Palo Alto Networks recently announced the release of PAN OS-10, their latest NGFW Firmware release. Thanks to state-of-the-art new features, PAN-OS 10 empowers users to stay ahead of threats, increase their visibility, and automate policies to reduce human error.
Here are the most innovative ways PAN OS-10 is empowering users.
Leveraging Machine Learning
With machine learning powering many key features, PAN-OS 10 drastically reduces the amount of manual time spent configuring your firewall, setting rules, and creating parameters. PAN-OS 10 leverages machine learning to:
- Automate IoT Security: Leveraging AI and machine learning, PAN-OS 10 can accurately gauge what devices are trying to do, automatically creating rules and updating them as it learns more about the device activity.
- Generate Device-IDs: Machine learning determines metadata about a given device and creates a unique Device-ID based on the dynamically learned behavior. Rules can then be set based on the Device-IDs.
- Filter URLs: Leveraging inline machine learning, webpage content is analyzed to determine if it contains malicious components.
- Enhance GlobalProtect: PAN-OS 10 leverages the machine learning created Device-IDs to identify and quarantine compromised devices.
- Increased WildFire Capabilities: Machine learning now helps dynamically detect malicious files in portable executable PowerShell scripts.
Significant Enhancements to Previous Functionality
In addition to introducing new technology, the PAN-OS 10 update also rolled out improvements and enhancements to existing functionality. These include:
- Visibility on Custom Threat Names: You can create custom Thread IDs on Panorama on a per-device group level, generating a threat log with custom data.
- External Dynamic List Log Fields: Now you can more easily identify when your traffic matches an EDL via new log fields. This allows you to easily determine if your EDLs are functioning as planned.
- Master Key Encryption Enhancement: A new encryption algorithm (AES-256-GCM) allows you to configure master key encryption for data like keys and passwords.
- IP Range and Subnet Support in Dynamic Address Groups: When you add a new device to your network as part of an already-tagged IP set, the firewall applies security policies automatically.
- X-Forwarded-For HTTP Header Data Support in Policy: Your firewall can now read XFF fields and use that data to enforce security policies.
- WildFire Real-Time Signature Updates: Access signatures as they’re created, to minimize security gaps.
Advanced Network Capabilities
PAN-OS 10 also provides end users with some of the most advanced network capabilities found in firewalls in the market today. Some of the enhanced capabilities include:
- HA Clustering: You can now synchronize session states among firewalls in a HA cluster of up to 16 firewalls. In the case of one firewall going down, sessions are automatically re-routed to another firewall in the cluster.
- Advanced Route Engine: Allow your firewall to scale while maintaining high performance. This is ideal for large data centers, enterprises, and cloud users.
- IPv6 Address Support for the WildFire Appliance: WildFire added support for IPv6 s to enhance the capabilities of leveraging local file analysis.
- Cellular Network Features: Network Slice Security, Equipment ID Security, and Subscriber ID Security are now all supported and enhanced within a 5G network.
New Panorama Features
Panorama now empowers users to manage policies and devices like never before, with the addition of these new features:
- Automatic Content Updates through Offline Panorama: Automatically download content updates when your appliances and applications are not connected to the internet.
- Syslog Forwarding At Layer 2: Optimize management operations by forwarding logs over an Ethernet interface, which prevents loss of logs and reduces management load.
- Access Domain Enhancements for Multi-Tenancy: Device Group and Template admins can now view the configuration and systems logs for devices within their access domain.
Virtualization features are another way PAN-OS-10 is allowing end users to be forward-thinking and innovative with their firewalls. Two new virtualization features include:
- Automatic Site License Activation on the PAYG VM-Series Firewalls: PAYG subscribers can unlock enterprise-wide licenses for AutoFocus or Cortex Data Lake via device certificate.
- CN-Series Firewalls for Securing Kubernetes Deployments: Provision security for containerized applications across multiple Kubernetes environments with the CN-Series firewalls.
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For a full list of new features and updates, you can view the PAN-OS 10 Release Notes here.