when tied to the application activity, provides you with more complete visibility into usage patterns, greater policy control, and more granular logging, reporting and forensics capabilities.



Content-ID gives you a real-time threat prevention engine, combined with a comprehensive URL database, and elements of application identification to:

  • Limit unauthorised data and file transfers
  • Detect and block exploits, malware and malware communications
  • Control unapproved web surfing

The application visibility and control of App-ID, coupled with the content inspection enabled by Content-ID, empowers your IT team to regain control over your application traffic and related content.

Single-Pass Parallel Processing (SP3) Architecture

Purpose-built Platform

Multi-Gbps throughput is enabled through function-specific processing for networking, security, threat prevention and management, which are tightly integrated with a single pass software engine to maximize throughput. A 10Gbps data plane smoothes traffic flow between processors while the physical separation of control and data plane ensures that management access is always available, irrespective of traffic load.



GlobalProtect provides a comprehensive security solution for mobile devices built upon the technologies of the Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform and tailored to address mobile requirements. It delivers unprecedented levels of integration to deliver a unique solution that combines technology, global intelligence and policy enforcement over mobile apps and threats. These principles allow businesses to provide a safe environment for applications and data while still permitting users to enjoy the native user experience of their preferred device.



WildFireTM simplifies an organization's response to the most dangerous threats-automatically detecting unknown malware and quickly preventing threats before organizations are compromised. Unlike legacy security solutions, WildFire quickly identifies and stops these advanced attacks without requiring manual human intervention or costly Incidence Response (IR) services after the fact.

  • Unified hybrid cloud architecture, either deployed through the public cloud, or via a private cloud appliance that maintains all data on the local network.
  • Dynamic analysis of suspicious content in a cloud-based virtual environment to discover unknown threats.
  • Automatic creation and enforcement of best-in-class content-based malware protections.
  • Link detection in email, proactively blocking access to malicious websites.


Panorama enables you to centrally manage the process of configuring devices, deploying security policies, performing forensic analysis, and generating reports across your entire network of our next-generation firewalls. Available as either a virtual appliance or a dedicated management platform, Panorama and the individual device management interfaces share the same web-based look and feel, ensuring workflow consistency while minimizing any learning curve or delay in executing the task at hand.

Technical Specifications:

PA-500 Front View
Model PA-500
Performance and Capacities Specifications
Firewall throughput 250 Mbps
Threat prevention throughput 100 Mbps
IPSec VPN throughput 50 Mbps
New sessions per second 7,500
Max sessions 64,000
SSL decrypt sessions 1,000
IPSec VPN tunnels/tunnel interfaces 250
GlobalProtect (SSL VPN) concurrent users 100
SSL decrypt sessions 1,000
SSL inbound certificates 25
Virtual routers 3
Security zones 20
Max. number of policies 1,000
Hardware Specifications
I/O (8) 10/100/1000
Management I/O (1) 10/100/1000 out-of-band management port, (1) RJ-45 console port
Storage Capacity 160GB SSD
Power Supply (Avg/Max Power Consumpiton) 180W (40W/75W)
Max BTU/HR 256
Input Voltage (Input Frequency) 100-240VAC (50-60Hz)
Max Current Consumption 1A@100VAC
Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) 10.16 years
Max Inrush Current 110A@230VAC; 51A@115VAC
Rack Mountable 1U, 19" standard rack
Dimensions 1.75"H x 10"D x 17"W
Weight (Stand alone device/as shipped) 8lbs/13lbs
Safety UL, CUL, CB
EMI FCC Class A, CE Class A, VCCI Class A, TUV
Certifications FIPS 140 Level 2, ICSA, UCAPL
Operating temperature 32° to 122° F, 0° to 50° C
Non-operating temperature -4° to 158° F, -20° to 70° C

Networking Specifications:

Interface Modes
  • L2, L3, Tap, Virtual wire (transparent mode)


  • Modes: OSPF, RIP, BGP, Static
  • Forwarding table size (entries per device/per VR): 1,250/1,250
  • Policy-based forwarding
  • Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE)
  • Multicast: PIM-SM, PIM-SSM, IGMP v1, v2, and v3


