URL Filtering

Safeguard your organization from web-based threats

Go beyond web protection basics

URL Filtering enables you to safely use the web for business needs. Go beyond basic web filtering by identifying threats through a unique combination of static analysis augmented by machine learning.

Automated protections are always up to date and block access to malicious sites that deliver malware or steal credentials. Site risk ratings take the guesswork out of policy creation, enabling you to easily block or apply granular control to risky sites. Advanced capabilities, such as credential phishing protection, extend your firewall policy, minimising attack exposure while keeping web security rules simple.

Safe Web Access Through Coordinated Protection

Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering service scans websites and analyzes their content using machine learning, with static and dynamic analysis, to accurately determine categories and risk ratings. URLs are classified into benign or malicious categories, which can easily be built into next-generation firewall policy for total control of web traffic. Newly categorized malicious URLs are immediately blocked upon discovery, requiring no analyst intervention.

Analytics are used to assign a risk rating to each site by examining additional layers of information, including domain history and reputation, host reputation, use of dynamic DNS, or the presence of high-risk content. URL categories and risk rating can be used together to create nuanced policies that block dangerous sites that may be used in phishing attacks, exploit kit delivery, or command and control, while still allowing employees the freedom to access web resources necessary for a business purpose.

URL Filtering works as part of the Security Operating Platform for an integrated approach to stopping threats at every opportunity. When an attack is launched against your network, URL Filtering works with your next-generation firewalls and Threat Prevention subscription to provide you with superior security. In addition to its own analysis, URL Filtering uses shared threat information from WildFire® malware prevention service and other sources, updating protections against malicious sites within seconds.