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Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB is the #16 ranked solution in top Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software. PeerSpot users give Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB an average rating of 8.4 out of 10. Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB is most commonly compared to Fortinet FortiGate IPS: Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB vs Fortinet FortiGate IPS. Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 62% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 21% of all views.
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What is Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB?

Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB is an advanced URL filtering solution that provides a way to control web access, as well as how users interact with online content. With this solution, your organization can prevent credential phishing theft by assuming strict control over which sites users can enter their corporate credentials into. Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering with PAN-DB provides web protection by using URL database capabilities to help you automatically detect and prevent new malicious and targeted web-based threats instantly.

Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB Features

Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

  • Inline protection: Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB provides inline protection from new malicious web pages by using machine learning to detect and block new threats in milliseconds.
  • Anti-evasion: Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB analyzes live web content, disrupting attackers and identifying the true nature of malicious sites hiding behind evasive techniques.
  • Phishing protection: By using Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB, you can spot phishing pages instantly and accurately before they destroy your network.
  • URL database: Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB has a URL database that maintains hundreds of millions of known malicious and benign URLs categorized through a combination of static, dynamic, machine learning, and human analysis.
  • Criteria matching: With this feature, you can designate multiple policy action types based on URL categories or criteria.

Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB Benefits

There are many benefits to implementing Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

  • Eliminates security silos: Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB gets rid of security silos so you can attain proper security posture and keep users safe.
  • Cloud native: Because Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB is cloud native, it enables you to easily expand and scale capabilities when necessary.
  • Minimizes operational expenditure: By reducing the need for standalone solutions, Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB helps your organization decrease operational expenditures.
  • Safeguards against phishing: Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB enables you to stop credential phishing attempts by offering layers of prevention to protect your organization from known and brand-new phishing sites.
  • Consistent security policies and capabilities: With Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB, you can deploy advanced URL filtering with hardware appliances, on virtual environments, or in the cloud with the same set of policies and security consistently applied.
  • Increased detection: Detect evasive and targeted attacks by detecting real web traffic and not web crawler data.

Reviews from Real Users

Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB solution.

Consultant Michael V. says, “What I really like about PAN and what makes it a worthwhile solution is that rather than having an administrator constantly updating a list of prohibited URLs, you can do it by categories. Every one of these URLs gets meta-tagged as hate speech or antisemitic or pornography, or whatever it is, and when you set up the filter everything that's prohibited by HR policy is there. I don't have to maintain anything, it catches everything.”

PeerSpot user Darshil S., Consultant at a tech services company, mentions, “The multiple categorizations of URLs are quite helpful. For example, if a URL is a social media website, such as facebook.com, it can be classified at a certain risk level - from high to low.”

Karthikeyan S., Sr. Cloud Data Architect at Sun Cloud LLC, explains, "Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB is easy to use, easy to operate, and easy to edit."

Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB was previously known as Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering PAN-DB.

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Deputy manager IT at Hyundai Nishad
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Provides Threat Protection Across a Variety of Internet Connections
Pros and Cons
  • "The Palo Alto solution has improved our organization by providing threat protection across a variety of internet connections. Our company also gets valuable insights regarding threat analysis."
  • "One way Palo Alto can improve is by offering sandboxing. I don't know if they currently offer a sandboxing feature together with the firewall or not. They should provide secure sandboxing with the firewalls."

What is our primary use case?

We operate in the automotive industry. Internally we work with computing and networking equipment, concentrated on collecting, storing, processing, and distributing enormous amounts of data. Our company deploys this solution for internal web security purposes.


How has it helped my organization?

The Palo Alto solution has improved our organization by providing threat protection across a variety of internet connections. Our company also gets valuable insights regarding threat analysis.

What needs improvement?

One way Palo Alto can improve is by offering sandboxing. I don't know if they currently offer a sandboxing feature together with the firewall or not. They should provide secure sandboxing with the firewalls.


For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.
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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup and configuration was straight-forward.

The solution was deployed by a small team of about five people in our facility. Their roles included end users, application developers, and system administrators, etc.

What was our ROI?

I would say it will take another three to four years to realize any significant returns on our investment.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend using this solution as an enterprise-class security, including a firewall and protection for Microsoft Edge. This solution can also be used as a data center or file storage tool for workloads (small or large).

I would rate this tool as a 7 out of 10.


Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Enables us to have better visibility and protection from threats and is incredibly stable

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is for both internal and external firewalls.

How has it helped my organization?

It's allowed us to have better visibility and protection from threats.

What is most valuable?

  • Next generation rule set 
  • Much more granular

What needs improvement?

Performance monitoring could use improvement. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's incredibly stable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is very good. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using Fortinet Fortigate.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward. The deployment took five minutes. Our implementation strategy was to build everything out using existing data. 

What about the implementation team?

We implemented with ANM. They were good. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing and licensing are excellent.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Cisco Firepower.

What other advice do I have?

Demo this first and then other competitors and you'll quickly see what's the right fit and which is the superior product. 

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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reviewer818484 - PeerSpot reviewer
reviewer818484Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User

To add on... Palo Alto just released 9.0, which adds a huge amount of even better functionality. Their Endpoint Security - TRAPS just also released a new version (6.0) and they are incorporating XDR functionality soon, as well as correlation for anomaly detection across the combined data stream from both firewall and endpoint platforms. We have already started testing SSL decrypt months ahead of schedule and incorporated multiple threat feeds. It just keeps getting better with their forward-thinking vision of a modern security platform and ecosystem.

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Bruce Bennett - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Systems Analyst at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
The ability to manage blacklists and whitelists easily is very useful, especially for internal access and limiting outbound access

What is our primary use case?

We are not using it for the general population, just for a select group of users in an isolated subnet. We are using it primarily as a whitelist with little reliance on the PAN-DB.

How has it helped my organization?

I cannot say that PAN-DB has provided any significant improvements, since we are using it primarily as a white list.

What is most valuable?

Being able to manage blacklists and whitelists easily is very useful, especially for internal access and limiting outbound access.

What needs improvement?

The biggest improvement is the categories per site. For hosting sites like Blogspot, they host sites that should be in different categories, but get lumped together in general. There needs to be more granularity or multiple categorizations.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
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