The Palo Alto Networks PA-440 Next-Gen Firewall is part of the 400 series of Next Generation firewalls. The others in this line are the PA-410, PA-415, PA-445, PA-450, and PA-460. The big deal with this series is that is the first Next-Gen firewall family powered by machine learning.
Machine Learning – Why it’s a big deal
In short, ML is the science of getting computers to get smarter over time, on their own, like humans do. It is not exactly the same as Artificial Intelligence, but for our purposes, it’s close. There’s an old axiom about computers; they don’t do what you want them to; they do what you tell them to.
This allows the PA-400 series to provide dynamic security actions based on user behavior to restrict suspicious or malicious users. They can also consistently authenticate and authorize your users. And they can do it regardless of their location and where user identity stores live. This enables a quick move toward a Zero Trust security posture with Cloud Identity Engine; an entirely new cloud-based architecture for identity-based security.
The controlling element of the PA-400 Series is PAN-OS. It’s the same software that runs all Palo Alto firewalls. PAN-OS natively classifies all traffic, inclusive of applications, threats, and content. It then ties that traffic to the user regardless of location or device type.
The application, content, and user (the elements that run your business) then serve as the basis of your security policies. This results in improved security posture and reduced response times.
Features of the PA-400 series
The Palo Alto PA-440 is loaded with capabilities, as you would expect from anything that wears the Palo Alto logo. It identifies and categorizes all applications, on all ports, all the time, with full Layer 7 inspection. And, it identifies the applications traversing your network irrespective of port, protocol, evasive techniques, or encryption (TLS/SSL).
The PA-400 series also enables you to safely implement SD-WAN. And, the Palo Alto 400 series benefits from centralized management, configuration, and visibility for multiple firewalls. Of course, this is irrespective of location or scale.
It reaches up to 2.9 Gbps of Firewall Throughput, 1 Gbps of Threat Prevention Throughput, and 1.7 Gbps of IPsec VPN Throughput. It is capable of 37,000 new sessions per second and 200,000 sessions total.
Palo Alto Networks PA-440 Next-Gen Firewall
- Total Firewall Throughput: 2.9 Gbps
- IPSec VPN Throughput: 1.7 Gbps
- Threat Prevention Throughput: 1 Gbps
- Single-pass traffic scanning reduces latency