Recently, Microsoft announced that the Azure Firewall is in public preview (beta). The Azure Firewall is a new, optional set of extra cost security features that would be deployed in conjunction with Azure Network Security Groups. Key capabilities include:
A stateful firewall as a service that provides outbound control over traffic based on port, protocol and fully qualified domain name (FQDN – i.e., www.github.com).
Built-in high availability with unrestricted cloud scalability; fully integrated with Azure Monitor for logging and analytics.
Price based on each FW instance deployed + bandwidth consumed.
Red team, Blue team real-time exercises designed to sharpen your cyber skills on the Palo Alto Networks platform. Participate individually, with your team, or with other organizations (max of 12 people). Locations include:
Washington, D.C. / Reston area
Santa Clara, CA at Palo Alto Networks headquarters
End-of-Sale and End-of-Life
As of August 1st, the following products are end-of-sale:
PA-5000 series firewall appliance
PA-7000 series network processing line cards
The end-of-sale date for these items will be January 31, 2019. They will continue to be supported of course (for 5 years), but will no longer be available for purchase. Going forward customers should purchase the newer PA-5200 series appliances which have more capacity at a similar cost as the PA-5000 series. The PA-7000 NPC line cards effected are the PA-7000-20G-NPC and PA-7000-20GQ-NPC. The remaining NPC cards are not effected (PA-7000-20GXM-NPC and PA-7000-20GQXM-NPC).
Also, in case you missed it, the PA-200, PA-500, and M-100 appliances were announced end-of-sale in May (with an EOS date of October 31, 2018). Newer hardware should be considered: PA-220, PA-800 series, and the M-200. More information may be found here:
This team takes on the task of dissecting various malware campaigns through all means available (reverse engineering, WildFire analysis, AutoFocus data, etc.) and reports back in blog format the IOC’s and other interesting data. Of course, their research also feeds back into WildFire so customers with that subscription are auto-inoculated ;-)
Considerations when upgrading to PAN-OS 8.1
If you have the need to upgrade to PAN-OS 8.1, like all new releases, be sure to read the upgrade/downgrade considerations before making plans. Here are the ones we know about: