Mastering Palo Alto Networks

By Tom Piens
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  1. Section 1: First Steps and Basic Configuration

About this book

To safeguard against security threats, it is crucial to ensure that your organization is effectively secured across networks, mobile devices, and the cloud. Palo Alto Networks’ integrated platform makes it easy to manage network and cloud security along with endpoint protection and a wide range of security services. With this book, you'll understand Palo Alto Networks and learn how to implement essential techniques, right from deploying firewalls through to advanced troubleshooting.

The book starts by showing you how to set up and configure the Palo Alto Networks firewall, helping you to understand the technology and appreciate the simple, yet powerful, PAN-OS platform. Once you've explored the web interface and command-line structure, you'll be able to predict expected behavior and troubleshoot anomalies with confidence. You'll learn why and how to create strong security policies and discover how the firewall protects against encrypted threats. In addition to this, you'll get to grips with identifying users and controlling access to your network with user IDs and even prioritize traffic using quality of service (QoS). The book will show you how to enable special modes on the firewall for shared environments and extend security capabilities to smaller locations.

By the end of this network security book, you'll be well-versed with advanced troubleshooting techniques and best practices recommended by an experienced security engineer and Palo Alto Networks expert.

Publication date:
September 2020
Publisher
Packt
Pages
514
ISBN
9781789956375

 

Section 1: First Steps and Basic Configuration

In this section, you’ll learn about the core technologies that make up the Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall, and how to connect to a freshly booted firewall appliance or virtual machine. You’ll also learn how to apply the basic configuration for you to get up and running.

This section comprises the following chapters:

About the Author

  • Tom Piens

    Tom Piens, PCNSE, CISSP, and founder of PANgurus, has nearly 10 years of experience working with Palo Alto Networks customers. Tom has been at the forefront of engaging with customers, responding to questions, and analyzing unique needs to apply the best possible solutions or workarounds. He has authored a great many articles on the Palo Alto Networks knowledge base and discussion forum solutions, including the popular Getting Started series. Also known as “reaper” on the PANgurus and LIVEcommunity forums, and @PANWreaper on Twitter, Tom has been recognized by Palo Alto Networks user groups and community members, and by countless thankful customers.

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