Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls Valuable Features

Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry. We value the security of our client's infrastructure so these features are valuable to us. An example of a very valuable feature behind Palo Alto is the application-aware identifiers that help the firewall know what its users are trying to do. It can block specific activities instead of just blocking categories. For example, you can block an application. It will block an application that it has never heard of. All unknowns are blocked. For example, one time I was alerted by Palo Alto that something unusual was happening through a particular port at a client location. I blocked the port access because I didn't know what exactly was going on and alerted the client. Then the client called me up and said, "Hey, I need the port that was blocked because [of this]." We could then test what was going on in a secure environment where it couldn't affect anything else to be sure the behavior was not something to be concerned about. In this case, Palo Alto kept the client totally safe. That is a fantastic capability. View full review »
Jonny Su
IS&S Europe and Global Infrastructure Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are the threat prevention and policy-based routing features. View full review »
Mahmoud Salaheldin
Security Unit Manager at EEMC
All of the features are good. The new release of the new basic platform provides you with a huge number of features, such as policy review, DNS security, Machine learning, Network traffic profiling, Bare metal analysis View full review »
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Head, Information Technology at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
It has the typical features of a next-generation firewall. It can do application control, antivirus, content filtering, etc. And in terms of performance, the value for money of the model that we bought is sufficient for our size. View full review »
Mustafa Arrabi
IT Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I found Palo Alto NG firewalls more intuitive compared to other products. I value the capability to identify a cloud solution. View full review »
Bachir Elsitt
Network Security Engineer at Data Consult
Visibility and Protection It gives us good visibility into the network, and this is very important because it's the core of the network. All the packets go through the firewall. MFA is a new feature in Palo Alto and it's good to use it. View full review »
Denis L
Sales Engineer at BAKOTECH LLC
The WildFire feature is one of the best features in this firewall. WildFire extends the capabilities of Palo Alto firewalls to block malware. The best feature for the reseller is Service Lifecycle Reviewer, SLR. You deploy Palo Alto Network Firewall to the customer environment and it collects data about customer environment, customer traffic. After a week, Palo Alto generates a report to review the traffic. The report tells what applications were touched and how users used these applications in the environment, as well as additional details. So for resellers, you just go to the customer, deploy the Palo Alto in the basic mode so the customer doesn't need to customize anything in their environment because Palo Alto works to meter traffic out of the box. Of course, the reports register app ID, user ID, the space of the app IDs, the database of these app IDs and other common data. It is a great feature in the Palo Alto product. View full review »
The most valuable features are blocking traffic by country, and URL filtering to improve policy compliance and our overall cybersecurity posture. The ad blocker is also pretty handy. Moreover, the VPN client has turned out to be more useful than I initially thought, and the users love the 'one-click' connect. View full review »
Rakesh Rawat
Network Engineer at Acliv Technologies Pvt Ltd
The most valuable feature is the ability to deeply analyze the connection or connection type. View full review »
Vice President & Head Technology Transition at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We are using pretty much all of the features. This is deployed in our parameter and pretty much provides for different functionalities, for all incoming traffic and outgoing traffic. View full review »
Jean Maurice Prosper
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The app ID is very good. View full review »
Aleksandar Jovanovic
System Engineer with 51-200 employees
Palo Alto is easy to use, feature-rich, and it has good technical support. You can fetch users, so you have visibility by username, IP address, destination, application, and you can even define a custom application. In the GUI, you can easily find blocked traffic and the reason for it. View full review »
Senior Technical Consultant at Exclusive GRP
The accessibility, antivirus, and stability features are the most valuable. It's so stable, the customer can use the decryption features without impacting performance. View full review »
Ibrahim Ghanem
Head of Information Network Security at FRA
We have found the application control to be the most valuable feature. Also, Layer 7, because all other products are working up to the maximum capacity. But Palo Alto is benefiting us, especially in application control management. We are able to differentiate between Oracle traffic and SQL traffic. View full review »
Sales Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
I find the configuration the most valuable. View full review »
Mike Hancock
Vice President, Security Engineering at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ease of use of the central Panorama to control all firewalls as one unit for baseline rules and then treat each firewall separately when needed. View full review »
Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The firewall has a lot of sub-capabilities underneath it. View full review »
Mohamed Farouk
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Most features in Palo Alto are okay, but we have had some issues like publicity not working. Comments have some delay, but overall, it's a good product. View full review »
IT Technician / Support
* GlobalProtect * URL filtering * Threat prevention. These features are great, but they have drawbacks and could be a bit better, flexible, and easy to manage since it takes the admin time to get them right. View full review »
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