  • Active/Passive with no session synchronization
  • Failure detection: Path monitoring, Interface monitoring

Address Assignment

  • Address assignment for device: DHCP Client/PPPoE/Static
  • Address assignment for users: DHCP Server/DHCP Relay/Static


  • Features: L2, L3, Tap, Virtual Wire (transparent mode)
  • Services: App-ID, User-ID, Content-ID, WildFire and SSL Decryption


  • 802.1q VLAN tags per device/per interface: 4,094/4,094
  • Max interfaces: 250
  • Aggregate interfaces (802.3ad)


  • Max NAT rules: 125
  • Max NAT rules (DIPP): 125
  • Dynamic IP and port pool: 254
  • Dynamic IP pool: 16,234
  • NAT Modes: 1:1 NAT, n:n NAT, m:n NAT
  • DIPP oversubscription (Unique destination IPs per source port and IP): 1
  • NAT64

Virtual Wire

  • Max virtual wires: 125
  • Interface types mapped to virtual wires: physical and subinterfaces

L2 Forwarding

  • ARP table size/device: 500
  • MAC table size/device: 500
  • IPv6 neighbor table size: 500

Security Specifications:

  • Policy-based control over applications, users and content
  • Fragmented packet protection
  • Reconnaissance scan protection
  • Denial of Service (DoS)/Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) protection
  • Decryption: SSL (inbound and outbound), SSH


  • Identify and analyze targeted and unknown files for more than 100 malicious behaviors
  • Generate and automatically deliver protection for newly discovered malware via signature updates
  • Signature update delivery in less than 1 hour, integrated logging/reporting; access to WildFire API for programmatic submission of up to 100 samples per day and up to 1,000 report queries by file hash per day (Subscription Required)

File and Data Filtering

  • File transfer: Bi-directional control over more than 60 unique file types
  • Data transfer: Bi-directional control over unauthorised transfer of CC# and SSN
  • Drive-by download protection

User Integration (User-ID)

  • Microsoft Active Directory, Novell eDirectory, Sun One and other LDAP-based directories
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008/2008r2, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003/2007/2010
  • Microsoft Terminal Services, Citrix XenApp
  • XML API to facilitate integration with non-standard user repositories

IPSEC VPN (Site-To-Site)

  • Key Exchange: Manual key, IKE v1
  • Encryption: 3DES, AES (128-bit, 192-bit, 256-bit)
  • Authentication: MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512
  • Dynamic VPN tunnel creation (GlobalProtect)
Threat Prevention (Subscription Required)
  • Application, operating system vulnerability exploit protection
  • Stream-based protection against viruses (including those embedded in HTML, Javascript, PDF and compressed), spyware, worms
URL Filtering (Subscription Required)
  • Pre-defined and custom URL categories
  • Device cache for most recently accessed URLs
  • URL category as part of match criteria for security policies
  • Browse time information

Quality of Service (QOS)

  • Policy-based traffic shaping by application, user, source, destination, interface, IPSec VPN tunnel and more
  • 8 traffic classes with guaranteed, maximum and priority bandwidth parameters
  • Real-time bandwidth monitor
  • Per policy diffserv marking
  • Physical interfaces supported for QoS: 4

SSL VPN/Remote Access (GlobalProtect)

  • GlobalProtect Gateway
  • GlobalProtect Portal
  • Transport: IPSec with SSL fall-back
  • Authentication: LDAP, SecurID, or local DB
  • Client OS: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 (32/64 bit), 10.8 (32/64 bit), Windows XP, Windows Vista (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
  • Third party client support: Apple iOS, Android 4.0 and greater, VPNC IPSec for Linux

Management, Reporting, Visibility Tools

  • Integrated web interface, CLI or central management (Panorama)
  • Multi-language user interface
  • Syslog, Netflow v9 and SNMP v2/v3
  • XML-based REST API
  • Graphical summary of applications, URL categories, threats and data (ACC)
  • View, filter and export traffic, threat, WildFire, URL, and data filtering logs
  • Fully customizable reporting


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