What is SSL Decryption?

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Have you heard of SSL Decryption? Seems like SSL, also referred to as HTTPS, is a buzz word as of late.

SSL is a growing category of network traffic that delivers private and secure communications.

However, it can also be used inappropriately to hide application usage, transfer data to unauthorized parties, and mask malicious activity.


SSL Decryption is the ability to view inside of Secure HTTP traffic (SSL) as it passes through the Palo Alto Networks firewall.

Before, without SSL Decryption, you as a firewall admin had no access to the information inside of the encrypted SSL packet, masking all of the activity.

Now, with SSL decryption, if the data is sourced from within your network, you will have the ability to see within the SSL packet to find hidden applications and threats inside SSL traffic.


To view an article about Implementing and testing SSL Decryption, see this doc:



For a list of Resources/Quick Tips talking about SSL Decryption, see this doc:



For a Webcast Video talking all about SSL Decryption (1 hour long), Created by Todd Humphreys and Wes Robertson, use the following link:


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