Palo Alto Networks WildFire Review

It has great stability and we see a lot of value from it

What is our primary use case?

WildFire is being deployed based on vendor and security best practices and recommendations from our Managed Service Provider. leveraging their inherent knowledge it allows us to think outside the box. 

What is most valuable?

When  a security Intel threat talks about an IOC. We can then go to our MSP and ask, "Is there a signature for this particular type of malware?" The response is generally  yes, it is applied almost in real time. 

What needs improvement?

It's not a problem specific to the technology, it's a problem across the board. All the encrypted traffic can be a challenge. Becoming a man in the middle requires CPU cycles, causing additional  overhead.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability's great as long as its sized correctly. no huge hits from a CPU or RAM from a performance perspective. It would be prudent to monitor performance statistics. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The way it's delivered, I don't see scalability being an issue.

How are customer service and technical support?

We're a managed service, so we've got to fill in the middle that's running interference for us.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is really straightforward. Turn the WildFire service on within firewalls and then apply that service to the security policies you want.

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

Some services require additional licensing. WildFire was one of the services we definitely wanted out of the gate. Suggestion is to determine your requirements of services and map back to the cost of turning on the service.

What other advice do I have?

Install the solution set it up the service in alert mode. Run reports and determine how you want it tuned, them move into block mode. You may want to go to  block mode right away with known out of the box threats. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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